Unions Try To Combat Lopsided Election Spending
Organized labor, one of the most powerful forces in American politics, is facing a new reality. The Supreme Court ruled in January that corporations and unions may spend unlimited amounts in political campaigns. Even before that ruling, business outspent labor.
As Clock Ticks, Lawmakers Revisit Bush Tax Cuts
The debate over President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts heats up this fall as Congress considers the marginal rate reductions, estate tax relief and lower rates on investment income set to expire Jan. 1. At stake: trillions of dollars and tax-cutting reputations heading into the midterm elections.
Chinese Experiment Seeks Secrets To Happiness
Survey results on happiness in China seem to be entirely contradictory -- ranging from among the happiest people in the world to among the least. Now psychologists, as well as an entire Chinese town, are trying to answer the question of how China can become a happier place.
Some Advice For China: How To Lose The Blues
The country seems to be feeling a little down in the dumps lately. Luckily, former NPR correspondent Eric Weiner spent a year visiting the world's happiest places. He has a few words of wisdom for the country on how to get happy.
70 Dead After Boats Capsize On Congo's Rivers
Two boats capsized over the weekend on the Democratic Republic of Congo's network of rivers. At least 70 people are known dead and 200 others feared dead in the unrelated incidents. Officials say both boats were heavily loaded and operating with few safety measures.
Camp For Alzheimer's Patients Isn't About Memories
An unusual sleepover camp brings together about 20 people who have dementia for a weekend of music, dance, reminiscing and other activities that emphasize strengths instead of losses. While the campers typically won't remember details of the retreat, it lifts their mood, camp staffers say.
World Markets Rise As Double-Dip Fears Ease
Stock markets in Asia and Europe were hitting their highest levels in a month Monday. The main reason for the new highs, analysts say, is the U.S. economy. Last week's job numbers in the U.S. were not quite as bad as many had predicted. That's giving global investors some confidence that the U.S. is not headed into a double-dip recession.
Street Parking In Washington D.C. Goes High Tech
Cities are starting to update a critical public service: on-street parking. Washington, D.C. is in the vanguard of this new parking shift. Officials are working with private companies -- trying out five different technologies to collect parking revenue.
Professor Campaigns For Energy-Saving White Roofs
Professor Hashem Akbari of Concordia University in Montreal is on a mission to get the world's largest cities to turn at least some of their municipal building roofs white. His program is called "A Hundred Cool Cities." New York has signed up. Philadelphia is thinking it over.
Why Aren't Employers Hiring?
The unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent last month, with big political implications ahead of November elections. If the job market is ever to improve, employers will have to start feeling a lot more confident about where the economy is going. So what will it take for them to create jobs?