Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Grilling Geithner

Economy | Senators quizzed the Treasury secretary nominee on his personal financial past and his public financial future
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/21/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Was it an innocent mistake?

That was the question on senators' minds as they held a hearing for Treasury secretary nominee Timothy Geithner Wednesday, a man who will oversee the Internal Revenue Service and who failed to pay $34,000 in self-employment taxes from 2001 to 2004, when he worked for the International Monetary Fund.

"These were careless mistakes, they were avoidable mistakes, but they were unintentional," Geithner said in his opening statement. "I have corrected these errors and paid what I owed."

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A new chapter

Inauguration | Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States, as the world and a boisterous mass of people looked on
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/20/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON- The swell of 2 million voices generated an overpowering sound to the human ear as Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the next president of the United States. The ceremony on the Capitol steps began a new chapter in the story of a man with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, who Tuesday became the most powerful person on earth.

The mass of spectators, which spread a mile from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol, waved American flags and embraced each other in excitement-and to keep warm.

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In Lincoln's shadow

Inauguration | At the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, with hundreds of thousands looking on, a parade of stars celebrated Barack Obama's historic achievement
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/19/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-If you're a celebrity and you're not in Washington, D.C., you missed a memo.

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