First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the presentation ceremony of the International Women of Courage Awards at the State Department March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Obama Administration requires health care providers include birth control coverage.
Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:03 am
Meghan Clyne contributes to The Weekly Standard.
On Feb. 11, as the debate over the Obama administration's rule forcing religious institutions to provide insurance for contraceptive and aborti-facient drugs to their employees was reaching fever pitch, a prominent American said:
From left to right, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah participate in a news conference on Medicare reform on Capitol Hill March 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul unveiled a Medicare reform plan that would allow seniors to join their Member of Congress's health plan.
Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:11 am
Jonathan Cohn is the senior editor of The New Republic.
The controversy over contraception has faded a bit. Congressional Republicans are rethinking efforts to overturn a requirement that would make birth control coverage a mandatory part of health insurance. Rush Limbaugh has stopped talking about the issue, at least for the moment.
Actor George Clooney is arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Protesters organized against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's blockading of food and humanitarian aid in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions.
Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 10:45 am
Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary Sunday, adding the commonwealth's 20 delegates to his commanding lead over the other candidates as they compete to reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination. Rick Santorum hurt himself with the island's voters by saying English had to become its official language before it could achieve statehood.
NPR's business news starts with Apple's giant pile of money.
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INSKEEP: The maker of iPads, iPhones and computers is sitting on almost one hundred billion dollars in cash and securities. And today, Apple announced that it will spend some of that money paying a stock dividend to shareholders and buying back some company stock. NPR's Steve Henn has been following developments, and joins us on the line from Silicon Valley. Steve, good morning.
Here are some of the latest developments concerning the March 11 killings of 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan and the U.S. Army staff sergeant, Robert Bales, who is suspected of carrying out the massacre:
-- Defense attorney John Henry Browne will today "have his first face-to-face meeting with the 10-year Army veteran, who is being held in an isolated cell at Fort Leavenworth's military prison in Kansas," The Associated Press reports.
Now that 911 recordings show how a white Florida man continued to follow a 17-year-old black boy even after police advised him not to — and captured the sound of the man killing the unarmed youth with a shot to the chest — Trayvon Martin's family wants the FBI to take over the investigation into his killing.
The gunman says it was an act of self defense during a Neighborhood Watch patrol.