Melissa Block talks with Martin Kaste about an epidemic of gun violence in Seattle. A shooting near the University of Washington on Wednesday killed two people and wounded three. A woman was shot and killed in a separate incident in the center of the city. All this follows a weekend of violence that has the city shaken.
The ex-wife of Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has filed an FEC complaint, alleging that funds were misused during her ex-husband's 2010 campaign to cover up an affair. Robert Siegel talks to Todd Lighty of the Chicago Tribune for more.
The jury in the John Edwards trial deliberated for an eighth day on Wednesday. The panel has asked for little guidance as it debates the fate of the two-time former presidential candidate. Edwards is accused of soliciting almost a million dollars from a pair of wealthy donors to cover up his pregnant mistress. Jeff Tiberii of North Carolina Public Radio talks to host Melissa Block from the Federal Courthouse in Greensboro.
It's rare for incumbents like Rep. Thad McCotter, the Michigan Republican, to fail to collect enough valid signatures and get on a ballot. But this kind of embarrassment has occasionally happened to others. Fortunately for many politicians, most states don't have such ballot-access requirements or ask for a minimal number of signatures.
We celebrate the deeply embedded ideal of the American dream every day, and yet the phrase has always been fraught. For many, there is no dream, so here, we give you "A Brief Diary of the American Nightmare."
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