Budget Clock Ticks Down To Government Shutdown
Senate leader Harry Reid held out hope they would come to an agreement by midnight, then denounced Republicans for throwing Planned Parenthood programs under the bus. House Speaker John Boehner, also positioning himself to blame the other party, wondered aloud when Democrats would get serious about spending cuts. Apparently, the Republicans would take smaller overall cuts if they could defund Planned Parenthood. Democrats say Planned Parenthood is their line in the sand. The House already passed a stopgap bill that is unacceptable to the other side. The Senate was planning to do the same. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook about the state of play.
Week In Politics: Budget Talks
Michele Norris speaks with our regular political commentators, EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times.
Clinton Has Tough Words For China On Human Rights
The secretary of state unveiled the 35th annual human-rights report Friday — amid a crackdown on dissent in China. Clinton said the struggle for human rights begins by telling the truth — and in China that means highlighting the plight of political prisoners, who are growing in number.
Actor-Director Mourned By Both Israelis, Palestinians
Juliano Mer Khamis, who was gunned down this week, was born to an Israeli Jewish mother and Palestinian Christian father. His life's work used art to teach Israelis and Palestinians about each other, and encourage Palestinian resistance, through his Freedom Theatre in Jenin.
150 Years Later, America's Civil War Still Divides
On April 12, 1861, the first shots of the war were fired in Charleston, S.C. And 150 years later, the city is still figuring out how to talk about the war and commemorate the anniversary. How do you honor the Confederate cause without also honoring the institution of slavery?
In N.C. Town, Whistling's No Idle Pastime
It's been a long week: talk of a partial government shutdown; another big earthquake in Japan; continued fighting in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. What better way to end the week than checking in at the International Whistlers Convention? It wraps up this weekend in Louisburg, N.C.
Gadhafi Regime Spokesman Claims World Has Things All Wrong
On point after point, he says the nations that have joined to stop Gadhafi from attacking civilians just don't know what's really going on in Libya. The regime, he claims, really wants change. On All Things Considered, his words are tested.
Misurata Hit By Heavy Gunfire
The Libyan government is again taking Western journalists to the besieged city of Misurata. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks to Melissa Block.