Seat belt law advancing at Capitol The proposal would allow police officers to stop motorists solely for failing to wear seat belts. Drivers and passengers who don't buckle up would face fines.5:24 p.m.
President Bush Visits Alternative-Fuel Plant
On the morning after he asked Congress not to give up on his Iraq plan, President Bush made a quick tour of a biofuel plant in Delaware and spoke about energy, one of his domestic priorities.
Bush's Address Over, Congress Moves On
One day after President Bush's State of the Union visit, Congress moved on to regular business. The House wrangled a resolution to give voting rights to delegates from D.C. and U.S. territories. The Senate debated whether to attach tax breaks for small businesses to a minimum-wage measure.
Bush's Words: Do They Work?
President Bush included several turns of phrase in his State of the Union speech Tuesday that were meant to make his point — and to make it harder for those with other viewpoints to discount the president's ideas. Frank Luntz, author of Words That Work, talks about Mr. Bush's phrasing.
State of the Union — and Bush's Presidency
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr offers his review of President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday night — and remarks on the president's current lack of political capital.
In Somalia, Son of U.S. Nemesis Gets Backing
The son of Somalia's most infamous warlord and U.S. nemesis is now a leading member of Somalia's interim government, which is being backed by America. Hussein Aideed is a naturalized U.S. citizen and a former U.S. Marine. But in 1993, the forces of his father, Mohamed Farah Aideed — were behind the infamous Black Hawk Down incident.
Brothers Talk Across Political Fault Line
Family members often share values and politics — but not always. For some, the nation's political divide is deeply personal. Brian Mann comes from one such family. He describes how he and his brother have agreed to try to bridge the gap.
An Obligation of Religious Leaders to Unite, Heal
An author holds religious leaders responsible for some of the partisan nastiness of recent years. He says they now have a special obligation not just to cease their participation, but to heal the damage they've caused. Robert Franklin is the author of Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities.
Recalling a Former Miner Who Brought Change
Les Skramstad, a former mineworker who drew attention to asbestos-related disease in residents of Libby, Mont., died recently. Skramstad became the first Libby resident to win a jury award against mine owner, W.R. Grace Company. He later lobbied the government to assist asbestos victims and declare Libby a Superfund site.
My Katonah? Martha Stewart Ruffles Feathers
Some residents of Katonah, N.Y., are miffed that neighbor Martha Stewart is trying to trademark the village's name. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is selling furniture as part of a "Katonah Collection," saying the line was named to honor Stewart's new hometown. But not everyone feels honored.
Classic Car Fans Flock to Arizona Auction
The Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction is the biggest event of its kind in the country. A quarter of a million people traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., to see and buy the cars on display.