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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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  • Obama To Overhaul Offshore Drilling Agency
    The Interior Department is proposing to split the Minerals Management Service in two. One agency would inspect oil rigs, investigate oil companies and enforce safety regulations. The other would oversee leases for drilling and collection of billions of dollars in royalties.
  • Federal Investigators Hold Hearings Into Oil Spill
    The U.S. Coast Guard and Minerals Management Service have begun holding oil spill hearings in New Orleans. This is the first chance federal investigators have had to get to the bottom of what happened and why.
  • Sen. John Kerry On Hamid Karzai's U.S. Visit
    Robert Siegel talks to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit to the White House.
  • Obama Rethinking 'Miranda' Rights
    The administration is considering revising the criminal rights afforded defendants upon arrest. The question facing the White House is whether the public safety exception can be expanded to prolong defendants' cooperation before being told they have the right to remain silent.
  • Thieves Take Controversial Mojave Cross
    Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a cross built to honor Americans who died in war could remain on federal land in California's Mojave Desert. Now, that cross has been stolen. Michele Norris talks to Linda Slater with the National Park Service, and Joe Davis, public affairs director of Veterans of Foreign Wars, about the theft.
  • Kagan's Years At Harvard Scrutinized
    With no judicial record to study, many are looking to Harvard Law School for clues about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, who was dean there for five years. Kagan is remembered for having built broad coalitions among faculty for an aggressive hiring spree, and for her efforts to recruit more conservatives to the traditionally liberal campus. She is also known for her passionate stand against the military's ban on gays serving openly.
  • Some On Left Also Oppose Kagan Nomination
    The nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court has drawn fire from both the right and the left. Michele Norris talks to Glenn Greenwald, a former constitutional lawyer and columnist for, about the liberal case against Kagan.
  • Specter, Rival Trade Barbs In Pennsylvania Primary
    When five-term Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties last year and left the GOP, President Obama and national Democrats heralded the move. Among those unimpressed was Rep. Joe Sestak, who is hoping to defeat Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary next Tuesday. Both men are running sharp ads against each other -- and now Sestak is in the lead.
  • Evacuating From The Statue Of Liberty
    The Statue of Liberty now has a device to evacuate a visitor in distress from up inside the crown. It comes courtesy of some engineering students at West Point. Michele Norris talks to their professor, Maj. Mark DeRocchi.
  • The Unthanks: A Twist On English Folk Music
    The Unthank sisters consider themselves to be storytellers in the English folk tradition. They start out conventionally enough, sharing tales of drink, despair and death. But there's usually a subversive side lurking behind the eerie and strangely beautiful backdrops.

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