As drought conditions worsen for much of the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping in to provide some relief for farmers and ranchers. Joining us from Washington D.C. is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
As severe drought covers about two-thirds of the country, more than half of all U.S. counties have been designated primary disaster areas by the Department of Agriculture.
The International Olympics Committee’s "Rule 40" prevents athletes from promoting brands other than the official Olympic sponsors during the days before and during the Games. But some athletes say the new guidelines could hurt their ability to fund their Olympic careers and training.
The fighting in Syria has flared up in the quiet city Aleppo, where scores of civilians are beginning to flee the constant shelling. Government forces have launched an offensive there, relentlessly shelling many neighborhoods in Syria's second-largest city.
Mitt Romney has said he'd support an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear program, but will it win him any votes in America? Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian Studies lecturer in Israel, thinks Obama will be tough to beat on Iran.
Earlier this month, Scribner released a new edition of 'A Farewell to Arms' with 47 different endings. We tend to think of the classics as untouched relics, but is revisiting Hemingway's artistic process a useful look at the iconic writer's legacy?
Yesterday we heard the story of the 'cyclops baby,' a child born badly disfigured and doomed to die. We put some of the questions it raises to Art Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center.
The Food and Drug Administration has finally taken action on a popular and controversial chemical. Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, can no longer be added to baby bottles and cups for young children, according to the F.D.A.
Doctor Fredric Neuman is now the director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital. But when he was a medical intern, he saw something no one should ever have to see.
Pundits and pollsters are calling it a dead heat, but November's election may not be as close as it seems. Whichever way swing states lean could mean the victory for either of the candidates, and current polling data shows President Obama with a significant lead in those battleground regions.
A court has ruled that Wells Fargo will pay $175 million as a result of a lawsuit based on discriminatory actions of the firm from 2004 to 2009. The Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division talks about the recent court ruling and what it could mean for the sinister trend of discrimination in the banking industry.
There was once a time when the bank was a respected institution. But in 2007, only two in five Americans trusted in banks. Now, just five years later, the number has dipped even lower.
The Libor manipulation scandal has dominated the news with stories of a culture of corporate greed and bankers who don't know right from wrong. But why should we care about a few London traders who fudged the numbers?
The 18th century saw the threshing machine; now, it's the 3D printer and the self-driving car. Then, it was brute force; now, it's problem-solving skills and artificial intelligence. So how do we save our jobs from the impending robot workforce?
The Libor rigging scandal that started at Barclay's in London has landed, in its most recent episode, at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Reports that Barclay's met with the New York Fed about Libor in 2007 and 2008 implicate then-president Timothy Geithner. Nobody knows yet what those meetings were about, but the Treasury Secretary may now face grilling from some senators who want to know more.
The Olympic trials are in full swing, which means the games are right around the corner. Today, we’re kicking off our coverage with some of the Olympic athletes to watch in 2012. But there are plenty of other athletes flying under the radar who could make a big splash in London. Jason Stallman, deputy sports editor for our partner The New York Times, has his eye on who to watch out for.
Over the weekend Libyans voted in the first free national elections since the demise of dictator Colonel Moammar Gaddafi. During all the changes and turmoil in Libya last year, there's one guest we interviewed a number of times on the show: Matthew VanDyke. Last year, VanDyke was captured by Gaddafi loyalists in Libya and held in solitary confinement for about six months before he escaped. VanDyke eventually came home, but he never lost his love for Libya or the Libyan people.
Grover Norquist is the creator of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” It’s an oath to never vote for any legislation that will raise taxes. More than 270 members of congress have pledged, and they’re all Republican. But now one Republican is taking his John Hancock off the oath. That Republican is Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell.
A Texas man who loves bowling narrowly missed bowling three perfect games by a single pin. He later found out that bowling a perfect 900 could have killed him.
This week President Obama is visiting Ohio and Pennsylvania, two states that are already pegged as crucial swing states in the 2012 presidential election. But although these two states are getting the majority of the attention, there are many states that could go to either candidate.