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President Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence
President Bush commuted the 2-1/2-year prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former White House aide. Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing justice in an investigation into the 2003 leak of a CIA operative's name. He still faces a $250,000 fine and two years probation.
Clinton and Clinton Warm Iowa Crowd
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York unveiled the latest weapon in her quest to become the Democratic presidential nominee: her husband. Former President Bill Clinton joined her in Iowa, raising questions among some about whether he will help or hurt his wife.
Ronan Bennett: From Prisoner to Writer
Novelist Ronan Bennett endured two stints in British prisons before he ever imagined himself a writer. He rarely writes directly about the Troubles of Northern Ireland, but the struggle against British rule is a common subtext in his work.
Eight in Custody in Thwarted U.K. Terrorist Plots
A bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on a vehicle in Scotland, a day after at least three physicians were identified as suspects in a series of failed car bomb attacks. Kim Sengupta, a reporter for The Independent newspaper in London, talks about developments with John Ydstie.
The Roberts Court and the Role of Precedent
With new Chief Justice John Roberts at the helm of the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Samuel Alito replacing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the direction of the court has changed. Both promised to honor precedent — but in their first full term together they reversed a number of key precedents.
Bush: Jail Term for Libby Was 'Excessive'
President Bush commuted the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, calling it "excessive." President Bush made the statement just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his 2 1/2-year term. But the president left in tact a $250,000 fine and two years probation.
New York Real Estate Prices at New Heights
A small office building in midtown Manhattan sold for $510 million. At $1,600 a square foot, brokers say that's the highest price ever paid for office space in the United States. The latest reports from big real estate brokers show that the average Manhattan condo sold for around $1.3 million in the past three months.
No Takers for Trump Casinos
Donald Trump has tried and failed to find a buyer for the casino company bearing his name. Trump Entertainment Resorts says it has ended talks with potential buyers. The announcement sent Trump's share price down sharply.
Internet Becomes Boon to Presidential Candidates
Presidential candidates find exposure,, and fundraising opportunities, on the Internet. In the first quarter, candidates collectively spent almost $2 million on Internet sites and fundraising. Henry Copeland, founder of Blogads.com, discusses the central role of the Internet in the campaign with John Ydstie.
Personal Web Pages Hit by Cyber Bullies
A new poll from the Pew Internet Project says that a third of teenagers have been harassed online, a tactic called cyber-bullying. The abuse mostly takes the form of spreading rumors and disclosing private messages.