Lawmakers have barely seven weeks to prevent automatic tax hikes as well as mandatory across-the-board spending cuts that could be a blow to the economy. Congressional hearings on the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, meanwhile, will likely be overshadowed by former CIA chief David Petraeus' career-ending extramarital affair.
Steve Inskeep talks to David Evans, of Bloomberg Markets magazine, about his article in the current issue, which focuses on the plethora of nonprofits — not charities, hospitals, or religious groups — that claim tax-exempt status even though they make millions in profits.
The investigation that forced the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has ensnared Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The two cases raise questions about the relationship between top officers and their civilian boss. It can be awkward but on occasion the president must disregard the counsel of military commanders.
California starts the ball rolling Wednesday on a controversial scheme to keep the planet from overheating: Businesses will have to get a permit if they emit greenhouse gases. And one California company is hoping to get in on the ground level, by turning trash into biomass energy.
Starting Wednesday, the state begins America's most ambitious effort to control climate change: Big companies must limit the greenhouse gases they release — from smokestacks to tailpipes — and get permits for those emissions.
For years, the military has been held in high regard — to the point where some argue it became less accountable to civilian authorities. The affair involving retired Gen. David Petraeus could lead to the military's being viewed as more flawed and held more accountable.
The FBI review of sensitive email messages between former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer-mistress Paula Broadwell has been raising big questions about Big Brother. One of them: When can federal law enforcement review a person's private communications?
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