It was a given that the seven presidential candidates in Monday night's Republican debate would bandy about plenty of "Obama is doing it wrong" arguments. Whether the issue was stabilizing the economy, the auto-industry bailout, health care reform, being tough enough on terrorists or deporting enough undocumented immigrants, everyone thoroughly condemned the president for his performance over the past two-and-a-half years.
Often in the reporting about science, the adventure, the risk and the physical difficulty of the research gets shunted aside and ignored. Science tends to be seen as the work of people who don't willingly expose themselves to physical hardship and danger.
Exceptions to this perception, including astronauts and heroic researchers such as Jonas Salk (who famously took an early dose of the polio vaccine, along with his wife and children, to hopefully demonstrate its safety), are few and far between.
A nearly 800-year-old relic was stolen from St. Anthony's Church in Long Beach, Calif. The church brought out its relic, kept in a case with angel-shaped handles, to celebrate the Saint's Feast Day. The congregation is hopeful the item will be returned.
A Ferrari worth $750,000 was stolen years ago but was later recovered. That's how an FBI agent ended up at the wheel with a prosecutor as a passenger when it crashed. The prosecutor says they were just on a little drive before the car went to the impound lot.
Senators from both parties are trying to release some of the assets of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, which were frozen several months ago. But figuring out how to do that isn't simple. Stuart Levey, of the Council on Foreign Relations, talks to Steve Inskeep about how it could happen. Earlier this year, Levey left the Treasury Department as undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
In Syria, refugees are still fleeing into Turkey after government forces cracked down on a rebellious northern town. Other details are more difficult to get hold of. For example, what is daily life like across the country? Steve Inskeep talks to a woman who blogs from Damascus, who writes under the name Jasmine Roman.
The Supreme Court has upheld a Nevada law that bars lawmakers from voting on or even debating matters in which they have a conflict of interest. A Nevada council member had challenged the law, asserting that it prohibited his first amendment rights.
For Libyans, one of the main hardships caused by the worldwide campaign against their leader, Moammar Gadhafi, is a nationwide shortage of gasoline.
Fighting has nearly ground to a halt the oil-rich nation's ability to refine fuel. A naval blockade keeps any fuel tankers from leaving or reaching the North African nation's ports.
The shortage has led to cars lining up as far as the eye can see outside Libyan gas stations providing what little fuel is left at normal prices. But being a woman there means you may not have to wait as long to fill up.