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Is Clinton Angling for a VP Slot?
One theory is that Hillary Clinton is remaining in the Democratic race as a bargaining chip for the VP slot. A new poll finds Democratic voters enthusiastic about the idea of a "unity ticket." But party insiders harbor more mixed feelings.
Obama's Senior Adviser Steps Out of the Shadows
Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign, is a longtime friend of Michelle and Barack Obama. She's kept a low profile during the campaign, but this week she's the subject of several news stories focusing on the campaign's inner workings. She talks about her role, as well as how Obama will move forward following Hillary Clinton's victory in West Virginia on Tuesday.
Why I Love Hillary
Commentator Susan Cheever finds herself loving and identifying with Hillary Clinton. After 40 years of voting, she says, this is the first time a politician who truly represents her is running for office. At last, Cheever says, here's a woman who wants to play with the big boys, and she's qualified, and we love her for that.
Hospital Overwhelmed by Quake Victims
In the city of Chengdu, China, there is a shortage of trained doctors, but plenty of unskilled volunteers. Despite the chaotic scene, workers at Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital are eager for more survivors, even though the hospital is over capacity. Makeshift wards are set up in the parking lot.
Aid Trickling In to Myanmar
Twelve days after the cyclone, Myanmar is allowing more emergency aid to enter the country, but there seems to be a bottleneck in Yangon. International disaster assistance experts are still having trouble securing visas, despite ongoing negotiations. There is great concern about the possibility of disease among the many, now homeless, survivors, but no outbreaks have been reported yet.
Relief Agency Plans for Second Cyclone
Amos Avgar, executive director of the International Development Program of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, just left Yangon, Myanmar. He discusses the devastation he saw in the town hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis.
Time to Act on Myanmar's Crimes Against Humanity
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says it's time for the U.N. to invoke one of its new resolutions. The "Responsibility to Protect" resolution, passed in 2005, says that the U.N. should step in when a nation fails to protect its population from crimes against humanity. Schorr says it's time to act regarding Myanmar.
Former Justice Asks Congress for Alzheimer's Aid
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor testifies Wednesday before the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging about her husband's struggle with Alzheimer's. It is the first time O'Connor has spoken publicly and at length about the disease. She urges Congress to speed research on finding a cure. Her husband's diagnosis was the main reason she stepped down from the court in 2005. She says he is "not in very good shape."
Is the Media Rushing Clinton Out of the Race?
Is it accurate or fair for the news media to call Barack Obama the Democratic nominee when Hillary Clinton is still winning primaries? Does it hurt her campaign, or give her something to run against?
Networks Trying to Lure Advertisers
The TV networks are rolling out their new schedules and trying to sell big chunks of airtime to advertisers. In the past, the process has been full of lavish parties and presentations. This year is a little different because the writers' strike delayed the production of pilots — and the whole TV business model is changing.