It seems like every politician has a different plan for putting people back to work. Some want to cut taxes, others want to offer huge incentives to companies. And with so many competing ideas, we—joined by the Planet Money team—couldn't help but wonder...how do you create a job? Is there a magic formula? A secret cure-all?
In Syria, thousands of protesters across the country took to the streets for the ninth Friday in a row. This, despite what now appears to be the most deadly crackdown against a pro-democracy uprising anywhere in the Arab world. But fewer people were hurt than on Fridays past. At least six were killed and several more injured.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is trying to solve his unusual health care problem. His signature on a 2006 Massachusetts law that looks an awful lot like the federal health law most Republicans now want to repeal. Thursday, the likely presidential candidate gave a speech in Michigan that tried to draw distinctions between a law he says he still supports and the federal law he doesn't.
George Mitchell is resigning as the Obama administration's point man for Mideast peace talks, after failing to sustain direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The announcement comes just days before the president meets with two Mideast leaders in Washington.
Saturday marks a historic day for Haiti. For the first time in the country's history, presidential power is being handed over peacefully. President Rene Preval will be succeeded by Michel Martelly, a retired-musician-turned-politician. Martelly will also be Haiti's first head of state elected since last year's catastrophic earthquake. Robert Siegel talks with Jacqueline Charles, the Miami Herald's Caribbean correspondent.
The reconciliation agreement between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas is already having an impact in the beleaguered Gaza Strip. After a childhood dominated by misery and war, Yusef Ali is finally daring to hope. The winds of change that came with the Arab spring have swept into the benighted pocket of coastal desert in which he's been trapped for his whole life. Ali's only 27, yet he's spent the last four years living like a pensioner. He's been paid — but he's banned from working, because he's a soldier in the Palestinian Presidential Guard.
A recent gift to Florida State University is once again raising questions about what kinds of strings donors can attach to their gifts. Big donors say they are just trying to ensure that universities expand their research, but many faculty feel that schools strapped for money are agreeing to unacceptable conditions.