In case you missed them
Just because it was summer, doesn’t mean we weren’t busy here at Reuters. Here are a few of our recent special reports that you might have missed.
Tracking Iran’s nuclear money trail to Turkey. U.N. correspondent Lou Charbonneau — who used to cover the IAEA for Reuters — followed the money to Turkey where an Iranian bank under U.S. and EU sanctions is operating freely. Nice to see the New York Times follow up on this today, and the Washington Post also quizzed Turkey’s president about it.
Blue-collar, unemployed and seeing red — Chicago correspondent James Kelleher went on the road for this story about the long-term unemployed and what that means for Obama and the Democrats at November’s midterm elections.
Even though he’s been forced to move back in with his parents and has virtually no income, Stevenson opposes Obama’s proposal to let some tax cuts for the wealthy, dating back to George W. Bush’s presidency, expire at year’s end in order to raise revenue and reduce the deficit.
“How is more people, keeping more of the money they earn, bad for the economy?” he said. “The answer is — it’s not.”
Perhaps most surprisingly, Stevenson says he’s worried Obama and the Democratic Congress may move to extend unemployment benefits past 99 weeks early this fall in an effort to curry popular support ahead of the midterm vote.
Our guys in Chicago are hard workers — Nick Carey’s special on the housing market was another story that drew a lot of feedback: Flipping, flopping and booming mortgage fraud.