Cambodian villagers get water from a truck at a camp in Preah Vihear province, some 300 miles northwest of Phnom Penh. Though 92 percent of households in Phnom Penh have clean running water, many in rural Cambodia rely on trucks or water purification tablets.
The sound of running water — clean running water — is not one you have always been able to hear in the ramshackle lean-tos that pass for homes on the edge of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
Providing clean water is one of the biggest challenges for governments in the developing world. Clean water charities say that thousands of people die every day of preventable diseases as a result of not having clean drinking water, and 90 percent of those who die are under the age of 5.
Like many U.S. veterans, commentator Benjamin Tupper has read Tim O'Brien's famous book about the Vietnam War,The Things They Carried. Tupper's war was in Afghanistan, but he says O'Brien's observations hold true, decades later.
Most of the physical items we soldiers carry are owned by the government, like body armor and weapons and helmets. These are unceremoniously returned to Uncle Sam as we out-process from military service.
Students eat breakfast in the classroom at McAuliffe Elementary on Chicago's northwest side. The school implemented the Breakfast in the Classroom program voluntarily three years ago.
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Students at Shoesmith Elementary on Chicago's south side. The school is 90 percent low-income. School officials say fewer students are tardy since Shoesmith began serving breakfast.
When students at Audubon Elementary stream into school, they are met just inside the doors by kitchen workers at tables in the hallway.
On the tables is a sea of paper bags: white for hot breakfast; brown for cold. Soon, the second grade smells of cinnamon and warm syrup.
Audubon is one of nearly 300 Chicago schools to begin serving breakfast in class this spring, as part of a district policy that says breakfast now must be served in elementary classrooms during school hours.
In a blog post from its engineering director, Google said it had uncovered a scam that was attempting to collect the email passwords of hundreds of Gmail users that included, "senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists."
The debt ceiling show vote in the House is now in the rear view mirror, Wall Street having been fully briefed that the GOP-orchestrated rejection of a national borrowing limit increase would signify absolutely nothing.
The House-Republicans-visit-the-White House-for-debt-ceiling-talks charade has also wrapped up, but not before a bout of chest-puffing and sputtering over who's demagoguing whom.
"Demagoguing" having emerged as the Beltway's new favorite buzzword. Because it's something so very unusual.