Eleni Mandell: Specializing In Love Lost
"Feu d'artifice" is the French phrase for "fireworks" and the inspiration for Eleni Mandell's seventh full-length album, Artificial Fire. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter discusses failed romance and the sweetly dark tales of love lost on her new album.
Iraqi Insurgent Continues Fight Against U.S. Troops
Violence may be down dramatically in Iraq, but the insurgency is still alive. Though their ranks are diminished, Iraqi fighters' attacks against U.S. forces go on. Abu Abdul Aziz, a member of what he terms the "honorable resistance," explains why he fights the U.S.
Obama Takes Stimulus Campaign To Americans
President Obama pushed hard for his $800 billion economic stimulus plan in his first prime time news conference Monday. He warned that a failure to act could turn a crisis into a catastrophe. Earlier in the day, he traveled to Elkhart, Indiana, a community hard-hit by recession.
A-Rod Admits Using Performance Enhancers
Baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, while playing for the Texas Rangers. He blamed the pressures of being baseball's highest-paid player. Sports Illustrated reported last week that A-Rod tested positive for steroids in 2003.
Israelis Casting Ballots To Decide Tight Race
Israelis are voting Tuesday in an election that could shape Mideast peace negotiations. Opinion polls suggest a tight race between former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. But since Israel's war last month with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, support has surged for ultra-nationalist right-wing candidate Avigdor Lieberman.
Stimulus Would Help States Provide Food Stamps
The recession has brought a sharp increase in the number of Americans applying for food stamps. Congress is on the verge of increasing benefits as part of the economic stimulus bill. The proposed funding has not generated much controversy. However, some conservatives say it could lead to a permanent expansion of food stamps.
New Administration Backs Bush Secrecy Policy
Some human rights activists believe the Obama administration betrayed them during a federal appeals court case in San Francisco on Monday. Attorneys representing the Justice Department asked a judge to throw out a torture case. That's the same position the Bush administration took in the lawsuit. Now some Obama supporters wonder whether the new president will keep his promise to make government more open and transparent.
NAACP Celebrates 100 Years Of Change
President Lincoln's birthday is on Thursday, but there's another anniversary on that day: One hundred years ago, a multiracial group of activists chose Lincoln's 100th birthday to announce "a call for a national conference on the Negro question." With that, the NAACP was born.
Former eBay Chief Explores Run For Calif. Governor
Meg Whitman has taken the first official step toward running for governor of California. The former eBay chief executive has launched an exploratory committee to seek the Republican nomination in 2010. The move allows Whitman to raise campaign funds.