National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

How To Make A Congressman Sweat

An ambitious challenger has raised eyebrows with the amount of money he's already raised against California Rep. Mike Honda. The race is a test of generational and stylistic differences within the Democratic Party.

Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday

Police have scanned millions of license plates around the country and can save the data on vehicle locations for later use. It's a helpful tool for policing, but critics say it's a threat to privacy.

4 Zimmerman Jurors: Juror B37 Does Not Speak For Us

The jurors said the death of a teenager "weighed heavily on our hearts." But they did what the "law required."

Lawyer: Snowden Could Leave Moscow Airport Within A Week

The news comes a day after Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in the country and just after Russian President Vladimir Putin said U.S.-Russian relations are more important than the Snowden case.

Holder: It's Time To Examine 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was speaking at the NAACP's annual convention in Orlando, Fla., a short distance from where unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed last year. More than two dozen states have laws that allow people to use deadly force to defend themselves if they believe they are under attack.

Rising Interest Rates Worry Banking Industry

Five years after the start of the financial crisis, the U.S. banking industry continues to earn strong profits. On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs became the latest big bank to report better than expected earnings. But rising interest rates mean a riskier environment for banks.

Paul, Cruz Back Bill Changing Military Sexual Assault System

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is winning more support for her effort to put serious military criminal cases in the hands of prosecutors. Commanders currently decide whether to try a case. On Tuesday, two Republican senators, and possible 2016 presidential hopefuls, added their names: Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

Senate Fails To Detonate 'Nuclear Option'

Democrats had been preparing to change Senate rules on filibusters to push through President Obama's nominations to executive branch positions. Republicans agreed to allow votes on five nominations, and Democrats agreed to replace two particularly contentious names with others.

All-Star Fans Honor Mariano Rivera, Who Will Retire Soon

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has played 19 seasons. That means he started his baseball career when the youngest players in this year's All-Star game were just toddlers. Rivera plans to retire at the end of this season.

In Oregon, The GMO Wheat Mystery Deepens

Government investigators are trying to solve an agricultural whodunit: How did genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale end up in a farmer's field in Oregon? Some are raising the possibility of sabotage; others suspect simple human error.