Indian Americans fuel Madia's fundraising success Minnesota DFL congressional candidate Ashwin Madia, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from India, has received an outpouring of financial support from Indian Americans around the country.7:50 a.m.
A referendum on Rep. Tim Walz First Congressional District Congressman Tim Walz (D) has brought money and legislation to the district in his first term, but will that be enough to win the fall election?7:54 a.m.
Taliban Tightens Grip Near Northern Pakistan Border
Taliban militants are gaining strength and power around the northern Pakistan city of Peshawar. As the group expands its control, it is having a direct impact on U.S. and NATO military operations in Afghanistan.
U.S. Eyes Upgrade For Pakistan Warplanes
The Bush administration is considering shifting more than $200 million intended for counterterrorism to help Pakistan make improvements to its fleet of F-16 jets. Congressional critics question claims that enhanced F-16s will be useful in the fight against terrorists.
Drug Test Nabs U.S. Olympic Swimmer Hardy
Jessica Hardy, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim team in two events, has tested positive for a stimulant and could be barred from competing in Beijing. Hardy's lawyer says she denies that she "cheated."
China Trains Cheerleaders To Rally The Masses
The Chinese government is training 300,000 cheerleaders in the hopes that their peppy slogans will drown out any embarrassing lapses in sportsmanship at the Beijing Olympics. Still, such conformist cheerleading invites comparison to China's mass campaigns of the past.
Labour Loss In Scotland A Blow To Brown
Britain's ruling Labour Party has lost a parliamentary seat in Glasgow East, a traditional Labour stronghold in Scotland. The defeat has fueled talk that Prime Minister Gordon Brown could be ousted.
Rhetoric Aside, Afghan Ramp-Up Will Take Time
Pressure to send more troops into Afghanistan presents military planners with a logistical challenge. Factor in training and recovery time — and a "surge" in Afghanistan isn't likely until the spring of 2009.
Angry Bloggers On Left And Right Unite Over FISA
Democratic and Republican bloggers have joined forces to punish members of Congress who voted for a revised government surveillance bill backed by the White House. One independent online group raised roughly $350,000 to spend on anti-FISA TV and radio ads.
Honda Profits Defy Auto Industry's Struggle
The automaker Honda has reported an 8-percent increase in profits, overcoming higher material costs and a stronger yen. North American plants are still operating near full capacity. The company has scaled back SUV and truck production and emphasized fuel-efficient Civics and Accords.
How's The Economy Doing?
Wall Street saw a bit of a rally in bank stocks this week, but then a dismal report on the housing market sent stock prices down again. How is the economy doing? David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, offers his insights.