Scandals Remind Us Generals Are Not Infallible
The investigation that forced the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has ensnared Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The two cases raise questions about the relationship between top officers and their civilian boss. It can be awkward but on occasion the president must disregard the counsel of military commanders.
Gen. Petraeus Is Too Important To 'Be Thrown Out'
Despite the rapid revelations of the scandal, military writer Tom Ricks remains a defender of General Petraeus. He's written much about the general over the years, and also knows Paula Broadwell, the writer with whom Petraeus had an affair. Steve Inskeep talks to Ricks, who's latest book is called The Generals.
Congress' Lame Duck Session Could Be Memorable
Lawmakers have barely seven weeks to prevent automatic tax hikes as well as mandatory across-the-board spending cuts that could be a blow to the economy. Congressional hearings on the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, meanwhile, will likely be overshadowed by former CIA chief David Petraeus' career-ending extramarital affair.
Is The Tea Party Thinking Of Changing Direction?
November 6 saw most Tea Party members re-elected to Congress but there were also notable defeats: Tea Party candidates lost Senate races in Indiana and Missouri. One Tea Party lawmaker suggested in an interview with Politico that it's time for a more moderate approach. Linda Wertheimer talks to Kate Zernike, a reporter for The New York Times and author of Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America.
Microsoft Shakeup: President Of Windows Is Out
The Microsoft executive in charge of bringing Windows 8 to market is out. Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft less than three weeks after a major rewrite of the popular operating system was released. Sinofsky had been seen as likely to succeed CEO Steve Ballmer.
Sandy Deals Powerful Blow To N.J. Housing Situation
Thousands of New Jersey residents remain displaced due to Superstorm Sandy which hit the Northeast more than two weeks ago. Finding temporary housing has proven to be a confusing and difficult process for many storm victims.
Study: Reading 'Maxim' Can Make You A Theft Target
Criminologists in Texas find that you are more likely to become a victim of theft if your behavior somehow marks you as being "outside the mainstream." One sign of such behavior: leaving copies of racy magazines and crushed beer cans in your car.
Long Island Power Authority CEO To Step Down
Michael Hervey will leave effective at the end of the year. The New York utility received harsh criticism over how it handled the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Customers have complained about long waits for service to return. Two weeks after the storm tens of thousands of homes and businesses still have no power.
Some Nonprofits Look Suspiciously Like For-Profits
Steve Inskeep talks to David Evans, of Bloomberg Markets magazine, about his article in the current issue, which focuses on the plethora of nonprofits — not charities, hospitals, or religious groups — that claim tax-exempt status even though they make millions in profits.