The new number is $849 billion. That is the cost the Congressional Budget Office has stamped on the health bill now in the Senate, which, spread out over 10 years, would provide medical coverage to some 31 million uninsured Americans.
President Obama is finalizing a decision on a way forward in Afghanistan. Here's what different decisions would mean, and why any of them could ultimately come up short.
What if Thursday's atrocious slaughter at Fort Hood only signals that the worst is yet to come? The murder scene Thursday afternoon at the Killeen, Texas, military base, the largest in the country, was heart-wrenching.
When it comes to icons of the environmentalist movement, Stewart Brand ranks at the top of the list. Brand, 70, founded the Whole Earth Catalog, which helped to mold the counterculture of the 1970s.
Once upon a time, the emblematic jazz singer was an African-American woman, serenading a smoke-filled room. Think Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Today, a talented crop of cosmopolitan young singers are creating a new breed of jazz vocalist: the globalized chanteuse.
For the ailing music industry, Norah Jones is about as close to a sure thing as it's got. Every one of her first three records has gone to No. 1 both inside and outside the U.S.─she's sold more than 36 million albums around the world, and she's not even 30. "My first album was made by just throwing stuff to the wall to see if it stuck," she has said about Come Away With Me, which won eight Grammy Awards.
Photo: YouTube.comThe tickets to see Shakira at Madison Square Garden were supposed to be an innocent gift to my wife. We had no birthday or anniversary to celebrate, but Ana, who grew up in some half dozen countries around the world, already knew all the classics from the half-Lebanese Colombian-born international superstar, and I thought it would be a nice surprise.
by Andrew BastStudying rock guitar is an oxymoron. That's strange, because there's formal education for just about every other popular kind of music. If you want to play, say, double bass in a classical orchestra, there are scores of advanced programs offering master's degrees that lead to apprenticeships and auditions.
by Andrew Bast Aren't aliens adorable? Little green men waving peace signs have long been an extraterrestrial staple of the culture. The bigheaded E.T. may be the most famous, created by Steven Spielberg in 1982, who captured the country's heart by desperately wanting to call home.
A new book about human smuggling from China into the U.S. offers a glimpse into the failures of immigration policy in the 1990s.