For weeks now, President Obama and the Treasury have fixated on an Aug. 2 deadline at which, they say, the United States will not be able to meet its financial obligations and would default for the first time in history.
HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday.
And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times.
When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospital, it found they declined 1.6 percent in the U.S. in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Inpatient surgeries took a bigger hit than outpatient cases, but both were down.
Jamie Bartlett is head of the Violence and Extremism Programme at the London-based think tank Demos. Jonathan Birdwell is a researcher on the Violence and Extremism Programme at Demos. They are currently undertaking a major research project into the growth of far-right street-based movements across Europe, including the largest ever survey of far-right activists, which is due to be completed in October 2011.
New analysis of Census data by the Pew Research Center finds that the recession has erased decades of gains minorities had made in closing the country's wealth gap. That gap between whites and minorities is now the widest it's been in 25 years.
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
House speaker John Boehner's new plan to cut spending while raising the debt limit faces two obstacles. It must win the votes of most of the 240 Republicans in the House. And the plan, or something like it, needs to be accepted by Senate majority leader Harry Reid. At the moment, overcoming the obstacles is anything but assured.
Zachary A. Goldfarb of the Washington Post talks with Steve Inskeep about the possibility that the U.S. government may have extra time to negotiate a deal to raise the debt ceiling because of higher-than-expected daily tax receipts. The deadline for Congress to raise the limit is Aug. 2.