Judging by the front pages of Persian language newspapers neatly laid out at every Tehran newsstand, political scandal is in the air. President Ahmadinejad’s closest aides, including right-hand man Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, are being accused of embezzlement, cronyism, collaboration with opposition forces, and even pagan rituals thrown in for shock value.
“Welcome to Memphis,” boomed Ben Outlaw, the airport Hertz rental car bus driver, over the speaker system, “home of barbeque, the Civil Rights Museum, riverboats, Graceland and the 100-year flood. You can’t beat that!” Indeed, regional tourists flocked to Memphis on Monday as the Mississippi River began to crest at 48 ft
For months, the Washington press corps has referred to the House Republican freshman class as a monolithic entity. Depending on whom you ask, all 87 newbies are either heroes or extremists, holding Republican Speaker John Boehner’s feet to the fire over conservative causes.
The budget compromise reached by the White House and Congress this weekend included a “historic amount of cuts,” as House Speaker John Boehner and Senate majority leader Harry Reid said in their joint statement announcing the deal.
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Republicans and Democrats deny that they want to see a government shutdown, but both parties accuse each other of secretly rooting for one. With the federal government perilously close to shuttering on March 4 if an agreement on spending cuts cannot be reached in Congress, neither side appears prepared to make serious concessions
Noel Lee’s career is as colorful as his many sports cars: he quit a job in nuclear research to play folk rock before deciding in 1979 to make quality speaker wire. The CEO of Monster Cable spoke with TIME’s AMANDA BOWER about how he built a company on a product that stores used to give away, as well as the wireless revolution and the NFL.
In recent weeks, opponents of Barack Obama’s health-care-reform plans have criticized Britain’s National Health Service in an effort to counter the President’s proposals for greater government involvement in health care. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa suggested that his Democratic colleague Edward Kennedy would have been left to die in Britain because doctors would have refused the 77-year-old treatment for his brain tumor, and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote in an article that British health care is run by “Orwellian” bureaucrats who put a price tag on life
Nearly a year after the presidential election, the excitement of Barack Obama’s campaign has faded into the reality of an Obama White House.