President Obama said Sunday that "we need to" work out a debt deal within the next 10 days as he convened a meeting with congressional leaders, aiming to fashion a deficit reduction package that would allow the country to avoid first ever default on U.S. debt.
Obama and the eight top House and Senate leaders assembled in the White House Cabinet Room for about 90 minutes during a rare Sunday session, less than 24 hours after House Speaker John Boehner abandoned plans to negotiate a massive $4 trillion deal for reducing the debt.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh must "expeditiously" sign a deal that would have him transfer power to his vice president and step down, the White House counterterrorism chief told Saleh in a meeting at a hospital where the Yemeni leader is being treated for serious injuries.
Members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors tend to speak cautiously: Their words can move markets. Yet last month, Fed governor Sarah Bloom Raskin was remarkably candid about the growing gap between America's rich and poor.
"This inequality is destabilizing and undermines the ability of the economy to grow sustainably and efficiently," she said. Income inequality, she continued, "is "anathema to the social progress that is part and parcel of such growth."
There was high drama Sunday in the women's World Cup soccer tournament: The U.S. team got a last-second, come-from-behind victory over Brazil. NPR's Tom Goldman fills in host Guy Raz on how the Americans pulled it off in Dresden, Germany.
The U.S. is withholding $800 million in military assistance to Pakistan. NPR's Jackie Northam and host Guy Raz discuss the latest example of the strain between the two allies in the wake of Osama bin Laden's killing.
An hour after the game, Abby Wambach was still at a loss for words.
Amazing. Riveting. Dramatic.
Take your pick, any one of them will do.
The Americans are into the semifinals after one of the most thrilling games in the history of the World Cup — men's or women's — beating Brazil 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie. Wambach tied it with a magnificent, leaping header in the 122nd minute, and goalkeeper Hope Solo denied the Brazilians again.
"I'm at a loss, and I literally cannot believe what just happened," Wambach said. "But we've got two games left."
President Obama is meeting with Capitol Hill leaders again Sunday to talk about the deal they are trying to strike on the debt ceiling and deficit reduction. The weekend talks are the latest symbol of seriousness in the long-running struggle that is nearing a deadline of potential default on federal debt. NPR's Ari Shapiro gives host Guy Raz the latest.
The last issue of the British tabloid News of The World was published Sunday. But Rupert Murdoch's killing of the paper has not killed the phone-hacking scandal that took it down. Vicki Barker has the story from London.
President Obama has ordered the suspension of $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military, his chief of staff said Sunday, as part of what experts say is a tougher line with a critical U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism.
Top aide William Daley described the U.S. relationship with Pakistan as "difficult" and said it must be made "to work over time." But he added that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are committed to give" Pakistan.