President Obama's nominee to head the Pentagon faced questions from senators on Thursday. Leon Panetta is currently the Director of the CIA and is expected to be confirmed. But senators still had plenty of questions for Panetta at his confirmation hearing about defense spending and the war in Afghanistan. NPR's Tamara Keith reports.
Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he is staying in the race. On Thursday, 16 members of his staff resigned. Steve Inkseep and Linda Wertheimer talk to NPR's Don Gonyea about why the staff may have resigned. They'll also discuss GOP candidate Mitt Romney's decision not to participate in one of the most watched straw polls in the presidential campaign season.
Republicans in Iowa are disappointed that GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not participate in the Iowa straw poll in August. It is considered one of the marquee events of the Iowa campaign, and it's by far the most-watched straw poll in the presidential election campaign season.
John Stineman, a long-time Iowa GOP strategist, says the problem for Romney is that the expectations game is far tougher than it is for any other candidate.
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The snowpack in the Rocky Mountains has been gradually thinning over much of the past century, and a new study attributes much of that to global warming.
This year is a notable exception — unusually heavy snowfall throughout the Rockies this winter has caused a lot of flooding and water-management headaches downstream. But taking the long view, the trend is toward less and less snow.
Have al-Qaida and other militant groups wormed into Pakistan's military?
It's an explosive question, considering that Pakistan's armed forces are vital U.S. allies and also guardians of a stockpile of nuclear weapons. And that was the question a Pakistani journalist addressed in an article written shortly before he was murdered last week.
Saleem Shahzad reported on last month's militant attack on a Pakistani naval base in Karachi. He quoted anonymous sources who linked that attack to the discovery of suspected al-Qaida operatives inside the navy itself.
Two new elements were officially added to the periodic table this month. The elements were discovered years ago, but they needed approval from an international committee before they could be placed on the famous chart. We asked Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth, producers of NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me and hosts of the podcast How To Do Everything, to explore how the process works:
Tropical diseases like dengue fever sound as if they belong in faraway places. But in the past several years, some have begun showing up in the continental U.S.
Now in Key West, Fla., public health officials are combating a scourge they thought they'd eradicated seven decades ago.
Dengue Back After Long Absence
Until recently, a locally contracted case of dengue fever had not been seen in Florida since 1934. That suddenly changed in 2009, when doctors in Key West began seeing it in people who had not traveled outside the area.