If the U.S. does not take action, Syrian President Bashar Assad will use chemical weapons "again and again," U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power says. But Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sees "no direct security threat" to the U.S. or its allies. The debate is building to votes in Congress.
Millions of Syrians have poured into refugee camps, where food, water and health services are scarce. As the U.S. prepares for possible military action, aid agencies are preparing for thousands more people to flee and worsen the humanitarian crisis.
Also: What "immigrant fiction" means; Wild author Cheryl Strayed on finding her half-sister; the best books coming out this week.
While some kids are dozing off in high school biology class, Jack Andraka was figuring out a way to fight cancer. A couple of years ago, the Maryland high school junior came up with a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer that's 168 times faster than current tests. And also more affordable. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson talks to the teenager about what he's working on next.
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Since the spring, investors have gradually been shifting away from emerging markets. The Financial Times is reporting now that American investors have put more money into European stocks than at any time since 1977.
Marketplace's Stephen Beard joined host David Branaccio to discuss. He said this is another sign that the U.S. is becoming more confident about the Euro zone. But few believe the crisis is completely over.
"Greece needs a third bailout. That won't go down well with German taxpayers. This crisis could easily flare up again in the fall," he said.
Marketplace's European editor Stephen Beard joined host David Brancaccio.
Click the audio player above to hear more. And click here to listen to David's conversation with Julia Coronado, chief economist with BNP Paribas, about the shift away from emerging markets.
This final note on the way out, in which I'm sorry to have to tell you that we as a country are a lot less happy that we were a year ago.
The United Nations is out with its second annual World Happiness Report, which -- simple though it might sound -- is dedicated to the proposition that quality of life ought to be measured just like gross domestic product, or other leading economic indicators.
Anyway, we come in at number 17, down from 11 last year. Denmark took the top slot, with Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden rounding up the quintet of the world's most content countries.
Last week's investigative piece by the New York Times, ProPublica, and the Guardian showed that the NSA was not only conducting surveillance, but also working to undermine the last ten years of encryption online. Chester Wisniewski, senior advisor at the cyber security firm Sophos, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss.