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In Gulf Oil Spill Trial, Testimony Cites Series Of Missteps

This was the first week of testimony in a civil case to assign blame and financial liability for the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.

Voting Rights Act Takes Harsh Criticism In Court

It was a big week at the Supreme Court. The court heard arguments on a case challenging the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Plus, the Obama administration filed an important brief in an upcoming gay marriage case. NPR's Nina Totenberg joins host Scott Simon for analysis.

Does President Obama Know When To Say When?

From The View to the Oscars, Barack and Michelle Obama's regular appearances on talk shows and at sports events raise the question of whether even a president can become overexposed.

In Alaska's Iditarod Sled Race, Vets Are A Dog's Best Friend

It's called the "Last Great Race on Earth" and spans nearly 1,000 miles. Along the trail, veterinarians will be there at checkpoints to make sure the dogs competing are healthy enough to make it through the final dash.

Florida Atlantic Donation Sparks Outrage, But University Doesn't Budge

The university's new stadium will be named after a private prison company. The GEO Group gave FAU a $6 million gift that "delighted" the administration but prompted protests from students. Friday, university President Mary Jane Saunders said the deal was a "closed book," despite allegations of abuse at the company's institutions.

Can Detroit Be Saved?

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday that the state would be taking over Detroit's finances. But the intervention might not be enough to pull the city out of a $14 billion hole. It would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in the country, if it happens.

The Sequester That Wasn't Meant To Happen Begins

In the end, President Obama and other Democrats had less leverage than Republicans because of a fundamental asymmetry: Large federal spending cuts alarmed Democrats; Republicans, not so much.

Air Force Will Pay $50 Million To Service Gulfstream Jets

The U.S. Air Force will pay Gulfstream nearly $50 million to maintain its C-37 executive jets, in a contract announced the day before the federal budget was set to absorb $85 billion in automatic spending cuts.