Beirut bombings follow fears of Syrian war fallout
A pair of suicide bombings today struck near the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon, the latest violence in a country where concerns have run high about Iran’s influence and the spillover of violence from the civil war in Syria.
New Google ad highlights complicated India-Pakistan relationship
The feel-good ad may be surprising to Western viewers, who are likely familiar with the two nations’ antagonistic relationship.
In Cheney sisters’ feud, Republicans side with Liz
Former Vice President Dick Cheney waded into a public dispute between his daughters on Monday, highlighting the debate in the Republican party over same-sex marriage. The dispute began when daughter Liz Cheney, who is running for a Wyoming Senate seat, said she would not change her position on same-sex marriage despite her sister Mary’s marriage […]
Gettysburg Address: Americans still find the Civil War relevant to today’s politics
Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, his speech about a war that more than half of Americans say is still relevant to modern day U.S. politics.
Dow soars, but only about half of Americans will benefit
About half of all Americans own stocks, either directly or indirectly.
Chart of the Week: Inflation and unemployment through the decades
A look at 80+ years of economic history shows a complicated relationship between inflation and unemployment.
Texting while driving may be common, but it’s illegal in most states
Number of states that ban texting while driving.
The global consensus: Inequality is a major problem
One of the most striking findings from a recent Pew Research Center survey of general publics across the globe was the degree to which people see the gap between rich and poor as a major challenge. In 31 of 39 nations, half or more of those polled said inequality is a very big problem in their country.
The most narcissistic U.S. presidents
Forget Romeo and Juliet or Cleopatra and Marc Antony. At least when it comes to politics, one of the great love affairs of all time may have been between Lyndon Johnson and… himself.
Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences
Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.