- Newsmaker: Congress Overwhelmingly Approves Arming Pilots
The leaders of Congress and President Bush don-t much like the idea, and the airlines are adamantly opposed. Still, the Senate has joined the House with lopsided approval of letting pilots carry guns in their cockpits. Matthew Wald, who is covering the story for the New York Times, looks at the political appeal of the legislation that turns ordinary pilots into -federal flight deck officers.-
- Reporter's Notebook: New Revelations in the Murder of Tupac Shakur
In 1995, Tupac Shakur-s CD All Eyez on Me outsold Madonna and the Rolling Stones. Just a year later, the rap star was gunned down in Las Vegas. Officially, the murder has never been solved. Yet, in today-s Los Angeles Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chuck Philips describes his year-long investigation that points to revenge by a rival rap performer who was later murdered himself.
How September 11 Transformed the Political Agenda
For the first time since 1790, Congress convened in New York-s Federal Hall, just a few blocks from the former World Trade Center. Today-s historic session was designed, of course, to commemorate the atrocities of September 11. Critics are saying that with federal resources shifting from domestic programs to defense, homeland security and the prospect of war with Iraq, there-s been too much symbolism and not enough open debate about the massive changes that are under way. Are Americans getting the kind of discussion envisioned the last time Congress met in New York-s Federal Hall? We hear more from national Democratic and Republican party officials, political scientists, reporters and commentators.