If Democrats and Republicans are unable to meet the Tuesday deadline for raising the debt ceiling, and the Treasury starts running short of money, the government will have to start making choices about which bills to pay.
With U.S. military spending coming under new pressure from congressional budget cutters, Pentagon planners want European allies to pick up a greater share of the defense burden. The question is which way to look.West European countries are the most accustomed to working with the U.S.
Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with President Barack Obama. He comments on the criticism his wife received for ordering a high-calorie meal, and shares his feelings about turning 50. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
As thousands of gay and lesbian couples are planning weddings in New York — and celebrating their hard-fought right to marry — others around the nation are fighting for the right to divorce.Since most states, and the federal government, don't recognize gay marriages, many same-sex couples are left w
If lemonade stands are symbols of the American Dream, and if lemonade stands are under attack in the United States, then the American Dream is under attack.Sure, it's a somewhat breathless syllogism, but there is truth in it.Arguably there is no catchier, kitschier symbol of the American spirit than
The trial of a teen accused of killing a gay classmate, 15-year old Lawrence King, is underway in southern California and bringing national attention to the problem of gay bullying.Prosecutors say the defendant murdered his classmate out of his hatred of homosexuals, but defense attorneys say their
In Boston, experience suggests that pent-up demand for marriage among gays and lesbians will drive a wedding windfall, but it's usually short-lived."When marriage is new in a state, there's a surge at the beginning, but then after about a year, that rate starts to slow down.
Denver is at the peak of a citywide pot boom.It all started after the U.S. Attorney General's office — in a shift of policy since the Bush administration — announced in 2009 that it would not prosecute marijuana users if their state permits use of the drug for medical reasons."