- Making News: Update on Violence in Mosul, Fallujah
Monday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the military dining tent in Mosul, killing 22 people. Today, 250,000 residents of Fallujah, evacuated last month as US forces fought to regain control of the city, began trickled back in. As they did, skirmishes erupted and several marines were killed. Colonel Paul Hughes, senior military fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, updates the situation.
- Reporter's Notebook: What Teachers Get for Christmas
It-s customary for children to bring their teachers homemade macaroons this time of year, but a recent article in The New Yorker spills the beans on what's going on at elite private schools. There, where tuition can run as high as $14,000 a year, students are bestowing some outlandish holiday gifts on teachers, say the article's author, Caitlin Flanagan, a former private school teacher herself.
Seasons Greetings Challenge Church-State Separation
Some 80% of Americans are Christian, and 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas. Yet, this year apologies are being demanded for calling the office "Christmas party" a "holiday party," lawsuits are being filed for displaying Hanukah menorahs rather than nativity scenes at shopping malls, and there's uproar for not allowing Christmas caroling at secondary schools. Though these complaints are heard annually, this year they are louder and stronger than usual, having become both a personal and a political debate due, perhaps, to the participation of the Christian right on the re-election of George W. Bush in November. Guest host Diana Nyad speaks with journalists, civil libertarians, religious watchdogs and historians about this intersection of faith, free expression and religion.