Posts by Katie Couric
Still, this cloud cover isn’t rolling away anytime soon. Ninety percent of global Internet users are on it, and 80 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are expected to use cloud computing by 2020. So at least after watching this video you can say, “Now I get it.”
Jim Obergefell finally feels like a “real, equal American.”
Obergefell was lead plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that on Friday legalized same sex marriage in the United States. He spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric ahead of the decision, and again Friday amid celebrations outside the Supreme Court.
As the ruling was read aloud, “about two sentences in I started to cry and I cried the whole time,” he said.
Obergefell filed his suit after learning his name could not appear on the death certificate of his husband John Arthur, who died of ALS in 2013. The couple traveled to Maryland to get married in the last months of Arthur’s life, as their home state of Ohio did not recognize same-sex marriage.
“It was an incredible experience to hear a Supreme Court justice talk about how my marriage, my relationship, how John and I matter. How we deserve respect and dignity and I started to feel a lot more like a full, equal American at that moment,” he said.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to uphold the availability of tax subsidies related to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the 2010 Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric hosted a special live discussion of the ruling with Yahoo News chief White House correspondent Olivier Knox, Yahoo News national affairs reporter Liz Goodwin, and National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeff Rosen.
By Kaye Foley
A decision is expected by the Supreme Court soon on the fate of a key feature of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. If the justices vote in favor ofKing v. Burwell,it could mean the loss of subsidies for millions of Americans, making their health insurance no longer affordable.
Congress passed the law in 2010, and it required that everyone buy health insurance. Each state was to set up its own insurance exchange, or a health care marketplace, where residents could look at various plans available and select the one that worked best for them. Since plans were still expensive, the law also allowed for the government to offer subsidies to people who qualified. Thirty-four states opted not to set up their own marketplaces. This meant that the states defaulted to the federal marketplace instead. And subsidies have still been provided to those residents.
This is where the Supreme Court stepped in.
So whether Obamacare pulls through or not, at least after watching this video you can say, “Now I get it.”
In a press conference Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined those calling on state lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from a war memorial on the state Capitol grounds. The announcement comes days after the massacre of nine members of Charleston's historic Emanuel church by alleged gunman Dylann Roof. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric hosted a live stream of Gov. Haley's address and was joined for discussion by Morris Dees, co-founder of Southern Poverty Law Center and Jon Ward, Yahoo Senior Political Correspondent.
By Katie Brinn and Andrew Rothschild
“He was super-polite,” Moore says of his first encounter with Justin Bieber at a party at New York Fashion Week earlier this year. The rest was history. Teaming up as Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo worked on Bieber’s a cappella vocal track to make a hit that few of his fans saw coming.
Sporting a hardcore look from an early age, Moore says he is no stranger to being misunderstood. “You’re always bullied if you’re an emo kid,” he admits. But he says his parents were always supportive of his alternative style and his unconventional ambitions. The family hit a rough patch when Moore learned at age 16 that his parents had adopted him. He says his music helped him get through that period and has helped as he deals with another trial his family is now facing: the recent death of his mother. He talks about his relationship with her, how his family has come together to mourn and how Scientology has long helped his family cope with hardship.
By Kaye Foley
June 20 is the fortieth anniversary of our introduction to a great white shark with an axe to grind in Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws.”
Before 1975, the movies released between May and August were typically B-movies. But after weeks of sold-out crowds and $260 million in U.S. ticket sales, “Jaws” proved that summertime could mean big business at the box office.
And with that, the summer blockbuster was born.
Hollywood honchos figured out there are some surefire ways to wind up with a megahit when it comes to these big-budget films. That often means action, superheroes, or the supernatural. Oh, and once you’ve struck gold, keep digging. Sequels are a seasonal staple. (Here’s looking at you, “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.)
Sarah B. Boxer
On Wednesday morning, Pope Francis released his first major teaching letter — known as an encyclical — and it focuses on a “hot-button topic” around the world: climate change.
In the letter, the pope focuses on humans’ role in causing climate change. “We must be grateful for the praiseworthy efforts being made by scientists and engineers dedicated to finding solutions to man-made problems,” he writes.
The pope continues, and does not mince words: “But a sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly.”
In an interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric, Erin Lothes of the Catholic Climate Covenant called the document “historic.”
By Kaye Foley
The tale of 20-somethings living in New York City gets really real in Comedy Central’s hit TV show Broad City. Co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer play exaggerated versions of themselves, navigating the waters of the often unglamorous early years of adulthood. Renewed for a third season, Broad City has captured audiences and critics alike with its observational humor, the comedic prowess of its stars and the show’s willingness to put it all out there.
Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric met up with Jacobson and Glazer in New York’s West Village for a walk through Washington Square Park and a cappuccino at Caffe Reggio to discuss the success of their show, the real-life inspirations for the story lines and what’s on the horizon for these very funny ladies.
It was meant to be. Jacobson and Glazer met while taking classes at the famed improv theater Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), in New York City. In 2009, they started their Web series Broad City.
By Sarah B. Boxer
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates sounded off for the first time about President Barack Obama’s new plan to send around 450 troops to Iraq.
“Just adding another few hundred troops doing more of the same is not likely to make much of a difference,” Gates said. “I think that we have to figure out what our strategy is. We should’ve had that strategy a year ago.”
Gates had advocated for leaving a residual force in Iraq, and has long opposed a complete U.S. troop withdrawal there.
“As long as we had a significant presence in Iraq, one of the benefits of our senior military leaders there was the ability to influence the choice of senior Iraqi leaders, and to do so on the basis of competence and their leadership capabilities,” he said.
Without that oversight, he told Couric, the military has been overtaken by incompetent and corrupt leaders.
“Part of the problem with Iraqi troops is that the training basically stopped when we left,” Gates said. “And our staying would have continued that training, for sure.”
“I just felt that it was the right thing for our movement at this particular juncture,” he said.