Novelist illuminates a special time in Rome David Bezmozgis sets his new novel "The Free World" in the late 1970s, when many Soviet Jews fleeing communist Russia ended up in Rome. There they waited to learn where they would end up: the USA, Canada, Australia, or Israel.4:50 p.m.
Post-Bin Laden, Same Old Congress
The death of Osama bin Laden has given President Obama new national security cred with voters — but is it a game-changer on Capitol Hill? Or are Republicans right back to defunding health care, restricting abortion and refusing to raise the debt ceiling without huge spending cuts?
Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist's Arrest
The face of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been spray-painted across Hong Kong in the month since he was detained. Many residents like the graffiti's aesthetic and message, but the campaign could lead to jail time for the graffiti artist. That has raised fears about the erosion of Hong Kong's freedoms.
Palestinian Factions Sign Agreement
In Cairo Wednesday, the leaders of Fatah and Hamas signed an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation accord that both sides hope will end the deep divisions in the Palestinian leadership.
Hamas-Fatah Accord: Two Bears In A Dance?
"The late Yitzhak Rabin used to say that the only problem with dancing with a bear is that once you start, you can never let go," writes Aaron David Miller in an essay in Foreign Policy magazine. Rabin, the former Israeli Prime Minister, engaged in a good-faith dance in the early 1990s with then-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The result was the Oslo Accords. But, of Wednesday's unity agreement, Miller is skeptical. "An instance," he writes, "of two bears dancing with one another." Miller is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the author of The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search For Arab-Israeli Peace. He speaks to Michele Norris about the signing of a Palestinian Unity pact by Hamas and Fatah leaders in Egypt — and what it means for American foreign policy.
Harsh Interrogation Tactics: Did They Work?
The death of Osama bin Laden has reopened the debate about whether harsh tactics, such as simulated drowning, actually produce good intelligence. Former Bush administration officials say tough interrogation led the U.S. military to bin Laden's hideout. The Obama White House says it's not so simple.
Bin Laden's Death Impacts Obama's Approval Rating
Michele Norris talks with Pew Research Center's Andy Kohut about this week's polls in light of Osama bin Laden's death. Kohut also discusses Pew's report "Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology."
Tavis Smiley: If At First You Don't Succeed, 'Fail Up'
If you want to learn about success, talk to a successful person. If you want to learn about failure, talk to a very successful person. In his new book Fail Up, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley offers 20 lessons in turning setbacks into success.