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  • Greece finance minister vows compromise in loan talks

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis promised Thursday to compromise in negotiations over the next installment of a bailout loan that would prevent a default on the country's debts. Yet Varoufakis also denounced some of the reforms demanded by the...
  • Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without Congress

     Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without Congress
    Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own. Lawmakers have insisted on having a say on what could be a historic accord that...
  • Are radical Muslims the result of what's taught at Islam's most prestigious school?

    CAIRO Al-Mu'tasim Billah, Sufyan al-Omari and Omar al-Masri are 21-year-old students at Cairo's al-Azhar University, the oldest and most prestigious institute of Sunni Islamic learning in the world. But none of them is planning to graduate. Al-Mu'tasim...
  • Upset by political gridlock? Blame the baby boomers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. At some moment this year a U.S. baby boomer will die and, if census forecasts are right, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 will no longer be the nation's largest. Won't matter. Years after their millennial descendants overtake...
  • Former Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke to advise Citadel hedge fund

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will work as advisor to a leading hedge fund, becoming another onetime Washington official to move into the high-paying financial industry. Bernanke will be an "outside senior advisor" at Citadel, a...
  • Brookings report: Getting boys to like reading is no guarantee of higher test scores

    Girls enjoy reading more than boys and they consistently outscore boys on international tests, research shows. So if we could get boys to like reading better, they would get better at it, too, right? The idea makes intuitive sense, but the data don't...
  • The rich get government handouts just like the poor. Here are 10 of them

    The rich get government handouts just like the poor. Here are 10 of them
    In case you are still skeptical that many of the non-poor — and, in fact, a lot of the rich — receive benefits from government too (for which we don't make them pee in a cup or promise not to buy luxuries), we've rounded up some more...
  • Report: Indiana has more jobs, but poverty rate increases

    A decline in good-paying manufacturing jobs in Indiana and growth of lower-wage service jobs has led to a 29 percent increase in people living in poverty in the state since the year before the Great Recession and a widening in the income gap between...
  • Texas tries to stop safeguards for gays as rural areas hold sway

    AUSTIN, Texas Texas Republicans want to strip away job protections that its biggest cities now grant gay residents, a drive that reflects a divide between urban and rural interests that increasingly defines U.S. politics. Lawmakers say Houston, Dallas,...
  • Venezuela may chill drama of Cuba-U.S. relations at Summit of Americas

    Venezuela may chill drama of Cuba-U.S. relations at Summit of Americas
    The White House expected to bask in good wishes at the two-day Summit of the Americas for its historic opening to Cuba, but President Obama will face a problem: Venezuela. Angered by a White House order that identified his country as a threat to U.S....
  • Obama is waging an all-out campaign for Iran deal

    WASHINGTON Even as Iran's supreme leader suggested another hurdle to a nuclear deal Thursday, President Barack Obama and his administration waged an aggressive coordinated campaign to stop Congress from interfering. Making his first public comments on...