Examining Obama's Afghan Speech
President Obama outlines his strategy for Afghanistan at a speech at West Point on Tuesday. Obama will likely face a skeptical audience; support for the war is in decline. Ambassador Wendy Sherman, special adviser to President Clinton, and Michael Gerson, chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush, offer their insight.
Shock At Swiss Vote To Ban Minarets
The Swiss government is struggling to reassure its Muslim citizens following the results of a referendum Sunday in which voters agreed to ban the construction of minarets throughout the country. The vote was particularly embarrassing for the government, which had campaigned heavily against the measure.
Tiptoeing With Tech: Devices And Relationships
How do you use your electronic devices without ruining relationships? It's not easy. Some people covertly text while on dates. Others use their BlackBerry in the bathroom to avoid seeming rude. Here, a few lessons in modern mobile manners from people who have firsthand experience.
Listeners Recall First Time On The Internet
In the occasional series to mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet, listeners share stories about their first e-mail, Web page and instant message. One listener recalls her first foray into a chat room, another remembers her seventh grade computer class, and a third relives connecting to the Internet from Papua New Guinea.
Mom Finds Strength To Fight For Wounded Marine
Nearly four years ago, Jose Pequeno's Humvee was hit by a grenade in Iraq; he was severely brain damaged. Jose can't talk, walk or eat. But his mother, Nellie Bagley, has stayed by his side and fought for resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs — paving the way for other families who may follow.
Bloomberg News Reporter Remembered
Bloomberg News reporter Mark Pittman died last week at age 52. Although he was not well-known outside Bloomberg, Pittman was a legend inside it. His reporting on credit default swaps suggested the likelihood of a market collapse. Pittman also questioned the financial viability of the pre-crash mortgage culture.
Remembering A Gospel Singer And Scholar
Horace Clarence Boyer had a profound impact on gospel music over the past 50 years. He was one half of the Boyer Brothers, but was best known as one of the first scholars to formally study African-American sacred music. Boyer died in July at age 74.
U.S. Warns Lenders On Mortgage Foreclosures
The Obama administration said Monday it is stepping up pressure on the banking industry to prevent foreclosures. The Treasury Department says it could levy fines on companies that aren't doing enough. The move is an attempt to push the banks to do a better job of implementing the administration's plan to lower payments for homeowners who are in trouble.
Investors Skittish Amid Dubai Debt Crisis
Troubles in the emirate of Dubai are making investors nervous around the world. A government-run financial conglomerate wants a time-out on debt payments, stirring fears of another bubble tied to risky bets on real estate. Dubai has invested in huge luxury projects at home and abroad.
Iran Defies West With Plans For New Nuclear Sites
Iran says its decision to build 10 more uranium-enrichment plants is a direct response to an IAEA resolution criticizing Iran for secret nuclear activities. Iran may not have the capacity to carry out the plan, but its announcement has prompted talk of new sanctions.