Mitt Romney is set to depart from London Saturday, after three days of photo ops and closed meetings. But his assessment of London's handling of the games drew a rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron. Host Scott Simon chats with Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman about the visit and the perceptions formed by Romney's hosts.
There have been expressions of sorrow from the nation's political leaders over the shootings in Colorado, but no one's making any attempt at rewriting laws to head off another massacre. The National Rifle Association is widely considered the reason why, but is its hold over Washington real or perceived?
This has been a summer of blood, sweat and tears in Chicago. The city has been scorched by historic heat, and the homicide rate has soared. Chicago's gangs span generations, but today, they're more disorganized and disparate. Violence seems random, and police are outnumbered.
Some states, like Georgia, have a waiting list for people who need help paying for AIDS drugs. With increased federal funding on its way for HIV/AIDS treatment, states are hoping that they can care for more people. But the cost of care remains high, so the waits may remain, too.
The drought that's hit huge swathes of the country is also draining the audiences for outdoor activities. Fishers, golfers, boaters and gardeners are staying indoors, and that's bad news for the businesses that depend on them.
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