For Protesters, Keystone Pipeline Is Line In Tar Sand
The prospect of a giant oil pipeline running from Canada to Texas has activists up in arms. About 800 people have been arrested in ongoing protests at the White House. The Obama administration says it will decide by the end of the year whether to approve the 1,700-mile-long Keystone pipeline.
In Jobs Debate, GOP Targets 'Regulatory Burdens'
As President Obama prepares to present his plan to boost employment, House GOP leaders are promising a competing jobs program — one that would repeal or weaken what they call job-killing regulations, especially on the environment.
Solar Panel Company Declares Bankruptcy
In 2010 President Obama gave a speech at the plant of a solar panel manufacturer in Fremont, Calif., saying "the future is here." That company, called Solyndra, has now declared bankruptcy. Melissa Block speaks with Bay Area business reporter George Avalos about what went wrong.
Syrian Official Quits, Cites Regime's Brutality
In an online video, the Syrian attorney general in Hama province resigns and accuses the regime of killing hundreds of anti-government protesters. The statement is one of the most detailed accounts of the regime crackdown since the Syrian uprising began in March.
Can Turkey Impact Possible Transition In Syria?
The declaration by Turkey's president that Ankara has "lost all confidence" in the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad signals further isolation for the embattled regime in Damascus. International calls for stepped-up sanctions are growing, despite concerns about whether the regime or the Syrian public will suffer most. Analysts say despite Ankara's escalating rhetoric, Turkey remains in an important position to provide incentives for a political transition in Syria.
Can Jon Huntsman Break Away From The Pack?
The Republican White House hopeful is campaigning this week in New Hampshire, a state that has a history of welcoming independent-minded candidates. Huntsman, who's polling at just 3 percent in the state, has a delicate task there: He's trying to set himself apart from the crowded field of GOP candidates — but not too far apart.
Some States Consider Scheduling Earlier Primaries
The line-jumping states are back again in the 2012 presidential cycle, eager to move their primaries into the limelight of January. That could mean Iowa and New Hampshire also move — into 2011. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins Melissa Block to discuss the primary calendar.
Robot-To-Robot Chat Yields Curious Conversation
This week, Cornell's Creative Machines Lab posted a video that shows what happens when a robot chats with another robot. The result? A curious conversation that goes from eccentric to existential. Robert Siegel talks to Hod Lipson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, who helped set up the experiment.