It's polling time again The midterm election is just weeks away, which means it's polling season. Our regular media analyst David Brauer has been keeping his eye on the polls, and talks more about how they fit into the news organizations who commission them.6:19 p.m.
Long-Awaited Detainee Deal Short on Details
Republican leaders in the Senate and White House have reached a deal on handling terrorism suspects, but many elements of the bill remain unclear. The language surrounding acceptable interrogation methods is vague, leading to potential misunderstandings of what would be permitted.
A Top Chinese Official Is Fired in Corruption Probe
The top Communist party boss in Shanghai has been fired for corruption, the highest-level official to be caught in an anti-graft drive in more than 10 years. Chen Liangyu, the Shanghai party secretary, was implicated in a probe of misused social security funds.
The 'Disappeared' in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers have a reputation of killing rivals, and kidnapping children to serve in their ranks. Now, there are growing allegations that government security forces, or their proxies, are operating deaths squads with impunity.
Back to School, in Spurts and Starts
As a new school year starts nationwide, quiet settles on homes once filled with the bustle and bicker of children. Commentator Julie Zickefoose relishes time to herself, until the phone rings.
Commercial Space Drive Takes a Stumble
The drive to commercialize space travel took a slight stumble Monday in the New Mexico desert, where the first launch from Spaceport America failed to reach space. The unmanned 20-foot rocket, built by Connecticut-based UP Aerospace Inc., took off safely before flying erratically.
The Bonnie Prince, Onscreen And In Your Head
Will Oldham is an enigmatic folk-rock musician — and actor — who performs under various monikers, including Palace, Palace Brothers, Palace Music, and Bonnie Prince Billy. In addition to playing a part in a new film, Oldham has a new CD out: The Letting Go.
Pentagon Asks for $25 Billion for War Equipment
The Army is asking for an extra $25 billion to replace war-worn tanks and other equipment that has seen heavy use in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past several years. Army officials say that if they don't get the money, they'll be gambling the safety of U.S. troops in war zones.