Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 5:51 pm
All this week, Majority Leader Harry Reid declared over and over on the Senate floor that there's a downside to the recovering economy.
"It's true," he said. "The rich are getting a lot richer, and the poor are getting poorer."
That observation may not be surprising, coming from a Democrat. Less expected, perhaps, is a similar lament made the same day by the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell.
Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:09 pm
Music. It's been there with us from the beginning — sometimes in the background, sometimes centerstage. We listen. We sing. We play along. We compose. We remember.
We are a species deep into music. And the music is deep into us — especially those of us at NPR, where music is an essential element of everyday existence.
You may have been too busy still pondering New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's epic, two-hour press conference to pay any attention to the political scandal brewing just across the border in New York City.
Here's the video that got the city's brand new, populist mayor into his first controversy on Friday:
Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 11:52 am
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book, Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary at War, paints a picture of a White House suspicious of military leaders and their motives.
In the book, Gates criticizes both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over issues like the Afghanistan war. It's a case study of civilian-military tensions that are as old as the Republic.
A President Wary Of Being Boxed In
Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 2:59 pm
For the third day in a row, hundreds of thousands of West Virginians are unable to drink, cook or wash with the water in their homes.
During a press conference, West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre, who oversees the states largest water treatment plant, said it could be days before the water is safe for use.