Erdrich's novel is laced with emotional nuance, and demonstrates in painful detail the legal and cultural obstacles to prosecuting rapists on a North Dakota reservation. Katherine Boo's acclaimed Behind the Beautiful Forevers – about life in a slum in Mumbai, India — won the nonfiction award.
The Republican presidential nominee said President Obama's outreach to African-Americans, Hispanics and young people caused them to vote for him. But the comments have been described as "absolutely wrong" by Louisiana's GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The newly re-elected president indicated that he, not congressional Republicans, reflected more of the popular will, with his call for higher taxes on the wealthy as part of any agreement to avert the fiscal cliff.
As the White House and Congress debate taxes and entitlement reform, an influential liberal think tank is offering what appears to be an olive branch: a plan to squeeze savings out of Medicare — long a target of GOP cuts — that Democrats can support.
As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues, states are making more requests for federal aid. New York alone wants $30 billion in assistance. The requests come as Congress is already consumed with reducing the deficit.
More than two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, many people in New York and New Jersey are still focused on restoring the basics: food, electricity, water. Most vulnerable are the elderly and sick — many of whom can't get to their doctors or refill prescriptions.
The Center for American Progress, a think-tank closely associated with President Obama, offered up a deal on Wednesday on how to cut the deficit by reducing spending for Medicare without, it says, hurting seniors.
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