Independent Groups Step Up On-Air Ads
Independent groups have yet to unveil an ad as damaging as the Swift Boat Veterans spot that hurt Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004. But as the summer goes on, more groups are producing radio and TV spots targeting the presidential race and key Senate battles.
Getting Mortgages Is More Difficult
In today's economic climate, many Americans are finding it more difficult to obtain mortgages. Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America, points to fewer low down-payment mortgage programs and piggyback loans, as well as higher credit score requirements.
Political Influence-Peddling Gains Finesse
These days, influence peddling in politics rarely takes the form of outright bribery. Instead, through political action committees and other means, the identity of donors and recipients of campaign funds are often disguised.
Carter's New Thriller Mixes Murder, Love And Politics
Novelist Stephen Carter, who is also a professor at the Yale Law School, says his latest novel, Palace Council, is a thriller, a conspiracy, a love story and historical fiction. And the process of writing it was "utterly exhausting."
A Salute To 'The Heart Of NPR,' Gary Smith
Longtime NPR Greeter and Client Services Coordinator Gary Smith passed away this week. For years, he sat at the reception desk at NPR's Washington headquarters. Smith was a force field of good cheer; he was a big man who became the heart of NPR.
Remembering Nelson Mandela's Pivotal Moment
When he stood up in a South African courtroom during his treason trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela declared that he was "prepared to die" for his cause. As Mandela turns 90, a documentary studies the pivotal moment when he became a worldwide symbol of the struggle for freedom and democracy.
'Mamma Mia!' Revisits The Greek Wedding
The folks directing, scripting and producing Mamma Mia! are the same ones who did the show on Broadway. They are not movie people, and it shows at times: The performers have been encouraged to overdo, play to the back row, and belt songs into each other's faces.
'Buffy' Creator Proves Doogie Howser Can Sing
This week, in an unusual first, television producer Joss Whedon unveiled Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a musical comedy written for — and released exclusively on — the Internet.
Analyst: Falling Oil Prices May Be Start Of Decline
Oil prices have spiked all year. This week, however, they fell. Phil Flynn, an analyst at Alaron Trading Corporation, says the stock market's rally put a damper on oil prices. He said as long as there's no bad news, there may soon be good news at the pump.
Where's Gas Cheaper? It's Relative
Gasoline prices can vary widely from place to place. What seems expensive in Tucson, Ariz., can seem downright cheap just up the road in Phoenix. In fact, the difference in the two cities provides a good example of how geography often affects what you pay at the pump.