The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to make it easier to approve judicial and executive branch nominees by curbing filibusters. This so-called nuclear option represents a radical shift in Senate procedure. Democrats had threatened to use after Senate Republicans upheld the confirmation of three judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the action could have a huge impact on the federal bench.
Matthew Raiford is a chef and farmer from Brunswick, Ga., and while he's gone to culinary school and worked in many a fine restaurant, he realized he didn't know how to make a sweet potato pie as good as his 93-year-old grandmother's. For our Found Recipe series, he set out to learn how she makes it, and was humbled and surprised.
For the first time, three women were among the more than Marines who graduated Thursday from the two-month combat training course. The U.S. lifted the ban on women in combat earlier this year. Now, the Marines are conducting tests to see if women have what it takes to actually serve in the infantry.
A Boeing 747 jet was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. Instead, it touched down at a small municipal airport across town. That was a problem: The runway there is much shorter than what the big jet typically needs on takeoff. But the plane is now on its way again.
With Republicans blocking the nominations of one African-American and two female judges to a key appeals court, Senate Democrats are again pondering a rules change to curtail the minority's ability to filibuster judicial appointments. But even Democrats themselves are split on whether to proceed.
At the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, conflict between rich and poor nations is mounting. The developing world wants large sums of money to help them adapt to climate change. The U.S. and Europe say they're doing what they can to help but times are tough.
So nice, we decided to air it twice: All Things Considered's Melissa Block interviewed TV chef Alton Brown last year to get the lowdown on his tips for the best way to prepare your Thanksgiving Turkey. Did Block take Brown's advice and change her fowl-roasting ways?
Delegates to the U.N. climate change conference in Poland from many of the world's poorer nations are asking wealthier countries to pay compensation to the impoverished countries bearing the brunt of climate change. Melissa Block talks to Munjurul Hannan Khan, negotiator and spokesman for the Least Developed Countries Group about the tensions between rich and poor countries.
The call for filibuster reform continues on Capitol Hill. Several Democratic Senators are thinking of going for mandatory change after more judicial and executive branch nominations were blocked by Republicans. Robert Siegel speaks with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, about the need for filibuster change and reform, including the so-called nuclear option.
President Obama bestowed the highest civilian award on an array of stars Monday. The 16 recipients of the Medal of Freedom — from former President Bill Clinton to country singer Loretta Lynn, from feminist Gloria Steinem and legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith to Judge Patricia Wald — assembled at the White House.
The Senate is debating rival plans on how to prosecute cases of sexual assault in the military. The problem is vast: 26,000 military sexual assaults last year, with only 3,000 reported and 300 going to trial. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have competing proposals for dealing with the issue.
China says it is sending a state-of-the art hospital ship to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. The move follows widespread criticism that China's first response to the disaster was stingy. China - the world's second-largest economy - initially pledged a total of just $200,000, less than a tenth of what the furniture chain Ikea pledged.