A skirmish over words Minneapolis writer Dobby Gibson just released a new collection of poetry called "Skirmish." He says it's a reference to the many small battles contained between the covers, including an ongoing battle between himself and his writing.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Tracing The Highs And Lows Of The Bush Presidency
Two weeks from now, President Bush will be former President Bush, and what was once his agenda will become his record. The president suggests that history will judge him better than the current analysis. So what will he be remembered for?
How To Nab A Last-Ditch Inauguration Ticket: Write
With President-elect Obama's inauguration less than two weeks away, there are wait lists a million names long for the hot tickets. Some congressmen have held drawings or put names on a list — but for the last-minute seeker, the inaugural committee is holding an essay contest.
Alaska Natives Look For New Friends In Congress
With Alaska's Ted Stevens no longer in the Senate, there's talk on Capitol Hill of reconsidering some of the federal contracting preferences enjoyed by Alaska Native corporations. These companies often receive federal deals even when other, cheaper businesses offer similar services.
Obama Names Chief Performance Officer
President-elect Barack Obama named Nancy Killefer as his chief performance officer. Her job will be to bring modern ideas of business efficiency to the White House. Obama also spoke of his plans to revive the economy without worsening the federal budget deficit.
Presidents — Past, Present And Future — Meet
President Bush has hosted a luncheon for President-elect Barack Obama and all the former U.S. presidents who are still alive: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The last such gathering of U.S. presidents took place in 1981.
India Hands Over Attacks Dossier To Pakistan
The Indian government has compiled a dossier of evidence on last November's attacks in Mumbai that it presented to Pakistan and to countries that lost citizens in the attacks. Siddharth Varadarajan, of the Hindu newspaper, says Indian authorities began to record phone calls between the militants and their handlers soon after the incident began.
Letters: Gupta, Bard College, 'Thirty Days'
Listeners respond to the story on CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta becoming the next U.S. surgeon general. They also wrote in pointing out an error in the piece on Bard College at Simon's Rock and responded to the interview with Christopher Stevens, author of Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff.
What Gaza Means For Obama Policy
It is hard to predict what the situation in Israel and Gaza will be on Jan. 20, but it is clearly Israel's intention to neutralize Hamas and quickly try to engage Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah administration on the West Bank in negotiations. For that, Israel will need American support.
This Winter, More Cause For Broadway Discontent
The recession has hit Broadway hard: Nine shows, including Young Frankenstein, closed this week, and four more have posted notices. Jeff Lunden talks to a veteran producer and a young investor to see how bad the outlook is.
Infomercials Thrive Amid Downturn
A downturn in the economy has provided a boom for infomercials. A.J. Khubani, president and CEO of the direct response company TeleBrands, says his company has seen that business booms in bad economic times. He attributes the success to lower TV ad rates.