Sharon Eliza Nichols

The Urge To Purge
August 09, 2009

One of the great ironies of the health care debate is that small business owners tend to be most wary of reform, even though they are the employers who probably stand to gain the most. To see why, consider the insurance company practice of "purging," which Senator Jay Rockefeller (along with some allies) is spotlighting this week. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, insurers must renew policies for small groups from one year to the next, even if members of that group file large claims.

Awkward Political Kisses
August 04, 2009

At a ceremony certifying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term yesterday, the president and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had an awkward interaction when Ahmaminejad leaned in to kiss Khamenei. Khamenei raised his hand, the two men exchanged a few words, and Ahmaminejad ended up kissing the Ayatollah's shoulder. Cultural differences, bad timing, and plain poor judgment have contributed to some awkward political kisses over the years. Click through to see some examples of these less-than-graceful exchanges. --Sharon Eliza Nichols Photo courtesy of Reuters