Following the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama traveled to ground zero Thursday to pay tribute to 9/11 victims. Obama visited with their families, New York City emergency responders — and he laid a wreath where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood. Melissa Block talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who traveled with the president.
Vice President Joe Biden met with a bipartisan group of legislators to talk about the nation's debt. It was the first in a series of meetings at which the two parties will try to agree on a deficit plan that will win enough the support that Congress will vote to raise the legal limit on what the country can borrow. NPR's Mara Liasson joins Melissa Block to talk about all of this.
U.S. intelligence officials are pouring over a trove of intelligence information gathered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The materials have been shipped back to the U.S., and, in order to ensure a proper chain of custody, the FBI has housed the evidence at its lab in Quantico, Va. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston tells Melissa Block the latest on the investigation — and what it means to al-Qaida's future.
Osama bin Laden's death calls the future of al-Qaida into question. But terrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross suggests that al-Qaida itself is alive and well — and continuing bin Laden's core strategy against America. What's the strategy? Bankrupting America. Melissa Block speaks to Gartenstein-Ross, who directs the Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization and is author of the forthcoming book, "Why Al Qaeda Is Winning."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the administration is trying to free some of the $30 billion of Libyan state funds frozen in the United States to help the rebels in Libya. Clinton is attending a meeting in Rome of the so-called "Libya Contact Group," where the Italian government said a special fund is being set up to channel money to rebel leaders in Benghazi. Two Arab Gulf states said they would make contributions to the fund: Kuwait promised $180 million, while Qatar said it would contribute between $400 million and $500 million.
Ever wonder what makes something funny? E.B. White once wrote that "humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind." A look at an explanation behind the punch line.
Across the South, crews are clearing debris and starting the rebuilding process after last week's deadly tornadoes. Early estimates put the amount of insured damage at up to $5 billion across the region, but that doesn't include all of the uninsured damage, which could be extensive.
For Robert Jamison, his house in the Smithfield Estates neighborhood of North Birmingham has been wiped out.