Obama, GOP Candidates Address Veteran Groups
President Obama spoke to the 93rd annual convention of the American Legion in Minneapolis Tuesday. The president laid the groundwork for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and for his speech next week on jobs and the deficit. GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry addressed the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Antonio, Texas.
Perry Revives Social Security 'Ponzi Scheme' Rhetoric
Back before Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw his hat in the presidential ring, he referred to Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme." His campaign had tried to distance the new candidate from that language, but last weekend Perry himself waded right back in.
Walter Reed Was The Army's Wake-Up Call In 2007
Long a model for top-notch care for presidents and soldiers alike, Walter Reed Army Medical Center became a byword for bureaucratic bungling in 2007. Army officials are still addressing the failures revealed by an investigation that found wounded soldiers left to fend for themselves.
BBC's 'Tripoli Witness' Comes Out Of Hiding
Six months ago, the BBC's reporter in Tripoli went into hiding. Rana Jawad has reported from Libya for the past seven years, but after fears for her safety became too great, she resorted to publishing anonymous reports under the name Tripoli Witness on the BBC website. Now that rebels largely control Tripoli, Jawad has returned to the airwaves. She talked to Steve Inskeep about living undercover.
Training Afghans To Take Over Bomb-Defusing
NATO and U.S. forces are training Afghans to take over the task of combating improvised explosive devices — the Taliban's weapon of choice and the leading killer of civilians and soldiers in the Afghan insurgency.
AT&T Promises To Bring Back Call Center Jobs
AT&T is trying to convince regulators to approve its $39 billion deal to merge with T-Mobile. Regulators and lawmakers have worried the merger would mean job losses. So the company is promising to bring back 5,000 call center jobs that are now overseas.
Exxon Enters Lucrative Arctic Deal With Russia
Russia and Exxon have reached an agreement that opens the way for oil exploration in the Russian sector of the Arctic Ocean. And it allows the Russians access to projects in other parts of the world, including the United States. David Greene talks to Julia Ioffe, of Foreign Policy magazine who's covering the story in Moscow.
NTSB Blames PG&E For Deadly Gas Explosion
One of the nation's largest gas companies Pacific Gas & Electric is to blame for an explosion that killed eight people and burned down a neighborhood in California's Bay Area last year. That's the unanimous finding of the National Transportation Safety Board. The panel says substandard welds and other safety problems date back to the mid-1950s and that regulation was lax.
HP Will Keep Its TouchPad Around A Little Longer
A little over a week ago, Hewlett-Packard announced it would end production of its TouchPad tablet computer. So HP slashed the price, to get rid of remaining inventory. Suddenly, consumers who hated the device at $400 loved it at $99. It costs HP more than $300 to produce the tablet.