Saturday, expectations were sky-high for Michael Phelps, who already has the biggest gold medal haul in Olympic history. There was a much-anticipated showdown with swimming teammate Ryan Lochte, which turned out to be no showdown at all. The expectations continue Sunday at the Olympic Aquatics Center, as NPR's Howard Berkes reports.
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey is an American classic with a distinctive black-labeled bottle that kind of looks like the typeface on an old wanted poster. Patrick Wensink wrote a novel called Broken Piano for President with a cover that was clearly inspired, maybe a little too much, by Jack Daniel's.
High-profile bipartisan relationships and even marriages have always been a small part of the Washington mix. But one Democratic-Republican couple says such relationships are becoming rarer in a politically divided country.
As Mitt Romney's campaign zeroes in on a No. 2 for the Republican presidential ticket, South Dakota Sen. John Thune could be a safe option. He's an experienced legislator with conservative credentials. Yet, like many of his fellow hopefuls, he's coy when it comes to VP talk.
A year ago at this time, Congress was battling over whether to raise the debt ceiling. They tied their own hands, saying they would come up with a solution or massive cuts would set in automatically. Then nothing happened. And the chances of anything changing before the election are slim to none.
In Las Cruces, a candy shop whips up nut brittle made with red and green chili powder almost daily. Luis Flores' parents started in the candy business four decades ago. Today, you'll find his spicy brittle in farmer's markets and gift shops across the Southwest.
The first full day of Olympic competition brought moments of tense excitement, in the pool and on the archery course, among other places. But it's also time to look ahead to Sunday, which promises a day for swimming, as well as women's gymnastics, which begins qualifying rounds.
Though more Americans go to church or believe in God than their counterparts in virtually every other Western country, fewer Americans now trust religious institutions. A recent Gallup poll showed that just 44 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in "the church or organized religion."
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