- Making News: Difficulties Forming New Iraqi Cabinet
Three months after the Iraqi elections, a new government finally has been sworn in, minus several important ministries designed for the Sunni minority. Neil MacDonald, who reports from Baghdad for the Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times and the Economist, reports on the difficulties in filling certain posts and the violence that has accompanied efforts to form the new government.
- Reporter-s Notebook: New Regulations for Drivers' Licenses
Some of the September 11 hijackers used drivers' licenses as identification when they checked in at the airports in Newark and Boston. As recommended by the 911 Commission, Congress is about to establish nationwide rules for licenses to discourage that from happening again. To keep track of what this could mean for the 50 states, the National Council of State Legislatures has appointed New York Republican State Senate Senator Michael Balboni to represent their interests.
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Trump’s war on the FBI Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”
Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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