Posts by Katie Couric

  • Syria's New Threat

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 1 day ago

    By Kaye Foley

    The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst the world has seen. Nearly 4 million people — mostly women and children — have fled to neighboring countries, and 7.2 million more have been internally displaced.

    Rebel groups formed in opposition to the regime. Most of these moderate rebel groups are under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army. Jihadi groups have also taken a foothold in Syria amid the chaos of war to enact their own agendas. All of the secular, religious and ethnic divisions of the various fighters further complicate the brutal conflict.

    After four years of civil war, an estimated 220,000 people have been killed. Half of those victims are assumed to have been civilians. Thousands of people flee Syria each day and head to nearby countries such as Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.

     

  • The man behind President Barack Obama

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 5 days ago

    By Deborah Grau

    David Axelrod, a veteran political consultant, was President Barack Obama’s senior adviser who helped orchestrate two election wins.

    With his new book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” Axelrod chronicles his life in the political arena as a journalist, strategist, husband and father.

    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with David Axelrod for a candid conversation about everything from working for President Obama, to what Hillary Clinton needs to do if she runs for president in 2016, to the latestfirestorm former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has ignited by implying President Obama doesn’t love America.

    “I don’t know anybody who has … a deeper feeling about this country than the president. And I don’t know anybody who’s expressed it more eloquently over a long period of time. So I really wrote it off to, frankly, a fading politician trying to light himself on fire and make himself relevant,” says Axelrod of Giuliani’s comments.

     

  • The Clash Over Keystone XL

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 7 days ago

    By Kaye Foley

    President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval bill, but will this be the final word on the clash over Keystone? 

    On Feb. 11,the Republican-led House of Representatives passed its 11th bill approving the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Congress sent it to the White House on Feb. 24, where the President kept his promise to swiftly veto the measure. 

    It’s the latest chapter in this six-year saga 

    In 2008, the Canadian energy company TransCanada submitted plans for the pipeline to the U.S. State Department.

    The proposed 1,179-mile Keystone XL pipeline would go from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Neb. It’s the final piece of a 3,800-mile network that would bring 830,000 barrels of oil a day to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

    So whether the Keystone XL can find another path to approval or not, at least after watching this video you can say, “Now I get it!”

     

     

     

  • The Fight Against Extremism: Social Media, Security and Terror at Home

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 10 days ago

    (AP) Muslims in the U.S. and around the world have a responsibility to fight a misconception that terrorist groups like the Islamic State speak for them, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in his most direct remarks about any link between Islam and terrorism.

    For weeks, the White House has sidestepped the question of whether deadly terror attacks in Paris and other Western cities amount to "Islamic extremism," wary of offending a major world religion or lending credence to the "war on terror" that his predecessor waged. But as he hosted a White House summit on countering violent extremism, Obama said some in Muslim communities have bought into the notion that Islam is incompatible with tolerance and modern life.

    "We are not at war with Islam," Obama said. "We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

    "Just as leaders like myself reject the notion that terrorists like ISIL genuinely represent Islam, Muslim leaders need to do more than merely discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress Islam," Obama said.

     

  • Jeh Johnson: U.S. is entering ‘new phase’ of terrorist threat

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 11 days ago

     

    By Liz Goodwin

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Tuesday that the United States is entering a “new phase” of threats from terrorism, as the so-called Islamic State and other groups gain ground in the Middle East and spread their message online in increasingly sophisticated ways.

    “Today … the global terrorist threat is more decentralized, more complex, more diffuse,” Johnson said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. “And we now see very effective and slick use of the Internet and social media by groups such as ISIL [and] al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.”

    Johnson referred to the recent IS video showing the execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian hostages on a Libyan beach. “I’ve watched every one of these videos, and they’re horrific,” he said. “They’re graphic. They’re terrible. They’re depraved.”

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  • The Pink Pill: Viagra for the female brain

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 12 days ago

     

    By Steve Shapiro

    Thirty-year-old Katherine Campbell has no desire for sex. “After my first son was born, I noticed it right away. It was there one day, gone the next,” Campbell tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. The married mother of two says she suffers from hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a condition characterized by chronic low libido in women. Experts in the field say it’s related to brain function.

    “We know there is this area of the limbic system that is associated with the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine that is functioning differently in the women with HSDD,” says Leah Millheiser, MD, director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford School of Medicine.

    A company called Sprout Pharmaceuticals has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to approve its experimental drug, which would be the first treatment of its kind for this problem.

    “Flibanserin is a novel, non-hormonal pill to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women,” says Sprout CEO Cindy Whitehead.

    Sprout appealed and has just announced it is once again resubmitting flibanserin for FDA approval. The application could take up to six months to review.

     

  • Roald Dahl's daughter Ophelia on her childhood and "magical dad"

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 22 days ago

    In an exclusive and personal interview, Ophelia Dahl, daughter of author Roald Dahl, sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to discuss aletter he wrote about the measles vaccine, originally published in 1988, that went viral this week. She talked about her childhood with the beloved storyteller and revealed the advice he gave her that would shape her life’s work.

    {Watch: Ophelia talk about the story behind Roald Dahl's viral letter}

  • The Fight for Net Neutrality

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 23 days ago

    On Thursday, Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission approved the new net neutrality rulesproposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler by a 3-to-2 vote.

    Net neutrality is the principle that all legal Internet content should be equally accessible to consumers and that Internet service providers, such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable, should not favor, block or slow down access to any of it.

    Determining how to protect this concept has been a long and complicated process.

    But when it comes to the fight for net neutrality, at least after watching this video you can say, “Now I Get It.”

     

     

     

  • Ophelia Dahl exclusive: The story behind Roald Dahl's letter

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 23 days ago

    By Molly McGuiness

    In an exclusive interview, Ophelia Dahl, daughter of Roald Dahl, sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to discuss the letter her father wrote that captured the world’s attention this week, the sister she never knew and the anti-vaccination debate that’s taken over the country.

    Roald Dahl, the author of such beloved stories as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962, when she was just 7 years old.

    {Watch:Ophelia talk about growing up as Roald Dhal's daughter}

    Her death left the author heartbroken. “He traveled everywhere with a small silver photograph frame with a picture of her inside… Whenever he went on vacation, he took this with him and would put it up in the room wherever he was,” Ophelia recounted.

    “He thought if he talked about his own personal experience, that would awaken the slumber he felt people were in,” said Ophelia.