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July 31, 2015 Comment

Puerto Rico Nears Default As Deadline Looms

The expected default comes after the governor in June told investors that the island’s $72 billion in debt was unpayable.

July 31, 2015 Comment

GOP 2016 Hopefuls Race To Qualify For First Debate

Donald Trump stayed out in front of a crowded Republican field, while former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore announced his candidacy.

July 31, 2015 Comment

Despite Diplomacy Advances, Athletes Continue To Flee Cuba

In July, 18 Cuban athletes left their teams for the U.S. during international competition.

July 31, 2015 3 Comments

Jonathan Pollard, Spy For Israel, Granted Parole After 30 Years

Pollard’s case has been a divisive one: supporters say his sentence was overly harsh, while critics say he should never be released.

July 30, 2015 3 Comments

Congress Heads Toward Recess With Export-Import Bank In Limbo

The bank has become a hot-button political issue for conservatives who see the bank as corporate welfare.

July 30, 2015 11 Comments

Haiti Observes 100th Anniversary Of 19-Year U.S. Occupation

The Dominican Republic’s treatment of Haitians has drawn criticism from American politicians, but the U.S.’ role in the problem is rarely discussed.

July 30, 2015 2 Comments

Medicare, Medicaid Turn 50 Years Old

Former President Harry Truman was the first to enroll in Medicare.

July 30, 2015 3 Comments

WWII ‘Good Luck Flags’ Head Back To Japan

Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo today carrying 70 Japanese flags for the 70th anniversary of war’s end.

July 30, 2015 23 Comments

NAACP To Begin 860-Mile ‘Journey For Justice’ March

The march, which will travel from Selma, Ala. to Washington, seeks to highlight vulnerable communities subject to regressive voting rights.

July 30, 2015 4 Comments

Iran Deal Sparks Potential Arms Race In Region

In the wake of the historic deal over Iran’s nuclear program, several nations in the region are seeking to boost their missile defense systems.

July 30, 2015 7 Comments

Activists Block Icebreaker Ship Bound For Alaska Drilling Operation

The Greenpeace activists say they are prepared to stay suspended from the bridge for days.

July 29, 2015 3 Comments

Boston Mayor Wishes LA Luck In Possible Olympic Bid

Mayor Marty Walsh reflects on how Boston’s Olympic bid fell apart and suggests changes at the International Olympic Committee.

July 29, 2015 Comment

House And Senate Debate Separate Highway Bills

The House votes today on a patch to keep federal highway and transit aid going to states, while the Senate is debating a long-term bill.

July 27, 2015 5 Comments

Boston’s Bid To Host 2024 Olympics Is Over

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties on Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

July 27, 2015 77 Comments

Is Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 A Good Idea?

As New York is expected to raise its minimum hourly pay, we look at the economics and politics behind the minimum wage.

July 27, 2015 6 Comments

Republican-On-Republican ‘Warfare’

In a speech on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz went so far as to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a “liar.”

July 24, 2015 3 Comments

New Relationship With U.S. Promises Big Changes For Cubans

SUNY Buffalo professor Henry Louis Taylor Jr. warns that while there are major positives to the deal, it has its negatives as well.

July 24, 2015 10 Comments

Political Roundtable: Candidates Struggle To Stand Out As Trump Gains Speed

GOP candidate Donald Trump continues to dominate coverage — drowning out other candidates.

July 24, 2015 3 Comments

Kenyan Security Ahead Of President Obama’s Visit

Security is high in Nairobi today as President Obama arrives for a global summit on entrepreneurship.

July 23, 2015 149 Comments

Donald Trump Still Has Questions About President Obama’s Birthplace

The Republican presidential candidate isn’t focusing on the issue, but when asked, he still expresses doubts that Obama is U.S.-born.

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July 30 33 Comments

Oxford Conservationist Talks About 7 Years Of Tracking Cecil

The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.

July 30 23 Comments

NAACP To Begin 860-Mile ‘Journey For Justice’ March

The march, which will travel from Selma, Ala. to Washington, seeks to highlight vulnerable communities subject to regressive voting rights.

July 29 2 Comments

Garden-Inspired Cooking With Kathy Gunst

We visit our resident chef's garden in Maine, make gazpacho and get a recipe for a plum tart with hazelnut crust.

July 29 639 Comments

Two Sides Of The GMO Debate

We moderate a debate over a bill that would bar states from forcing food manufacturers to label genetically modified foods.