National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Senate Republicans Block Paycheck Fairness Act

Senate Democrats knew they had little chance of passing the Pay Fairness Act on Tuesday, but they see lots of promise for its politics. Blending economics and gender politics, the bill hit the sweet spot of the Democrats election year strategy to target female voters.

U.S. Drone Strike Kills One Of Al-Qaida's Top Leaders

U.S. officials say a drone strike killed al-Qaida's number two operative. Abu Yahya al-Libi had risen to the top ranks within the terrorist group after the death of Osama bin Laden. He gained notoriety in 2005 after escaping from the prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. A U.S. official says Abu Yahya's death is a major blow to the group. Robert Siegel talks to Tom Gjelten for more.

Report Of First Doctor To Treat Lincoln Rediscovered

Dr. Charles A. Leale, 23, was in Ford's Theatre that fateful night. He ran to the president's side. The first thing he ordered for Lincoln was brandy and water. Then he began treating the mortally wounded president. Leale's account had been missing.

A Plan To Reform Immigration Policy, DIY-Style

Immigration remains an intense political debate and a point of contention between Mexico and the U.S. Jorge Castaneda, Mexico's former foreign minister, and Douglas S. Massey, founder and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, argue that now is the time to solve it "peacefully and quietly."

Giant Tankers Battle Wildfires From The Sky

The largest wildfire in New Mexico history continues to burn, spurred on by record drought conditions across the Southwest. Huge aerial tanker planes drop liquid payloads to extinguish many wildfires. One tanker deployed over Utah plummeted into a canyon and disintegrated, killing two pilots.

Wisconsin Moderates: Heroes Or Heretics?

Much has been said and written about the divisions opened in Wisconsin since Gov. Scott Walker undertook a dual agenda to weaken public worker unions while balancing an out-of-whack budget. Come Wednesday, how does the state heal? Two of the moderate state senators left share ideas and concerns.

California's Prop 8 Same-Sex Marriage Ban Looks Headed To Supreme Court

An appeals court said it will not review an earlier ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. So now, proponents are expected to take their case to the Supreme Court.

Breast-Feeding In Uniform: Brave Or Brazen?

A group of Air Force moms photographed breast-feeding their children in uniform in public has sparked a debate among parents and service members.