National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Fla. Court To Rule: Can A Lawyer Be Undocumented?

The Florida Board Bar of Examiners requires all applicants to have valid citizenship or immigration papers. Jose Godinez-Samperio, who has no such papers, was granted a waiver to sit for the bar exam in 2011. He passed, but now the bar says it will admit him only with approval from the state Supreme Court.

America's Dairyland Doubles As Test Site For Political Civil War

A political civil war has raged in Wisconsin for nearly 18 months — presaging the fierce national politics of this presidential year.

A Senate Legend, Undone By His Greatest Strength

Richard Lugar's ability to reach across the aisle set him apart for more than three decades in the U.S. Senate. But it was that very tendency — and his close relationship with President Obama — that ended Lugar's career Tuesday night with a loss in Indiana's Republican primary.

Students To Congress: Don't Let Interest Rate Double

If lawmakers can't come to an agreement, the federal Stafford loan interest rate will jump from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1, adding an average of $1,000 to the cost of a year of college. Students from across the country visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to ask Congress to keep that from happening.

Roman Totenberg's Remarkable Life And Death

When he died on Tuesday at 101, Roman Totenberg left behind a professional career as a world-renowned concert violinist and teacher that spanned nine decades and four continents. His daughter, NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg, has this remembrance.

Details Emerge About Underwear Bomb Creator

Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri is the man U.S. authorities believe is behind the latest bomb plot from al-Qaida's arm in Yemen. A former chemistry major dropout, Asiri was radicalized in a Saudi prison after he was arrested for trying to get to Iraq to fight the United States. He has been with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula for six years but really made a name for himself among U.S. intelligence officials until 2009, when they discovered his fingerprint on the underwear bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Dina Temple-Raston talks to Audie Cornish about the bomb-maker.

Border Patrol To Target Repeat Crossers

The U.S. Border Patrol announced Tuesday what it's calling a new strategy to target repeat crossers and better measure illegal immigration and enforcement issues.

High-Profile Primaries In Three States On Tuesday

The presidential primaries are no longer competitive, but there are three important non-presidential primaries on Tuesday. The first is an Indiana Republican Senate primary in which veteran Senator Dick Lugar's career is on the line. The second is a vote in North Carolina on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage — as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships. The third pivotal vote of the day is the Democratic primary for Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election. Melissa Block talks with Ron Elving.