Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 3:56 pm
China — which holds nearly $1.3 trillion in U.S. securities (pdf) — is asking the U.S. to get its finances in order and not allow a political stalemate to cause the country to default on its obligations for the first time in history.
The United States is expected to run out of money by Oct. 17, so the Treasury needs Congress to extend its credit limit before then. As has happened before, the House and Senate are at odds and the prospects of a compromise look shaky.
Rapper Blitz the Ambassador explains to Tell Me More for the occasional series "In Your Ear," that his favorite songs are the ones that helped shape his sound. "I keep these songs really close because they always remind me of where it all begins, and what makes me the artist that I am," he says.
As his name suggests, Blitz sees himself as an ambassador for Africa and hip-hop.
A woman carries a sack of food aid on her head in Ghouta, Syria, earlier this month.
A bombed-out building in Zamalka, a neighborhood in east Ghouta, Syria. The destruction seen in this picture was caused mostly by government air raids months before the Aug. 21 chemical attack on the neighborhood.
Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:46 am
The author is a Syrian citizen in Damascus who is not being further identified for safety reasons.
The boy on the bicycle wasn't old enough to have facial hair. His feet barely reached the ground as he stopped and moved, circling the soldier manning the government checkpoint in east Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.
"Please, just one bag of bread," the boy, lips quivering, said to the soldier. "Just one."
"I told you, no. No means no, young man," the soldier replied. "No food is allowed inside." He seemed somewhat pained at having to deprive a child of food.
Louie talks with Jose Villalobos and Gregory Rocha of the UTEP Political Science Department about the current government shutdown and the political stalemate in Congress. They also were able to connect to a conference call with Senator John Cornyn and ask him questions about health on the border and the needs of veterans.
Dennis talks with film historian Jay Duncan about the newly-formed Sunset Film Society, which screens films every 3rd Saturday at 6:30 p.m., at the historic Hixon House in the Sunset Heights Neighborhood. Screenings are free, but RSVPs are requested. Find out about the other perks involved with becoming a member of the Sunset Film Society at http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org/.
Dennis & Jay also reminisce about the old homes of the Sunset Heights Neighborhood which were featured in the Oct. 5 Sunset Heights Tour of Homes.