In his speech to the graduating class of Memphis' Booker T. Washington High School Monday, President Obama went beyond the prepared text handed out to reporters to make a shot at at reality TV that seemed relevant given Monday's Donald Trump news. The aside is in italics.
NBC was the first network to complete its upfront presentation today, and the top hard-news headline (of a sort) was that Donald Trump won't run for president. This might have come as a surprise to you if you haven't followed the undirected nuttery that is the showbiz career of Donald Trump — which, bless that huckstering haystack of hair, I have.
But NBC also did present its new fall shows, so let's take a look, starting with the comedies.
As they question the three wives of Osama bin Laden who were reportedly living with him at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, when he was killed, U.S. and Pakistani officials likely won't learn much from them about the al-Qaida leader's plans and how the terrorist organization works, author and terrorism expert Peter Bergen says.
The U.S. Supreme Court has made it significantly easier for police to force their way into a home without a warrant. On Monday, the court, by an 8-1 vote, upheld the warrantless search of an apartment after police smelled marijuana and feared that those inside were destroying incriminating evidence.
Robert Siegel speaks with Julie Robinson, International Space Station program scientist, about the Legos, roundworms and squid embryos riding along on the Space Shuttle Endeavour's last mission to space. The shuttle program is being discontinued. Monday's launch of Endeavour is the second-to-last space shuttle voyage.
Rick Welts, president and CEO of the Phoenix Suns, came out publicly this week. The NBA executive is one of the most high-profile figures still active in sports to declare that he is gay. Robert Siegel talks with Welts about his decision.
Two terrorism cases now winding their way through the federal court system have links to Pakistan: One involves a Chicago businessman who stands accused of helping plot the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India. The other case is in Miami, where two local imams and several family members were charged with allegedly providing money and support to the Pakistani Taliban. Both cases come at a time when the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is under intense scrutiny.
John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the first American emissary to visit Pakistan since the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He is known to be a friend of Pakistan, and what he is told by Pakistani army and civilian leaders could be key to American policy going forward. Kerry arrived late Sunday and went quickly to see army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, handing him the list of U.S. demands.
It was early afternoon on a sunny Saturday. We were stuck in the car in heavy traffic. All three of us were bored and restless. All snacks had already been consumed and endless rounds of 20 Questions had already been played. We'd forgotten our iPods and our phones were running low on batteries. We were nowhere close to our destination.