Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lifting a long-standing ban on women serving in combat. To break down what it means, host Michel Martin speaks with Politico's Tim Mak, who covers defense and national security.
Reality TV shows have gotten big ratings over the past few years — and the crazier they are, the more popular. Some people say it's just harmless entertainment, but critics say the on-screen fighting and confrontations have disturbing effects on young women.
White, who prosecuted terrorists during her time as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, would succeed Mary Schapiro, who stepped down in December. The president is also planning to renominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The Pentagon is expected to officially announce Thursday that it will lift the military ban on women in combat. The defense chief's groundbreaking move opens up thousands of front-line positions for women. For more on the Pentagon's decision Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Tom Bowman. And from Kentucky, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN has reaction from Fort Campbell.
States are now governed pretty much by one party or the other, which nearly as often as not enjoys supermajority status in legislatures, according to a report by the Pew Center on the States. That means individual states will be moving in different direction on everything from abortion to tax policy — and many are likely to resist laws set in Washington.
Hospice policies that reject patients on the grounds that no one's at home to care for them, while increasingly rare, do still exist around the country. But for many families, that's just not an option.
The "No Budget, No Pay" act would withhold lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a new budget by April 15. In exchange, Republicans say, the borrowing limit would be extended into May. That would avoid another battle over raising that borrowing ceiling.
President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence includes provisions aimed at shoring up access to mental health care — but is that practical? Host Michel Martin discusses the plan's mental health goals with Michael Fitzpatrick of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Dr. Carl Bell of the University of Illinois.
A classic cold snap that's gripping states from North Dakota east and south through the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England continues. We're looking for original answers to our question: How cold is it?
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