Iranians will be listening especially carefully to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday — listening for signs that relief is coming from crippling international economic sanctions.
"These sanctions are affecting everybody," says a Tehran businessman who uses the pseudonym "Bezhad." He's especially concerned about sanctions on pharmaceuticals; his diabetic father was unable to get his usual insulin supply thanks to the restrictions.
It will be Ana Zamora’s first trip to Washington. Tonight, along with a US contractor recently released from Cuba, and an audience of veteran politicians, the 21-year-old Dallas resident will take a seat and see President Barack Obama's State of the Union address live as a special guest. She will also represent key executive actions recently issued by the president to advance his goals on immigration.
President Barack Obana's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy may be too little, too late, says one economist.
"It's a very sensible, sort of low-hanging fruit kind of thing to do, but it's a very minor thing, like putting a Band-Aid on a huge gaping wound, '' says Jayati Ghosh of Nehru University in New Delhi.
Ghosh suggests other measures, such as putting a dent in tax evasion — or increases in inheritance or capital gains taxes. Then government could expand health services, education, basic nutrition, she says.
During last year's State of the Union, President Barack Obama spoke of an "independent state for Palestinians, and lasting peace and security for the State of Israel."
Since then, Middle East peace talks have broken down and the continued spread of ISIS has countries across the region on high alert. And after striking Hezbollah targets inside Syria on Sunday, Israel is braced for possible retaliation by the Shiite militant group.
The Cincinnati Zoo has announced the three lion cubs born in November are all female. A release says the cubs got their first check up today. The zoo now wants to name the cubs and is asking for suggestions via Facebook and Twitter, using #CZBGLionCubs.
ISIS threatened the government of Japan on Tuesday. It demanded $200 million in ransom money, or else the extremist group would execute two Japanese men it is holding as hostages. As we know from previous videos, showing the execution of four American and British men held captive by ISIS, this is no idle threat.