Syria’s Ancient Heritage Sites Constantly Under Threat

December 8, 2014
A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows columns in the courtyard of the temple of Baal at the ancient city of Palmyra damaged by artillery shelling in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

A Syrian archaeologist discusses how ancient artifacts are endangered by looters in ISIS-controlled regions.

U.S. Didn’t Know About South African Hostage In Yemen Raid

December 8, 2014
This is an undated photo provided by the Korkie family, of South African, Pierre Korkie. An American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, during a U.S.-led rescue operation that President Barack Obama said he ordered because of "imminent danger" to the U.S. hostage. (Korkie Family/AP)

The deaths of both hostages point to the difficulty of rescue attempts and the limits of U.S. intelligence in the region.

Washington Week Ahead: Shutdown Or Not?

December 8, 2014
The National Mall with the Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument are seen from the roof of the U.S. Capitol Building, on a brisk fall day in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

NPR’s Ron Elving joins us to talk about immigration, CIA torture and a potential government shutdown.

Sen. Tim Kaine Responds To Defense Secretary Nomination

December 5, 2014
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine speaks with members of the media at the Downtown Richmond Marriot before the start of his election night event on November 6, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Virginia Democrat, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he’s a “big fan” of Ashton Carter.

Obama Nominates Ashton Carter To Lead Defense Department

December 5, 2014
Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter holds a press conference on the final day of his visit to Delhi, India, Sept. 18, 2013. (Glenn Fawcett/ Department of Defense)

The president has nominated a former deputy defense secretary to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Landrieu Loss Predicted In Louisiana Senate Race

December 5, 2014
Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy wait for the start of their final debate for the Senate election runoff in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

After 18 years in office, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is expected to lose to Congressman Bill Cassidy in tomorrow’s runoff election.

Would Infrastructure Spending Boost Jobs Even Further?

December 5, 2014
The Left Coast Lifter, one of the world's largest floating cranes, is put in position in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River on October 6, 2014. The super crane was brought over from California to aid in the replacement of Tappan Zee Bridge and construction of the New New York Bridge that connects Rockland and Westchester counties. (Jim Alcorn/Getty Images)

David Kelly of JP Morgan Funds discusses how federal spending on infrastructure would affect the economy.

Putin Warns Of Hard Times Ahead For Russia

December 4, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during his annual address to the Federal council (the two houses of the Russian parliament) at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 4, 2014. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

In his annual address, President Putin urged self reliance and accused Western governments of trying to raise a new iron curtain.

DOJ Investigating An ‘American Problem’ In New York, Ferguson And Cleveland

December 4, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department December 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. about the recent decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Department of Justice is investigating three high-profile cases of fatal shootings of black males by white police officers.

For Japanese Airbag Maker, Pressure Mounts To Expand Recall

December 3, 2014
Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of global quality assurance at Takata, left, joined by Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, right, appear before the House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Takata Corp. defied the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's demand for a nationwide recall of driver's side air bags, setting the stage for possible legal action by the government and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Takata took a defiant stand against lawmakers today, refusing to expand a recall on its airbags.

Military Analyst: Obama's Foreign Policy Initiatives Have ‘All Failed’

December 3, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walks down the Pentagon steps to great New Zealand Minister of Defense Gerry Brownlee during a honor cordon at the Pentagon, November 24, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama announced that he accepted Hagel's resignation. Hagel plans to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Andrew Bacevich says “what I see is an administration that is content to manage the quagmire that we’ve managed to get ourselves into.”

NATO Foreign Ministers Consider Afghanistan Mission

December 2, 2014
From left, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah make a statement prior to a meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on December 1, 2014, on the eve of a foreign ministers meeting. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Now that the combat mission is ending, NATO foreign ministers are plotting a new course in Afghanistan.

House Cross-Examines Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

December 2, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

The homeland security secretary appeared before a House panel today to defend the president’s executive action on immigration.

Leaders Of Hong Kong Protests Call For End To Demonstrations

December 2, 2014
Pro-democracy activists Benny Tai (center) attends a press conference with Chan Kin-man (left) and Chu Yiu-ming (right) in Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. The three original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement tearfully announced they would 'surrender' by turning themselves into police and urged protesters still on the streets to retreat. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

The three founders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central pro-democracy movement say they will turn themselves in to police.

Congress Faces Looming Budget Deadline

December 1, 2014
The Capitol Christmas Tree is set upright on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol November 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/AFP/Getty Images)

The government will shut down on December 11th unless a new funding bill is passed.

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