An odd thing happened on Newsnight recently and it didn’t involve either an interview with the Cookie Monster or Kirsty Wark doing the zombie dance(...)

Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a panel session at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

The figures in the Oxfam report were scarcely believable – the richest 85 people in the world share a combined wealth, about €1.2 trillion, equal to t(...)

Oiling the cogs: Much like these oil rig pumps near Long Beach, California, the US economy is running reasonably smoothly in the short to medium term, but this does not mean fiscal challenges do not exist. Photograph: Reuters/David McNew

From the frenzied political battle and clashes of opinion of recent weeks, an observer might conclude the US faces fiscal catastrophe. It does not. Th(...)

An undated handout photograph of the health insurance marketplace website, the web portal through which Americans are supposed to buy insurance on the new healthcare exchanges. For now, at least, HealthCare.gov isn’t working for many users.

Just now, the big news about Obamacare is the debacle of HealthCare.gov, the web portal through which Americans are supposed to buy insurance on the n(...)

Is the church in danger of becoming just a psychological comfort blanket, the pope asks. Photograph: Reuters

Browsing internet coverage of World Youth Day in Rio, one link stopped me short. Wonkblog, the award-winning Washington Post blog, had published a med(...)