"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face... one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."
—Charles Langbridge Morgan
- Several States Brace For Massive Ice Storm This Weekend Fri, 06 Dec 2013 07:32:00 -0500
- "A major icing event is forecast through Friday across portions of the southern Great Plains toward the Lower Ohio Valley," the National Weather Service says. Some are saying an ice storm Friday and Saturday will be the nation's worst since 2009.
- Mandela's Death Reverberates Across U.S. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- American flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Nelson Mandela. The human rights icon died on Thursday following a lengthy illness. In Washington, D.C., there has been heavy traffic around the South African embassy as mourners converge on the area.
- Mandela's Powerful Influence On Barack Obama Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- President Obama offered a remembrance of Nelson Mandela at the White House on Thursday, shortly after news broke of the South African leader's death. Obama talked about Mandela not only as an icon, but as a three-dimensional human being.
- Adrift In Frigid Water, Not Caring 'If You Live Or Die' Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:28:00 -0500
- A ship called the Daniel J. Morrell was making its last haul of the season when it broke apart in a heavy storm on Lake Huron in November 1966. A few crew members struggled to stay afloat in the driving wind and waves, but ultimately, Dennis Hale was the shipwreck's sole survivor.
- The Giant Book That Creates And Destroys Entire Industries Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:05:00 -0500
- The book lists the tax that importers have to pay on approximately every single thing in the universe — and raises a key question about the Planet Money T-shirt.
- For Biden, All The World's A Stage For Possible 2016 Run Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:22:00 -0500
- The Asia trip is generating the kind of video and headlines that could prove useful if the vice president decides to run for president in 2016.
- Illinois Governor Signs Pension Rescue Plan Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:30:00 -0500
- The law aims to plug a $100 billion shortfall in the state's pension system, which is considered the nation's worst-funded.
- White House: President Briefly Lived With Kenyan-Born Uncle Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:51:00 -0500
- After first denying the two ever met, the White House on Thursday says that as a Harvard Law School student at Cambridge, the president briefly lived with his uncle, Onyango Obama.
- Obama: World Lost A Profoundly Good Man In Nelson Mandela's Death Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:55:10 -0500
- President Obama addressed the nation Thursday after news that former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died, saying the world lost an influential, courageous and "profoundly good" man.
- Wash. Judge Rules Towns Failed Poor Defendents Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:55:10 -0500
- A big ruling on whether poor criminal defendants have the right to a lawyer came this week. A judge in Washington state finds two cities have systematically violated the rights of indigent defendants by providing them with lawyers who spent less than one hour on their cases.
- To Fix Social Security, Some Democrats Want To Lift Wage Cap Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:49:00 -0500
- For the past three years, there's been a shortfall in the payroll taxes collected for Social Security. As more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits and the overall share of wages subject to taxation under the program shrinks, that deficit is bound to keep growing.
- Fla. Prosecutor: No Sexual Assault Charges For FSU Football Star Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:38:00 -0500
- Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault. That decision was announced Thursday in Talahassee.
- New York City's New Top Cop's Broken Windows Background Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:37:59 -0500
- Robert Siegel talks with criminologist George Kelling, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, about the career and policing style of William Bratton, who was named NYPD Police Commissioner Thursday.
- DeBlasio Appoints New Commissioner To Run NYPD Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:37:59 -0500
- New York City Mayor-Elect Bill deBlasio named William Bratton to head the city's police department Thursday. Bratton was New York's police commissioner in the 1990s, and was police chief in Los Angeles and commissioner in Boston. He'll return to the role as head of the nation's largest police department as the NYPD faces a crossroads. Despite unprecedentedly low crime rates in the city, the department has come under scrutiny in recent years for its controversial stop-and-frisk policy — tactics the mayor-elect has strongly criticized for souring relations between police and minority communities.
- Fast Food Workers Rally Across Country For Better Pay Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:37:58 -0500
- Workers rallied in 100 cities on Thursday to raise awareness for increasing pressure to raise wages. The push comes as 19 cities and states already raised minimum wages. A report from Berkeley economists finds the low-wage fast food jobs are costing taxpayer billions of dollars in public assistance — everything from food stamps to Medicaid.