Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
Who's the most powerful conservative leader in the Americas, north and south? That may sound like a trick question, but it's not. The answer is Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister who triumphed last week in an election that all but destroyed two opposition parties, the Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois (BQ).
The government in Syria says it has the upper hand in the crackdown on protesters. The government has used tanks and troops to put down demonstrations in cities across the country. Anthony Shadid, of The New York Times, talks to Renee Montagne about what he witnessed Monday when he was allowed into Syria for a few hours.
"President Obama insisted that the assault force hunting down Osama bin Laden last week be large enough to fight its way out of Pakistan if confronted by hostile local police officers and troops," The New York Times writes this morning, citing anonymous "senior administration and military officials" as its sources.
An obvious modern impact of the Civil War shows through those who keep the history alive. Reenacting groups participate in organized events all over Kentucky. Kentucky Public Radio's Chris Taylor set out to learn more, and got a lesson in garb.
The Mississippi River is cresting in Memphis, Tenn at 48 feet, a near record. Memphis A.C. Wharton instructed authorities to go door-to-door to warn residents in danger to evacuate, according to Time Magazine. The AP's Jason Bronis floats with the emergency response teams.
Collins Official Scrabble Words has long been a go-to on the international Scrabble circuit. Until recently, that reference book didn't allow some very common words. Finally, Collins is adding nearly 3,000 new words to its official list.
Osama bin Laden's death has changed the political situation in Afghanistan, according to Vali Nasr, an adviser to the State Department. He tells Steve Inskeep there's a great deal of possibility, both within the U.S. and in Afghanistan, to think about how to end the war more quickly through some form of a political settlement.
Volunteers across southern California are helping the U.S. Geological Survey keep track of seismic movement. Through the NetQuakes program, families are installing shoe-box sized sensors in their homes. These monitors measure ground movement and then send measurements to the USGS over the Internet.
The latest city in Syria to be surrounded by tanks and troops is the northern city of Homs. Residents of the country's third largest city say tanks moved in under cover of darkness and electricity, water and phones have been cut off. Activists say more than a dozen people have been killed and scores more detained and interrogated.