Partisan politics hinders debt-​​ceiling deal

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama have yet to reach an agree­ment to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a neces­sity to ensure that the United States is able to meet its finan­cial oblig­a­tions. William Dickens, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics and Social Policy at North­eastern, said that the U.S. economy could slide into depres­sion if a deal is not agreed upon by the Aug. 2 deadline.

3Qs: Fugitives can run, but can’t hide

On Wednesday, the FBI arrested noto­rious Boston gang­ster James “Whitey” Bulger and his com­panion in Santa Monica, Cal­i­fornia, after the couple averted author­i­ties for more than 16 years. We asked Jack Levin, the Brud­nick Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to assess the role of tip­sters in cap­turing fugi­tives, the dif­fi­culty of living life on the lam and Bulger’s place among the world’s most noto­rious criminals.