The Senate voted to end debate on a $15-billion jobs bill on Feb. 22. Five Republicans, including fledgling Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, joined all but one Democrat in voting to advance the bill, which the Senate plans to take up later in the week. Key provisions include an extension of the Highway Trust Fund—set to expire on Feb. 28— through September 2010 and an expansion of the Build America bond program.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan