Senate Republicans Block Campaign Finance Bill
Democrats and President Obama were dealt a setback Tuesday in the Senate, when the majority party failed to break a GOP filibuster of an election-year campaign finance bill. It would require full disclosure of the groups or corporations that pay for campaign ads.
Untangling Madoff's 'Winners' And Losers
Court-appointed attorney Irving Picard is facing an uphill battle as he tries to recover money from those who came out of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme as winners. With lawsuits pending to recover $17 billion, Picard hopes to return more than 50 cents on the dollar to the many losers.
U.S. Weighs Options In Possible N. Korea Conflict
U.S. and South Korea began naval exercises off the coast of the Korean peninsula on Sunday; North Korea promised "sacred war" in response. The U.S. has considered how it would respond to two major scenarios in connection with Pyongyang: war and collapse of the regime. Each holds its unique challenges.
Egyptian Trial Sheds Light On Police Brutality
Two Egyptian policemen charged with brutality in the death of a young Alexandria man went on trial Tuesday, in a case that activists hope will shed light on rampant police abuses in the country.
Pakistani Ambassador Rejects Leaked Information
Among the information to come out of the leak of 90,000 intelligence documents related to the U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan is that Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, has directly supported the Taliban. Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. says in an op-ed that the leaked information is false. Robert Siegel talks Ambassador Husain Haqqani about the allegations.
India Struggles To Stem Rise In 'Honor Killings'
Traditional Indian values are clashing with modern mores in northern India, which is experiencing a reported upsurge in murders of young couples who elope in defiance of caste boundaries and their families' wishes. Now, the government is struggling to balance tradition and law.
A Record-Setting Hailstone In South Dakota?
A hailstorm that hit Vivian, S.D., last week left behind what might be the biggest hailstone in U.S. history. The current record belongs to a hailstone that fell in Aurora, Neb., in 2003, which measured 7 inches in diameter. Michele Norris talks to James Scarlett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Aberdeen, S.D., about whether the record was broken.
Disasters In Reel Life: It's About Time (And Suspense)
This summer's movies are a diverse bunch, but there's one popular genre that's been left out of the mix this year: the disaster movie. You could call this lucky timing, since with the Gulf oil spill, we're experiencing some actual disasters this summer. And that's got critic Bob Mondello thinking about the differences between movie disasters and the real thing.
Central Command Nominee Testifies Before Congress
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testified Tuesday before a Senate committee considering his nomination as head of Central Command. Mattis would oversee U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Rachel Martin.