Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:38 pm
Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. is expected to be executed this afternoon in Huntsville, Tx. But his execution has become less about the fact that he was convicted of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl and more about a rare diplomatic showdown between the state, the Obama administration and even the United Nations.
Saying that today's White House meeting with Congressional leaders was "very constructive," President Obama just announced that budget negotiations will continue through the weekend and that he'll be meeting with Congressional leaders again on Sunday.
And when they reconvene, Obama said, it will be "with the expectation that at that point, the parties will at least know where each others' bottom lines are."
Lawmakers, he added, know there will be "pain involved politically on all sides" in any agreement.
President Barack Obama recently announced that 10,000 American troops will be pulling out of Afghanistan by year's end, and after years spent overseas, many in the military are thinking ahead to what they can expect when they get home.
Studies show that students lose months of reading and math skills over summer vacation. That knowledge loss adds up — especially for children of low-income families — but it can be mitigated by keeping students engaged all year long.
Many 12-step programs make a rule of preserving participants' anonymity, but now some are challenging that policy. Opponents say 12-step programs have lost enough of their stigma for participants to be openly involved, while others insist on the value of privacy on the road to recovery.
If there's one place that has come to illustrate the perils confronting the hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing Mexico in an attempt to reach the United States, it's San Fernando in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
The final launch of NASA's shuttle Atlantis is this Friday. When that mission ends, so will the shuttle program that produced scientific advances and stunning cosmic photos. To learn about the program's legacy and the future of space exploration, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of "NOVA scienceNOW."
During Obama's Twitter Town Hall meeting Wednesday, several questions focused on U.S. schools' needs and budgets. Host Michel Martin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss No Child Left Behind, the plan aimed to improve failing public schools; as well as the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some undocumented youth.