: News

Maryland Lawmakers Remember Robert Byrd

Play associated audio

By Greg Peppers

Members of Maryland's congressional delegation are remembering West Virginia Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who died early this morning at the age of 92.

Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings says Senator Byrd never forgot who elected him and fought to improve the lives of West Virginians.

Senator Ben Cardin called Byrd a watchdog of the Senate who fought to protect constitutional powers in a time of growing exectutive branch power.

Senator Barbara Mikulski says when she was a freshman Senator Byrd mentored her on the rules of the Senate and Congressman Chris Van Hollen remembers Byrd as a tireless advocate for the people of West Virginia for over half a century.

Flags at the U.S. Capitol are flying at half staff following Byrd's death.


Sylvia Plath's Husband, Ted Hughes, Lived A Life Of Poetry And Tragedy

Biographer Jonathan Bate says his job is to write about "the quality and endurance of the literary work." His new biography has been disavowed by the Hughes estate.

Time To Pursue The Pawpaw, America's Fleeting Fall Fruit

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that's native to the U.S.

What's Next In The Race For Speaker Of The House?

Congressman Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the House Speaker race on Thursday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to a member of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mick Mulvaney about the race for Speaker.

Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.