Capitol preview with Tim Pugmire State legislators have a busy schedule of committee meetings and floor sessions this week as they take up a long list of policy bills. And with just three weeks left in the 2011 session there's still no sign of an agreement to erase the state's $5B budget deficit.7:24 a.m.
Obama Basks In Moment Of National Unity
Every president benefits from moments of national unity. But none so much as Barack Obama, who ran for office promising to bridge partisan divides. Now, as the nation celebrates and processes the stunning news that Osama bin Laden is dead, Obama has called on lawmakers to seize upon that unity.
Al-Qaida's Next Leader: After Bin Laden, Who?
Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, could take charge of the organization he helped create. But there are other rising stars: Saif al-Adel, a former colonel in the Egyptian special forces; Libyan Abu Yahya al-Libi; and U.S.-born radical Internet imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
In Afghan Outpost, Sunset Means A New Attack
The soldiers at Combat Outpost Charkh in Afghanistan's Logar province have seen some of the fiercest combat of the war in the past six months. They say they have made gains, but the insurgent attacks still come every evening, like clockwork.
Arab World: Tempered Response To Bin Laden Death
Reaction to the news of Osama bin Laden's death around the Arab world is somewhat muted. Some scholars say retaliation will be swift and fierce, but others note many Arabs are happy to see the terrorist mastermind go.
Confidence Gap Chafes U.S.-Pakistan Relations
The raid that killed Osama bin Laden has raised new questions about the U.S. relationship with Pakistan. Bin laden was found in a Pakistani city — not hiding in the mountains out of the control of Pakistan's government.
Will Bin Laden's Death Alter U.S. Military Operations?
In just two months, the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is expected to begin. Dexter Filkins, who writes for The New Yorker magazine, and has covered Afghanistan and Pakistan extensively, talks to Steve Inskeep about what bin Laden's death means to Afghan operations.
Congress Gets More Time To Debate The Debt Ceiling
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is giving Congress a bit more time to work out a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. The Treasury announced Monday that more tax money has come in than expected. As a result, the U.S. is not likely to reach the ceiling until three weeks later than expected — sometime in early August.
Google's Search Tweak Puts A Company At Risk
Google recently launched a new algorithm for generating search results — one meant to keep low-quality sites out of top hits. For Mitch Lieberman's online furniture business, the change has led to a mass drop in rankings and profits. He's taken on a daunting, expensive effort to reverse his company's fate.
Oscar Winner's New Project: Osama Bin Laden
Director Kathryn Bigelow has been working on an adaptation of the book Kill Bin Laden. It's about the failed attempt to take out bin Laden in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in 2001. Now that bin Laden is dead, the project may need tweaking.
Obama, National Security Team Tracked Pakistan Raid
While U.S. Special Forces were raiding a compound in Pakistan, President Obama and members of his national security team were monitoring events from the White House Situation Room. Osama bin Laden was killed in that operation. John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, talks to Steve Inskeep about the event.