CEOs from the major oil companies were on Capitol Hill Thursday, being grilled by Democratic senators. Members of Senate Finance Committee asked the executives to testify about the tax breaks their companies receive.
Mitt Romney, who is exploring another run for the White House, was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thursday, talking about healthcare. It's an issue that's likely to be among the most difficult he'll face in his bid for the Republican nomination for 2012.
In northwestern Pakistan today, twin explosions struck a paramilitary training center. The Pakistani Taliban claimed it carried out the attack to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.
The once-dormant race for the Republican presidential nomination is beginning to heat up. Earlier this week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich officially declared his candidacy, and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is doing the same today. Steve Inskeep talks to NRR's Mara Liasson and Ken Rudin about the Republican presidential field.
Steve Inskeep talks to John Janoush, vice president of Jan-Tran, a towboat company based in Rosdale, Miss., that has seen its business come to a halt because of flooding on the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers.
Thousands of acres of the Mississippi Delta are being inundated by floodwaters. Backwater levees along the Yazoo River, which feeds into the Mississippi, are not high enough to withstand this record flood. NPR's Debbie Elliott visits one town in the danger zone — Rolling Fork, home of legendary Mississippi bluesman Muddy Waters.
When the Libyan rebels went to look for someone to run their war economy, they went to an unlikely source: An economics teacher at the University of Washington.
Ali Tarhouni fled Libya 40 years ago after speaking out against Moammar Gadhafi. "I was given a choice to leave the country or go to jail," he says. His name wound up on a Gadhafi hit list in the 1980s.
He went back after the civil war broke out earlier this year. Now he's living in Benghazi, working as the finance minister for the rebels. His first job: Raise money to pay for the revolution.
In Chicago, a political transition will soon be under way. Next week, after 22 years in office, Mayor Richard M. Daley will step down, and a new mayor — former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — will be sworn in.
Daley's father, Richard J. Daley, who also served as mayor, was called "the boss." But his son cultivated his own kind of clout and became the city's longest-serving mayor.
'A Zest For Public Service'
When Daley took his first oath of office for mayor, he was quick to acknowledge his family history and to promise change.