Several Tea Party-backed congressional Republicans have openly opposed House Speaker Boehner's budget proposal, which aims to raise the U.S. borrowing limit in two steps and requires Congress to confront the debt ceiling again in six months. To learn more about Tea Partiers' thoughts on the debt ceiling and government spending habits, host Michel Martin speaks with Tea Party Patriots Spokeswoman Shelby Blakely.
The Barbershop guys weigh in on the widening wealth gap between whites and people of color, President Obama's speech to the National Council of La Raza, and the big trades that have recently happened through the NFL. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and foreign policy analyst Mario Loyola.
Host Michel Martin and David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, discuss how faith plays a role in major political news, from the impending debt ceiling deadline to the 2012 election campaigns.
Brazilian sailors recover debris from Air France Flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean on June 8, 2009.
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A long-awaited French accident report released Friday blames faulty air speed sensors and pilot error for the 2009 crash of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, which killed 228 people. It was the worst accident in Air France's history.
The crew piloting the Airbus 330 over the Atlantic did not appear to know that the plane was in a stall despite repeated warning signals, according to the report by France's aviation investigation agency, or BEA.
Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000. But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County. His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both. Headlined by cases such as Telles’, immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.
Marines from the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion in direct support of the Marines in Battalion 1/8, prepare to leave for a daily mission to de-mine a new road in the Musa Qala district, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 30, 2010.
At the end of court yesterday, Warren Jeffs stood all by himself at the defense table, head bowed, motionless as everyone swirled around him.
The morning began with him firing his defense lawyers and announcing he would represent himself. It was a particularly cruel blow for Deric Walpole, Jeffs' lead defense lawyer, who'd been working 20-hour days to get ready for this moment only to have Jeffs pull the rug out from under him.
The regulation of medical devices bears a passing resemblance to this giant version of the Rube Goldberg-style game <a href="http://www.hasbro.com/shop/details.cfm?guid=8F001BD6-6D40-1014-8BF0-9EFBF894F9D4&product_id=9461&src=endeca">Mouse Trap</a>.
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Sorry to drop this news on you as another summer weekend beckons.
But the system the Food and Drug Administration uses to evaluate a big swath of medical devices before they're offered for sale doesn't make much sense, according to a report just released by the independent Institute of Medicine.
It's an arcane but important subject, and it may either bore you or disturb you.
Former Duke lacrosse players Dave Evans, left, and Collin Finnerty speak during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 11, 2007. Prosecutors dropped all charges against the three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a party, saying the athletes were innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse" by an overreaching district attorney.
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Cathy Young is a contributing editor to Reason magazine and a columnist for RealClearPolitics.com.
We will probably never know for sure what really happened between former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the chambermaid who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Manhattan hotel room on May 14. In the days after the French politician's arrest, media commentary was strongly on the side of the alleged victim, and any attempt to question her credibility was met with indignation.