Petraeus: Alliances Crucial as Troops Leave Iraq
The number of Iraqi deaths and attacks on U.S. troops are down after nearly a year of the so-called U.S. troop surge. Gen. David Petraeus reflects on the challenges of locking in security gains — and about the state of political progress in Iraq.
In a Booming India, Artists and Their Market Adapt
Affluent professionals in India are doing what the affluent always have done: collecting art. But as prices soar, the quality of art — and of conservatorial facilities — isn't necessarily keeping pace.
Special-Education Innovator Sally Smith Dies
Forty years ago, when kids with learning disabilities were considered to be unteachable, Sally Smith developed her own approach to special education, relying heavily on the use of drama and other arts to reach struggling children.
Bush Says Report Doesn't Alter His Views on Iran
At a White House news conference Tuesday, President Bush faced questions about a new national intelligence report that says Iran halted its program to develop nuclear weapons in 2003. He says Iran is still dangerous, and the report doesn't change his opinions on the country.
Comparing Bush's Comments with Iran's Record
How do President Bush's comments at his Tuesday news conference — and some of the conclusions of the National Intelligence Estimate – compare with the public record on Iran's nuclear ambitions?
Democrats at Debate Agree Iran Policy is Flawed
The Democratic presidential contenders gathered Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, for a debate sponsored by NPR and Iowa Public Radio. Seven candidates sparred over policy toward Iran after the new intelligence estimate. They also discussed immigration and relations with China.
Court Hears Case on Black Murder Suspect's Jury
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a murder case involving a black defendant and a jury from which all of the potential black jurors had been removed. The defendant was convicted and sentenced to death.
Ben Stein Rips Goldman Sachs over Subprime Mess
In a weekend column in the New York Times, TV personality Ben Stein declared the investment bank Goldman Sachs "irresponsible" for selling large quantities of mortgage-backed securities and then "shorting," or betting against them, in the market.
Magazine Questions Accuracy of Soldier's Reports The New Republic magazine has stated that it will no longer stand by the accuracy of The Baghdad Diarist, a series of reports by a U.S. Army private serving in Iraq who had been writing under a pseudonym. Editors say they are no longer confident that events occurred as the soldier described them.
Political Watchdog Checks Texas Governor's E-Mail
Texas Gov. Rick Perry deletes his e-mails once a week. That means public-records requests for his messages won't get more than seven days' worth. Now, a political watchdog in Wisconsin has started asking for those e-mails twice a week to make sure none get omitted.