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Forget the debate over climate change. Calamity is already upon us. A yearlong GlobalPost investigation assesses the damage from the Amazon, to Africa, to the Gobi, Greenland and beyond. Read more»

The world is going to hell, from the economy to the environment. But don't worry, the leaders are on it. Read more»

President Barack Obama is briefed by Liz Sherwood-Randall, senior director for European Affairs, and Mike Froman, deputy national security advisor for International Economic Affairs, in the Oval Office on Friday.

Economics is an up and down game. So, too, is politics. But as President Barack Obama has been reminded in recent weeks, the two are inextricably linked. And right now for the White House, the direction on both is decidedly down. Read more»

Steve Jobs at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference on June 11, 2007, in San Francisco.

Famed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is in the early stages of whittling down Walter Isaacson's best-selling tome "Steve Jobs" for a movie. Read more»

Delta Airlines pulls its ads from "The Daily Show." Jon Stewart nemesis Bill Donohue of the Catholic League claims victory. Up next: Kellogg's? Read more»

President Barack Obama speaks to Congress during the State of the Union on Tuesday.

Just two days after President Obama referenced Ener1, an electric battery maker that received a $118 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Read more» 2

An Occupy Wall Street protester, Thursday.

In short, the social contract in America is broken. The optimistic glue that has successfully held together so much diversity, so many disparate dreams, for so long, is coming undone. Unfortunately, the 99 percent and the 1 percent appear to be miles apart, and this is particularly true in the U.S. right now. Read more»

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

In his closely watched remarks this morning in Jackson Hole, Wyo., U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke offered no plan for immediate economic stimulus. Read more»

Cook and Jobs in 2007.

So how is the Steve Jobs bombshell playing inside Apple? New CEO Tim Cook didn't waste any time assuring his employees after yesterday's announcement that Steve Jobs is stepping down as chief executive. Read more»

The Federal Reserve is concerned that the euro zone debt crisis could "eventually hinder the ability of European banks to fund loans and meet other financial obligations in the U.S." Read more»

Rick Perry speaks at the soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on Monday.

Yes, it's political silly season. But, campaigning in Iowa, Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry has just said something shocking. He's unleashed the "T" word, and I don't mean taxes: treason. (with video) Read more» 5

Sophomoric humor on the Iowa campaign trail? Shocking. See the photo that has the web buzzing today. Read more» 1

Stock market crashes are rarely happy events for human beings (except, of course, for short sellers who guessed right). But what's the impact of a sustained and steep market decline on the overall economy? Read more» 1

As Wall Street tumbled, pundits and prophets of doom pointed their fingers at Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt. Those on the political right pointed barbed tongues at President Barack Obama and his policies, and by the end of the day, all the main stock market indexes on Wall Street pointed markedly lower. Read more»

A plaster cast of Michelangelo's David at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Today, thanks to the world wide web and Google, those interested in either (or both) penis sizes and the global economy can find economic papers with titles like this: Male Organ and Economic Growth: Does Size Matter? Read more» 3

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