President Obama plans to unveil his strategy for Afghanistan next week. He'll give an evening address from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The White House says he will first brief members of Congress.
President Obama welcomed the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the White House today on a formal state visit. The president says he and the Indian leader have agreed to increase cooperation on law enforcement issues and intelligence.
President Obama says the nation’s economy is in good shape for the long term. He pointed to what he saw as the economy’s core strength such as universities innovation and dynamic workforce. Meanwhile, there were some better-than-expected housing numbers out today.
Some of the moderate Senators who cast crucial votes to move a sweeping health care overhaul bill to the Senate floor for debate say the legislation will have to be changed before they would support letting it come up for a final vote. More from NPR's David Welna.
Senate Democrats appear to have the 60 votes they'll need tonight to send the health care overhaul bill to the floor for debate. The final holdout, Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, says she may not support the Democratic written plan in its current form, but it deserves to be heard.
A 23-hour debate marathon is underway in the Senate. It’s leading up to a maker break vote tomorrow night for the massive healthcare overhaul bill unveiled this week by Senate Democrats. We have more on this from NPR’s David Welna.
President Obama is home from eight-day trip to Asia after a final round of talks with South Korea’s president. NPR’s Scott Horsley reports.
President Obama is in Singapore for a series of meetings with leaders from Asia, including the military government of Myanmar, which the US has long tried to isolate. NPR’s Scott Horsley reports.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11th attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and 4 co-defendants will be tried in a federal court in New York city, not far from Ground Zero. Holder says although the cases will be handled by civilian prosecutors, the standards of justice applied will be stringent.
President Obama is on a 3-day tour to China, where he’s scheduled to meet with President Hu Jintao in Beijing. Energy, trade, climate change and regional security are expected to top the leaders' agenda. Before the meeting, President Obama is scheduled to hold a town hall style discussion with young people in Shanghai.
The army has filed formal charges against Major Nidal Hasan with the shooting deaths at Fort Hood last week. He faces 13 counts of premeditated murder. From Fort Hood, Texas, NPR’s Jeff Brady reports.
The nation is paying tribute to its war veterans today in suburban Washington, President Obama spoke at an annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. To our veterans, to the fallen and to their families, there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice.
Debate on sweeping health care legislation continues on the House floor today. NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports.
Two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers have been acquitted on all charges of lying to investors about dealings in mortgage-backed securities at the start of the financial crisis. The jury in the US District Court in Brooklyn, New York reached its verdict this past hour after less than six hours of deliberations. The month-long trial against the two defendants was the first trial against high-profile Wall Street executives, stemming from mortgage securities that led to the market’s collapse.
The Fort Hood military base in Texas is on lockdown because of a mass shooting today. NPR’s Pentagon correspondent Mary Louise Kelly has been covering developments. She is in the studio with us now.
The suspected gunman in the deadly shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas is alert and talking to medical personnel at the hospital where he is being treated. Investigators from the Army and the FBI have been waiting to question him. NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston has more.
US military forces around the world were asked to observe a moment of silence today for those killed and wounded at the Fort Hood military post in Texas. That attack yesterday left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded. The alleged gunman, Major Nidal Hasan was hospitalized after being shot multiple times.
This church service in Fort Hood, Texas is more emotional than usual this Sunday. People are mourning the 13 people who died during a shooting rampage three days ago. Nearly 30 others were wounded in that attack. Colonel John Rossi, deputy commander of Fort Hood says the alleged gunman, Major Nidal Hasan, is still in intensive care.
President Obama appeared at a middle school in Madison, Wisconsin this past hour to challenge states to get their education priorities in line with his administrations’ educational goals, if they want a part of the federal government's 4.3 billion dollars in grants.
President Obama is challenging both the public and private sectors to come up with new ways to create more jobs to help bring down the nation's high unemployment rate.
President Obama is in New Jersey today. He is stumping for Jon Corzine, the only governor seeking re-election this fall. The President called on Democrats to head to the polls on Tuesday.
The chief rival to Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai in that country’s upcoming runoff election, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, is widely expected to pull out of the race, although he will not make an official announcement until tomorrow and he is said to be keeping his options open. Secretary of State Clinton insists that if he does withdraw, it will not affect the legitimacy of the election.
One day after a rosy outlook sent stocks up more than 2%, Wall Street took it all back in lump sum some today. Worries over a weak report on consumer spending last month as well as an end-of-month selling bout caused investors to pull back. Britt Beemer is a retail expert with America's research group. He said today consumers still appeared to have doubts about whether an economic recovery is actually taking hold.
President Obama today hailed new economic numbers that show the economy might be finally pulling out of recession. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.