Al Franken ready to begin Senate work next week After an eight-month battle, DFLer Al Franken has been declared the winner of Minnesota's remaining U.S. Senate seat. Franken already has his committee assignments and expects to begin work as soon as Congress returns from its Fourth of July break next week.5:20 p.m.
Black Ministers In D.C. Divided Over Gay Marriage
While surveys show African-Americans are the most liberal group on issues of social justice, they are the most conservative on gay rights. But in Washington, D.C., two ministers of African-American churches differ wildly on whether D.C. should recognize gay marriages from other states.
U.S. Treads Cautiously In Honduras Dispute
Honduras' deposed President Manuel Zelaya plans to return home to contest his ouster, with the support of the Organization of American States, the United Nations and the United States. Washington, however, has found itself among strange bedfellows on this issue.
Honduran Envoy Backs New Government
The ambassador to the U.S. says he has not been notified of a change in his status, though the man who appointed him, Manuel Zelaya, was deposed last weekend by the country's military. Roberto Flores Bermudez also says the change of government in Honduras was constitutional.
Ten Connected To Madoff May Face Criminal Charges
Prosecutors continue to investigate those affiliated with the infamous swindler, but it might be tricky to prove employees knew what was happening. Prosecutors allege that Bernard Madoff specifically hired people without financial experience.
Battle Likely Over Jackson Will
Pop icon Michael Jackson's will filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court gave his estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust. Who controls that trust is sure to be a huge legal battle. Stevenson Jacobs, a business writer for The Associated Press, offers his insight.
Cover-Ups Hurt Cheating American Politicians
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford now recalls other times with his Argentine soul mate and acknowledges having crossed the line with various other women as well. Call it an American tragedy. It is not that Europe doesn't have philandering politicians, says Daniel Schorr; it's that they are just less likely to lie about it.
Doctors Say Health Care Rationing Already Exists
The specter of government rationing of health care is a prime argument being used against overhauling the U.S. system. But some doctors and economists argue that, in effect, the American system is already rationing in the most unproductive ways.
Young Doctors Weigh In On Health Care
Two young doctors, just finishing up their residencies, discuss the decisions behind their career choices. Nicole Loeding is going into primary care, while Brian Southern, after becoming disillusioned with primary care, has chosen pulmonary critical care.