| Sep 12, 2013
In all the long history of American presidential addresses, has there been an odder one than this? With the solemn grandeur appropriate to a declaration of war, President Obama informed the American people Tuesday night that a congressional vote on...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 12:24 PM
This year, NPR Books took an unconventional approach to the traditional year-end best-of list by creating NPR's Book Concierge, an interactive website that lets readers sort more than 200 notable books of 2013 by category.
| Sep 27, 2013
So the German people have spoken, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected. That means the European Union will continue to be a tortoise. Next May, following the European Parliament elections, we will discover just how slow and unhappy a creature...
| Dec 17, 2013
Three years ago Tuesday, the Arab Spring began when 26-year-old vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in suicidal protest against the political repression and limited economic opportunity offered in dictator Zine el Abidine ben Ali's...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Thomas Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed matter physics, will become the new president of the California Institute of Technology, officials announced Thursday.
Rosenbaum, 58, currently serves as provost at the University of Chicago, where he also...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 1:22 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Assessment tools used to predict how likely a psychopathic prisoner is to re-offend if freed from jail are "utterly useless" and parole boards might just as well flip a coin when deciding such risks, psychiatrists said on Tuesday....
| Oct 14, 2013
The Republicans' obsession with Obamacare has been variously described as a tactical ploy to preserve the semblance of unity in a divided party or as a fundraising magnet to raise money from the sort of folks who think President Obama is a reincarnation...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 7:40 PM
Credited with reenergizing and modernizing the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous announced Sunday he will step down from his position at the end of the year.
In a statement, Jealous said he wanted to...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 8:38 AM
Former congressman Mel Reynolds pleaded not guilty today to charges of possessing pornographic images and videos, two days after his arrest at a hotel in Zimbabwe.
The state-owned newspaper The Herald reported that Reynolds was found with pornography...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Less than a year after disgraced former Rep. Mel Reynolds ran a failed bid for Congress under the slogan of “redemption,” the convicted sex offender is again facing allegations of sexual misconduct, this time in Zimbabwe, according to...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 9:25 AM
As if living through the past year were not trial enough to endure, we are about to be subjected to everyone's year-in-review retrospective. Among the year-end rituals, one of the more light-hearted is the various word nerd efforts to establish a Word...