Smith longs for politics of optimism Judging by the rhetoric and some of the ads we've seen so far, this year's Minnesota Senate race looks like it could be a nasty one.
That's disappointing for commentator Peter Smith. He was hoping that this year he could get his politics with a side order of optimism.7:24 a.m.
'Mother Lode' Of Gorillas Found In Congo Forests
Gorilla experts with the Wildlife Conservation Society say they've made a spectacular find in the forests of the Republic of Congo: 125,000 previously undiscovered western lowland gorillas. The animals are critically endangered.
China's Pingpong Stars Find New Home Teams
All four members of the U.S. Table Tennis team are Chinese. One of the players spends 11 months of the year practicing in China because she says pingpong in the U.S. "is really no good."
Heating Oil Spike Has Northeast On Edge
It's still hot outside, but Northeasterners are already bracing for the cold. Heating oil prices have almost doubled over last year. Kerosene and natural gas are up, too. Local officials are preparing for what they fear could be a drawn-out crisis this winter.
Fate Of Bin Laden Driver In Military Jury's Hands
The trial of Salim Hamdan, one of Osama bin Laden's drivers, has gone to the jury. While the defense team argued that Hamdan's actions do not amount to the charges he faces, the prosecution maintained that Hamdan not only provided material support for terrorism, but also helped plan attacks with al-Qaida higher-ups.
'Way Of The World' Sees Fabricated Case For War
In The Way of the World: A Story of Truth And Hope In An Age of Extremism, author Ron Suskind alleges that the Bush administration knew Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and eventually fabricated intelligence assets to support its case for war. The White House and the CIA deny his claims.
Commentator Novak Retires After Tumor Diagnosis
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Washington-based political commentator Robert Novak has announced his retirement. Novak has been a force to reckon with in American politics since the 1960s, with a measure of notoriety rarely matched in today's media.
Asia Expert: Olympics Altering China's Politics
Victor Cha, an Asian studies expert at Georgetown University, talks about China's attempts to change its image ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Cha says that while China's domestic human rights record has not changed much, its stance toward the Sudanese government has changed substantially.
Internet Firms Set Rules For Government Requests
In letters to lawmakers, Yahoo, Google and Microsoft say they've agreed on a set of principles on what to do when governments demand information about users or block access to Web sites. The code is for U.S. Internet companies that do business in China and other places where governments interfere with the media.
Fed Committee Weighs Interest Rate Quandary
Federal Reserve policymakers are faced with the dueling problems of weak economic growth and advancing inflation. Analysts expect the Fed's rate to remain unchanged. Steve Inskeep talks with David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about Tuesday's meeting of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee.