As the outlines of a deal have taken shape, both sides have been trying to show supporters that they're hanging tough. So today's vote on a GOP plan could be a bit of political theater that helps push the federal government over that so-called cliff and an important step toward compromise.
The ability to customize products began with computers more than a decade ago. Now, you can create your own T-shirts, jeans, custom-blend cosmetics and candy. Even luxury brands like Burberry, Prada and Louis Vuitton now let customers design their own looks.
Optimists in Washington believe the end-game has begun in negotiations to avoid the spending cuts and tax hikes scheduled to take affect on Jan. 1. The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B."
President Obama's comments on gun violence Wednesday, and whether laws restricting access to assault weapons should be tightened, were followed closely in Newtown, Conn. Funerals and memorials for the victims of last week's mass shootings continue.
Following the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., some staunch supporters of gun rights have shifted their tone and appear open to new action on gun control. One of them is Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia. He talks to Steve Inskeep about his position.
Members of the news media aren't the only newcomers to arrive in the Connecticut town after last week's school shootings. People from across the country are finding ways to reach out to the devastated community. Some residents, however, have complained on Facebook that there are too many gawkers in town.
The Trail Blazers chose Kentucky center Sam Bowie with the second pick in the 1984 NBA draft. Then the Chicago Bulls took Michael Jordan. Bowie's tenure in Portland was marred by leg injuries; Jordan became a legend. ESPN recounts it all in a documentary about Bowie on Thursday night.
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