Pawlenty makes surprise trip to Iraq Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made a surprise trip to Iraq to visit National Guard members and other Minnesota soldiers serving there.
Pawlenty requested the trip after 2,600
Minnesota Guard members had their tour of duty extended into the summer.5:20 p.m.
Forecasting floods is complex equation The National Weather Service is working on a prediction for springtime flooding. Heavy snowfalls and drought conditions in parts of the region are just two of the many factors that go into making that prediction.5:24 p.m.
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White House Dismisses Rumors of Pardon for Libby
Almost as soon as an obstruction-of-justice conviction was read for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, conservatives began calling on President Bush to pardon the former White House aide. Libby was convicted of lying to obstruct an investigation into who leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
Investigating the CIA Leak, Libby and Armitage
Mike Isikoff, investigative correspondent for Newsweek magazine, co-wrote Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War, which implicated Richard Armitage in the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
Irish Immigrants Visit Congress to Ask for Rights
Several thousand Irish immigrants fan out across Capitol Hill, shaking up the stereotype of the illegal immigrant and lobbying for legalization. The demonstrators say they've come to America for opportunity and adventure — the same reasons as their ancestors.
Russia's New Dissidents Defend Human Rights
Recent killings of prominent Kremlin critics have sent a chill through Russia's marginalized human rights community. Moscow is tightening its grip on such activist groups, which some are calling the country's "new dissidents."
Russian Rights Activists Seek Washington's Aid
The Russian government's new restrictions on the activities of human rights and pro-democracy organizations has led some agencies to close, and their founders to flee the country. One of the new dissidents has come to Washington to seek help.
Congress Takes Up Complaints on Credit Cards
Executives from major U.S. banks were on the hot seat in Congress Wednesday over credit-card fees and penalties. One bank executive apologized to an aggrieved customer at the hearing. He said that in his case, the bank had simply blown it. The statements came as lawmakers in Washington heard complaints from consumers about credit-card industry practices.
Tips to Navigate the Maze of American Plastic
As the number of credit cards rise in the United States, it is still possible to be a savvy credit-card consumer. Curtis Arnold is the founder of cardratings.com, a consumer advocacy site focusing on the credit card industry.
Election Case Came Up in Judgeship Interview
During a September 2006 job interview, the White House counsel's office asked a U.S. attorney why he had "mishandled" an investigation of the close Washington governor's race. The interview with John McKay, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, was for a federal judgeship — a post McKay did not receive.
Jean Baudrillard, the Mind Behind 'The Matrix'
Jean Baudrillard, a French philosopher and sociologist, wrote dozens of books. But his ideas may have found their biggest platform in the movie The Matrix. Baudrillard died Tuesday at the age of 77.
L.A. Opera Celebrates Nazi-Repressed Composers
The Los Angeles Opera is launching a multi-year project to perform the music of composers whose work was suppressed by the Nazis. The inaugural concerts this March include a fully staged performance of Alexander Zemlinksy's A Florentine Tragedy. Visual art also suppressed in Nazi Germany will be projected on the stage during the concert.