E.U. Moves Ahead With Economic Reforms Package
European leaders pulled an all-nighter in Brussels and came up with an agreement mandating stricter fiscal and financial discipline in their national budgets. But Britain did not sign on. In any case, the arrangement is fuzzy on enforcement. For the short term, the summit leaders agreed to inject cash into a credit line for the International Monetary Fund and other measures they hope will stabilize financial markets, keep debt-ridden nations from default, and save the euro as the common currency.
Britain Skeptical About Euro
At the E.U. summit in Brussels, Britain was the only nation to rule out treaty changes aimed at saving eurozone countries from default and saving the euro. A look at what's behind Britain's latest show of euro skepticism — and what it means for the Tory Prime Minister David Cameron, who, ironically, is in a coalition with the pro-Europe Liberal Democratic party.
New Rules Turn Up Heat On Florida's Redistricting
Florida is adding two new congressional seats this year because of its population growth — and that's sparking a battle. Legal challenges are likely in light of constitutional amendments adopted last year that require lawmakers to draw districts without regard to parties or incumbents.
Week In Politics: Economy; GOP Primary Race
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the economy and the GOP primary race.
Maryland County Rethinks The Shopping Mall
Like other suburban areas, Montgomery County, Md., is wondering what to do with aging shopping malls like White Flint. The solution may be a radical redesign that makes malls look like the things that suburbanites once ran away from: urban downtowns.
U.S. Faces Financial Troubles As Egypt Needs Aid
The U.S. has poured $28 billion of economic assistance into Egypt in recent decades. But now when Egypt's needs are the greatest, the U.S. and Europe are cash strapped. The Obama administration is trying to quickly reprogram aid to make sure it helps bolster democratic forces in the country and creates jobs to help ease the country's transition. The International Monetary Fund's chief Christine Lagarde says her door is open as well, but countries like Egypt need to ask for aid, which does come with some conditions. Meanwhile, leading members of Congress say the U.S. has to also start imposing conditions, particularly on U.S. military aid.
Heisman's First Winner Said No To The Pros
In 1936, when the Ivy League dominated football, Yale end Larry Kelley was the first college football player to win the Heisman Trophy. But instead of going pro, Kelley returned to his old high school to teach history and coach.
Baseball Faces Busy Off-Season
Lynn Nearly talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the busy baseball off-season. St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols is moving the Los Angeles Angels, the Marlins tweak their image and a pitcher in Japan might inspire a bidding war.
Ron Paul Surges In Iowa Polls
Ron Paul is surging in the polls — at least in Iowa — reflecting the implosion of other candidates, his memorable debate performances and eclectic libertarian positions. He's for ending the wars — as well as what he calls the "socialist big government." What is his role in the GOP nomination race? Who is he hurting and helping? Could he conceivably win the nomination? Does he want to be president?