What's The Electoral Impact Of The Debt Debate?
All those involved in the debt ceiling debate seemed to accuse their adversaries of being overly concerned about 2012 and public approval ratings. To the extent that politicians were keeping an eye on the polls, we spend some time examining what they saw in those numbers. Michele Norris speaks to Nate Silver of the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog about the electoral impact of the debt ceiling debate.
Jury Hears Closing Arguments In Post-Katrina Shooting
Lawyers present closing arguments in an important police abuse case in New Orleans Tuesday. Officers are accused of needlessly shooting civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Melissa Block talks to NPR's John Burnett for more.
After Tornado, Joplin Creates Makeshift Schools
The Missouri city's high school was devastated by a tornado in May, so the district is converting an old big-box store into classroom space — with new walls, bright paint and even a mural of the school's mascot. Though starting school on time won't end the struggles of the battered community, it certainly helps.
Defying Ban, Chinese Media Covers Rail Crash
Melissa Block talks with David Bandurski, researcher with Hong Kong University's China Media Project, about Chinese media coverage of the July 23 high-speed rail crash in Wenzhou. Bandurski says both state-run and commercial media covered the crash aggressively for a week, defying a government ban on coverage. A subsequent directive from propaganda authorities largely put an end to that this past weekend.
China's Supercomputing Goal: From 'Zero To Hero'
Last year, China overtook the U.S. as home of the world's fastest supercomputer. That lasted only six months, but generated intense national pride. Will the much-vaunted program able to live up to Beijing's high expectations?
FAA Impasse Continues
Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic Senate have been at odds over reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. The standoff now threatens to keep the agency closed through August and sacrifices a billion dollars in federal revenue being lost in ticket taxes while the FAA is offline.
N.Y. Judges Leave Bench For Law Firm Jobs
New York state judges haven't had a pay raise in 12 years — and now many of those judges are leaving the bench for lucrative law firm jobs. But some question whether the public would really benefit from paying judges more. A state commission plans to issue recommendations in August.
After 57 Years, Man Looks To Sell Rare Gehrig Memorabilia
Jeffrey Quick doesn't have family ties to legendary Yankee Lou Gehrig. But his mother dated the ballplayer, and became a close friend to his mother. Now Quick is left with treasures from Gehrig's life — a glove, a uniform and a grade-school autograph book among them.