Next Step: Choosing a Running Mate
With the primary campaign behind him, Barack Obama must now choose a running mate, reach out to Hillary Clinton's supporters and unify his party. All that while keeping one eye on John McCain. Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the week in politics.
Backers Upbeat Despite Climate Bill's Demise
A massive bill to deal with global climate change dies Friday in the Senate, a victim of its own sweep and a dose of partisan squabbling. The measure aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 71 percent by mid-century. Opponents argued it would raise energy prices and cost the economy trillions of dollars in lost growth.
L.A. Teachers Skip Class to Protest Cuts
Thousands of Los Angeles public school teachers skip first period Friday morning as a protest against $350 million in state education cuts. The school district lost a last-minute court battle to get the action blocked after arguing the protest would cause a chaotic situation for the district's 700,000 students.
Schwarzenegger Unfazed by Dwindling Popularity
As California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger grapples with a $17 billion budget deficit, only two of every five voters believe he's doing a good job. In addition, 75 percent of the voters surveyed in a poll say California is headed in the wrong direction.
Program Seeks to Make Foster Placement Last
Studies have shown that moving from one foster home to another undercuts a child's development and behavior. In San Diego, there's a new program to teach foster parents how to cope with problem behavior. The program tries to help foster parents better understand their charges and make more lasting commitments to them.
Painful Decisions in Juvenile Court
Cindy Lederman has been a judge for 15 years in Miami Dade's Juvenile Court. She describes it as the most painful job she's ever had. She still loses sleep worrying she may have made the wrong decision in a case. In this essay, she illustrates a day in her life with the stories of three children.
'New York Times' Building Lures Climbers
A Frenchman scaled the 52-story New York Times building on Thursday, and a second man made an attempt hours later. Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker, talks about the structural lure of the building and why people might be tempted to scale it.
Letters: Food Prices
Robert Siegel reads from listeners' e-mails about rising food prices and the effect it has on shoppers.
A Tumultuous Horseracing Season
Big Brown will try to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday — and if he does, he becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years. Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks with Robert Siegel about the troubles related to health and steroids that have come up this horseracing season.