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Silicon Valley is known for innovation and its sometimes unorthodox working environments. But a new trend has baffled correspondent Cash Peters: When is a conference not a conference? Apparently, when no one's in charge...
Some pundits say fundraising success is the best indication of presidential character. Others say it's success in business, or time spent on Capitol Hill. But Dan Drezner thinks it's how well a president performs when blindsided by fate and history.
Crippled by decades of war, the government of Afghanistan has little or no power to stop illegal or questionable enterprises. Now a classic investment swindle has entagled thousands of Afghans hoping for a brighter future. Gregory Warner reports.
Overseas capital is increasingly headed elsewhere as the U.S. dollar continues to fall. Future credit will be more expensive, and Americans will have to increasingly rely on their savings. John Dimsdale reports.
The E.P.A. recently struck down a law mandating tougher gas efficiency and emissions standards for cars sold in California. But with gas prices soaring, consumers may force Detroit's hand. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
The City of London Corporation is worried it may be losing the upper hand to the former Colonies when it comes to international finance. But some say the fuss over top-dog status is all hype, an effort to relax government regulations. Jill Barshay reports.
The clock is ticking on a compromise Farm Bill in Congress. Lawmakers might learn a lesson about the political power of agriculture from India, where poor farmers are getting a much-needed break. Jeremy Hobson reports.