House Dems, Blue Dogs Reach Health Care Deal
Both houses of Congress reported significant progress on plans to overhaul health care. Fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats reached an agreement with House leaders. In the Senate, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report saying the bill would come in at $900 billion over 10 years — well under the White House's $1 trillion target.
A Teachable Moment For The President
Perhaps President Obama need not wade into every racially charged conflict. Daniel Schorr says Obama should remember he is the president, and when faced with an emotionally laden encounter, he cannot afford to act on his visceral reactions.
Sam Adams' Founder Lauds White House Beer Meet
At the White House Thursday, President Obama will share a beer with police Sgt. Jim Crowley and the Harvard University professor Crowley recently arrested, Henry Louis Gates Jr. The meeting is meant to diffuse tensions surround the arrest, but some want to know: What kind of beer will they be drinking? Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Company, offers his insight.
Cash-Strapped Food Agency Struggles To Feed Poor
World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran says there are more than 1 billion hungry people, and her agency is struggling to reach just 10 percent of them. She warns of food riots in the developing world if rich countries don't help soon.
Rail Disruption Brings Berlin To Halt
Nearly two-thirds of the passenger rail cars on Berlin's famous "S-Bahn" urban rail system have been withdrawn from service, creating chaos for Berliners trying to move about the city. Officials say they have to run safety checks on the cars after some were found to have cracked wheels.
Obama's Judicial Nominees Stalled In Senate
So far, no nominees for judgeships or U.S. attorneys have been confirmed by the full Senate, and several agency leadership spots remain unfulfilled. Administration supporters and detractors are blaming each other for the slow down.
Meeting Marks Change In U.S.-China Relations
The meeting this week between top U.S. and Chinese officials in Washington was one of the most important diplomatic events in many years. Talks between the world's two top economies was one of equals.
Pynchon's New Novel Dark, Delicious
Thomas Pynchon's new book, Inherent Vice is a deliciously composed dark comedy. The story of the abduction of a millionaire developer and the stone hippie private eye who goes in search of him is charming and pleasing.
The Posies: How Do Bands Make Money Now?
The members of The Posies were barely out of their teens when they got a record deal with a major label. Their power pop stormed commercial radio 15 years ago, but it's been a while since one of their songs hit the charts. The band keeps playing, though, and its members still make money from music.