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A Sudden Exit Driven By An 'Irrational' War
A former Marine captain who became the first foreign service official to publicly resign in protest over the war in Afghanistan says staying in the country is not in America's interest. Matthew Hoh says leaving Afghanistan would not turn the country into an al-Qaida safe haven again.
New Data Show Economy Growing Again
New government data released Thursday showed an economy that is growing again for the first time in a year. But the economy is receiving much support right now, and no one knows whether it is capable of growing on its own.
Crime Locale Is Key In California's 3 Strikes Law
Under California's three strikes sentencing law, criminals' fate may depend as much on where they're arrested as on what they're arrested for. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who supports the law, almost never charges a nonviolent offense as a third strike. But 100 miles north in Kern County, District Attorney Ed Jagels almost always does.
Letters: Autism, Baseball
Listeners respond to Melissa Block's interview with journalist Amy Wallace, and the story on the Cleveland Indians' contribution to the World Series. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.
Obama Honors Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan
President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base after midnights to honor the Americans killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. Obama joined the soldiers' families for the repatriation ceremony.
Calculating The Cost Of The War In Afghanistan
One of the factors President Obama must weigh as he decides whether to send more troops to Afghanistan is the cost — not just in lives, but in dollars. With the economy still struggling, questions exist about how much the U.S. can afford to spend in Afghanistan — and for how long.
VFW Post Makes Push To Recruit Young Vets
Veterans of Foreign Wars posts around Portland, Ore., have closed their doors as members died and funds dried up. But in Tualatin, Ore., Post 3452 has made a point to attract young veterans to revitalize membership, including moving into a new headquarters named after a 22-year-old who was fatally wounded while on duty this summer.
In Race, Cadillac CTS-V Beats Out The Best
Earlier this year, Robert Lutz, General Motors vice chairman of marketing and communications, challenged anyone to beat the Cadillac CTS-V on the racetrack using a comparable vehicle. Now Lutz, driving the CTS-V, raced against nine other drivers in a time-trial competition — and won. Lutz says the experiment was devised to show that the new CTS-V could do more than be the fastest car in a straight line.
'Finian's Rainbow' Arcs Over Broadway Again
The 1947 musical gets its first full-scale Broadway revival starting Oct. 29. The production took 10 years to assemble, but producers say the timing is great: Yip Harburg's witty lyrics and the show's pointed political satire make it the perfect musical for a country still reeling from a major economic recession.
Democrats Unveil Health Care Bill
House Democrats bowed toward their more conservative members with their new health care overhaul bill, which was unveiled Thursday. Throughout the negotiations, Republicans remained firmly on the sidelines, leaving Democrats to cobble together a bill that can satisfy enough of their own members to make a majority