Katty Kay, BBC World News

Katty Kay Presenter, BBC World News

This is the place for my take on what's happening in the corridors of power in Washington and beyond

Will crime cripple Rio's Olympic ambitions?

19 February 2014

Navigating the morning rush hour on a skateboard is ambitious. Doing it with a surf board under your arm may just be suicidal. By juggling the Pope, Carnival, the World Cup and the Olympics all in the space of just three years, Rio de Janeiro is perhaps similarly crazy.

But, to stretch the analogy just a little too far, my skateboarding surfer carried off his challenging commute to the beach with a lot of style and, as far I could see, only the odd wobble. So, can Rio pull off the same trick?

The mayor of what locals like to call "the marvellous city" certainly thinks so. Eduardo Paes took me on a tour of Rio de Janeiro by helicopter.

There's no better way to see the Olympic future than from the air. We flew over the site of the Olympic village.

While the buildings certainly aren't finished yet, preparations, he says, are on schedule.

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State of the Union: Obama tinkers around the edges

29 January 2014
President Barack Obama delivers the 2014 State of the Union address
This was Mr Obama's last best chance to reset his presidency - and it is unclear he managed a major shift

Tonight, President Barack Obama promised a "year of action".

But if this speech is any guide, it should more accurately be called a "year of quite small, tinkering around the edges, do what I can it in a very difficult environment, and, oh and by the way, my time is running out, actions".

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State of the Union: Obama promises action on inequality

29 January 2014

Gone is the audacity of hope. This State of the Union address didn't promise big changes on anything - there was no transformation on offer here.

But this address had the virtue at least of touching on bread-and-butter issues that genuinely affect millions of Americans - savings plans for workers who don't have them, health insurance, training schemes and the minimum wage, just to name a few. For poorer Americans improvements in any of those would make a huge difference.

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State of the Union: Time's running out

27 January 2014
Obama speaks at the State of the Union in 2013
In 2013, Obama pushed for reforms that never came on guns, immigration and climate change

As Barack Obama prepares to give his annual address to the US , the BBC's Katty Kay looks at obstacles in the way of his agenda

Washington can be a cold, cruel city, as anyone who is living here this freezing January is well aware. And as he heads into his sixth State of the Union address, no-one is feeling the chill more than Barack Obama.

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100 Women: How US mothers are the new breadwinners

16 October 2013

Seventy years ago Rosie the Riveter bared her impressive biceps and summoned American women into the workforce. Called to duty in the service of a country at war, women responded in the millions.

In the decades that followed, women's professional fortunes rose. Today they are chief executives and senators, doctors and lawyers, astronauts and engineers. They are also earners.

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Military rape: Saxby Chambliss, hormones and problems at the top

Women Marines train at Parris Island

The Senate armed services committee is holding hearings on military sexual assault. But the BBC's Katty Kay wonders if the attitudes of those tasked with addressing the problem are actually making it worse.

Gee whiz, there's a hook-up culture in the US military, where hormones are running rampant and before you know it, these things happen. Sew together the comments of a couple of elderly white men in positions of power (the US Senate and the Pentagon) and that's the grossly misleading picture that emerges of sexual assault in the American armed forces.

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Pew study: Two different tales of women earners

Woman with briefcase climbing stairs

A new study shows that in 40% of US homes with children, the primary earners are women.

A Pew survey found that of the women supporting their families, 37% were married women who earned more than their husbands, while 63% were single mothers.

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Christine Lagarde's mission to save the global economy

Over the past month the BBC has had rare access to International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde. Now, as European leaders meet in Brussels, she will be at the centre of the fight to avert another financial crisis.

The Japanese finance minister checks his watch and smooths his already immaculate hair. Jun Azumi is a little nervous.

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Josh Romney: 'My father is the ideal candidate'

3 January 2012

Voters in the rural state of Iowa are preparing for the first test of the US election season as they choose a Republican candidate to take on Barack Obama for the White House in November.

Mitt Romney's son, Josh, explained why his father's experience makes him the ideal candidate.

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About Katty

Katty's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she filed radio reports for the Africa Service of BBC World Service radio.

She went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo.

She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out of broadcast journalism to join The Times Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Katty has covered sex scandals in the Clinton administration, three Presidential elections as well as wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

She was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked plane flew into the building on 11 September 2001 - one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.

She is the co-author of the New York Times best seller Womenomics.

Katty grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat.

She studied modern languages at Oxford and is a fluent French and Italian speaker with some "rusty Japanese".

Katty juggles her journalism with raising four children with her husband, a consultant.

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