The North African country of Algeria borders both Tunisia and Libya, but after being scarred by a civil war during the 1990s, Algerians have not rebelled like their neighbors.
But that could change. And observers warn that there could be an explosion if the government's promise of change doesn't come fast enough. Seventy percent of the Algerian population is under the age of 30, and its discontent is growing.
Maybe people will now believe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie when he insists he's not running for president.
Because probably one of the last thing any populist politician hoping to run for president would do, and Christie is nothing if not a populist, would be to fly in a state helicopter to his son's baseball game as the Newark Star-Ledger reported.
Since the 1970s, The Children's Television Workshop—now called the Sesame Workshop— intended to help low-income children become better prepared for school by using television as a tool. Shows like Sesame Street have become so culturally ubiquitous that it's hard to imagine life before Big Bird. Jessica Harris speaks with television producer Joan Ganz Cooney about the early days of educational programming, and how she helped to revolutionize children's television, from scratch.
As expected, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter was reelected to a fourth term as president of FIFA. Blatter was running unopposed, but, as we reported yesterday, the English Football Association had called for a delay in the vote, because FIFA, worldwide soccer's governing organization, is embroiled in several ethics scandals.
It was a foregone conclusion that Wednesday's White House meeting between President Obama and House Republicans would result in no forward progress in addressing the nation's fiscal issues. Presidents don't negotiate with scores of lawmakers from the other party.
But that's not to say both sides didn't get something out of it.
For Obama, it was another chance to show himself reaching across the aisle to at least talk civilly with Republicans. Independent voters essential to his re-election have repeatedly told pollsters they like him better when he does that.