This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. We now know the name of the American soldier who's in custody for killing 16 Afghan civilians last weekend. NPR has confirmed he is Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. And for more, we're joined by NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman. Tom, the name has been withheld now for nearly a week since that shooting happened. Why is it out now?
The director of the the Independent Redistricting Commission decided today to hold off filing suit against the state -- at least for the time being.
On Thursday Ray Bladine said his agency is out of money and that the Legislature is legally required to provide funding. He said the commission would go to court today to force the issue. But Bladine said he spoke today with John Kavanagh, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, who assured him that lawmakers would approve at least some of the cash by Wednesday.
The legislation would require federal officers to notify the sheriff "before taking any official law enforcement action in a county in this state." Sierra Vista Republican Representative David Gowan said it's a simple matter of state sovereignty.
"If you look in your Constitution, you will not find that there are any police powers granted to the federal government," said Gowan. "And in such, the Tenth Amendment dictates that anything not granted to the federal government is reserved to the states respectively or the people."
Though guitarist Moot Davis grew up a New Jersey rocker, he had an appreciation for country music thanks to his West Virginian parents. But it wasn't until he saw a certain cola commercial that he really turned a corner.
Redistricting is forcing a handful of congressional incumbents of the same party to run against each other in primaries. On March 6, Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeated fellow liberal Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Ohio.
And next Tuesday, two conservative Republicans square off in Illinois.
The scene is the newly drawn 16th Congressional District, which covers mostly rural territory in the northern part of the state, curving around the suburbs and exurbs of Chicago, from the Wisconsin border north of Rockford to the Indiana border east of Kankakee.
Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 3:09 pm
Over the past couple of weeks, Invisible Children has been in the news quite a bit. First because a video produced by the organization acheived viral success and shone a spotlight on the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.
The stock market hit some major milestones this week: The Standard & Poor's 500 index reached its highest level in more than three years, the Dow Jones industrial average settled in above 13,000 — up about 24 percent since early October — and the Nasdaq rose to its highest level in 11 years. Still, the Federal Reserve has been warning not to get too excited about where the economy is headed next.
David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, says there are a bunch of reason for stocks to be rising.