Is populism in the air? Don't bet on it Americnas were outraged when troubled insurance company AIG paid top executives $165 million in bonuses. Some say this public outcry was a sign Americans have had enough of the country's super rich.4:54 p.m.
Week In Politics Examined
The week began with news of the Treasury Department's plan to buy toxic assets, and ended with news of a new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the week.
Fargo Evacuated As Waters Rise
Officials start to move nursing home residents to higher ground as Fargo, N.D., prepares for what could be record flooding. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says while some neighborhoods have had to be evacuated, many residents from unaffected areas are joining the fight.
Among Catholics, Obama's Allure May Be Dimming
President Obama has a Catholic problem, say anti-abortion-rights activists who are furious the University of Notre Dame has invited the president to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree. The protest over the invitation reveals an eye-popping drop in popularity among Catholics.
U.K. Eyes Modification Of Succession Rules
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is attempting to lift a centuries-long ban on Catholics marrying into the royal family. Simon Hoggart, a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London, offers his insight.
Some Banks Seek To Repay Bailout Money
Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis has said he wants to begin repaying in April the roughly $45 billion the company received from the federal bailout. Saskia Scholtes, who covers U.S. financial services for the Financial Times, discusses the banks that are seeking to repay the bailout funds.
Rep. Visclosky's Tale Shows Pork Is Hard To Trim
If it seems that Congress can't keep those special provisions knows as earmarks under control, there are big reasons why. Follow Democratic Rep. Peter Visclosky's earmark trail to Northwest Indiana and see where the money goes.
Israel's Netanyahu Set To Finalize New Government
It will be dominated by right-wing and ultra-Orthodox religious parties. But Netanyahu has also persuaded the center-left Labor Party to join his government, and some Labor leaders hope their inclusion will ease concerns about the prime minister-designate's commitment to peace with the Arabs.
Living In A See-Saw Has Ups And Downs
Robert Siegel talks with artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley about their collaborative piece, Stability And Other Tenuous Positions. The two have been living for a week inside the 25-foot, see-saw-like structure.
U.S. Unveils Afghanistan Review
President Barack Obama unveiled Friday a strategic review of U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The review focuses on building civil society, talking to some militants, troop increases and continued drone attacks in Pakistan.
Adm. Mullen On New Afghan Strategy
President Barack Obama ordered Friday an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, where there are already 17,000 U.S. troops. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offers his insight on the new strategy.