Attack Ads Fly in Tight Missouri Senate Race
Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and his Democratic challenger, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, face off for the fourth of five debates in Springfield, Mo., on Monday night. The fiercely contested race is one of the tightest in the country and could determine which party controls the Senate next year.
Stem Cells, Iraq, Security Top Issues for Missouri
A group of women voters in Missouri say stem cell research, Iraq, national security and civil liberties are the most important issues to them. The state's hotly contested U.S. Senate race could help tip the power of balance in Washington.
GOP Faithful Gloomy About November Elections
Robert Siegel talks with Jennifer Duffy, an expert for The Cook Political Report, about Senate races in the upcoming election, and Chuck Todd, editor-in chief of the Hotline, a political blog, about the House races. Duffy and Todd report that with November elections looming, Republican activists are dubious about holding their congressional majority.
Tijuana's Drug Boom Reflects Mexico's New Problem
Despite headlines devoted to bloody battles between Mexico's drug cartels, there is something even more dangerous happening in Mexico's cities: a booming drug trade. With drug dealing inside Mexico up drastically, the effects are obvious in Tijuana, where the chief of police says arrests of petty drug dealers are up more than 400 percent.
Once-Controversial U.S.-Based Nun Canonized
French-born Mother Theodore Guerin was canonized Sunday, an event that would have seemed unlikely in 1840, when the nun's arrival in Indiana sparked clashes with her church's leadership. But Mother Theodore went on to establish a community that is now a women's college.
Today's Saints, Yesterday's Excommunicants
The story of Mother Theodore Guerin feels a little familiar to Peter Manseau. Mother Guerin came into conflict with the Roman Catholic Church leaders and was threatened with excommunication -- just as Manseau's parents were when they married, because his father was a priest and his mother a nun.
Rahman Attorney Stewart Gets 28 Months in Prison
Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart is sentenced to 28 months in prison, despite facing a penalty of up to 30 years. Stewart was convicted in 2005 of aiding terrorists by allowing her imprisoned client, the blind Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, to communicate with the outside world.
Population Mark Underscores Change, Diversity
On Tuesday morning, America's population is predicted to hit 300 million. Who are we? Increasingly we are: a single mom; a centenarian; an immigrant from Mexico; an Asian business owner; a baby boomer; someone named Jacob or Emily.
Demographics of the United States in 2006
Robert Siegel talks with William Frey, demographer and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute. Frey talks about why the 300-millionth American is an important landmark in modern society.
Cultural Landmarks Tied to Population Marks
A quick pop-culture survey of what was going on when the U.S. population hit 100 million in 1915, and 200 million in 1967: What were people reading? What were they listening to? What were they naming their babies? And what constituted a musical hit in those years? It's far different from today's No. 1 single in the United States.