Western Balkan security, stability vital for EU

Western Balkan countries deserve strong support as they move down their path to European Union membership, Germany’s top diplomat said on Monday, singling out the risks posed by Moscow to the region’s stability. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the EU cannot afford what she called security “grey areas.” “We cannot allow ourselves grey areas anywhere … Read more

House conservatives feel frustrated and sidelined in funding fight

House conservatives are finding themselves increasingly sidelined and frustrated as Congress barrels toward a bipartisan deal to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year without the steep cuts the far right has demanded. Hard-liners so far have had enough leverage to prevent a long-term budget agreement from being struck, partly because any … Read more

Wall Street is increasingly worried about inflation’s resurgence

Recent signs of stickier-than-expected inflation have some Wall Street strategists concerned that investors have become too optimistic about the odds of a soft landing in the US economy. The prevailing concern is that inflation could enter an era of stagflation, where price increases reaccelerate while economic growth slows. This was most famously seen during the … Read more

Putin is promising Russians billions of dollars of lifestyle improvements — but it’s unclear where all that money will come from

At his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, Putin pledged plans to improve living standards in Russia. That includes funding for plans to improve birth rates, infrastructure, and hospitals. But there’s at least one big problem: That money is not in the budget. Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to boost the living standards of his countrymen … Read more

NFL reportedly tinkering with onside kicks, considering bold rules to make kickoffs ‘exciting again’

Rules around onside kicks could drastically change if new proposals are adopted by the NFL. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit) The NFL loves to tinker with the game to achieve a desired result, and it looks like it is doing it again with kickoffs. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL is working on adjustments to … Read more