Rundown 11/15

Lame Duck Congress Faces Heap Of Unfinished Business

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif.  (AP)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. (AP)

As more than 100 mainly Republican freshmen lawmakers arrive to be trained, current lawmakers must decide on who will lead them and whether to extend expiring unemployment benefits and Bush-era tax cuts. We speak with Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC News and host of ABCNews.com's "Top Line" political webcast.

For-profit Colleges Target Veterans

For-profit colleges are increasingly recruiting veterans, and are taking in a large portion of the billions of dollars in federal grants and loans allotted to this group.  One of the for-profit colleges most aggressively recruiting is Kaplan, which owns 75 colleges and the online Kaplan University. Kaplan is also part of the Washington Post Company.   Bloomberg News editor-at-large Dan Golden joins us to explain why Kaplan is facing investigations and four whistleblower lawsuits accusing the company of deceptive practices.

As U.S. Pressures Israel On Settlements, What Are Israelis Saying?

Palestinian men work on a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. (AP)
Palestinian men work on a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. (AP)

The U.S. is offering diplomatic and security incentives to Israel in an attempt to persuade the country's leaders to renew settlement limits and get back to peace talks with the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented the proposal to his cabinet Sunday, but there's resistance from parts of his right-wing coalition.  What are Israelis saying about the settlements? Is there public debate about their legitimacy? And has the country's political left-wing lost clout in the argument? Wyre Davies of the BBC has the story.

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Guinta. (173rd Airborne Brigade Public Affairs)
Staff Sgt. Salvatore Guinta. (173rd Airborne Brigade Public Affairs)

Medal Of Honor Recipient Went Beyond The Call Of Duty

Tomorrow, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will be presented with the nation's highest military honor, the Medal Of Honor. Giunta is being honored for his bravery during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley in 2007. Major Dan Kearney, his commanding officer, joins to talk about what Sgt. Giunta did that night.

Iconic 1970s Author Releases Burst Of New Work

Author Ann Beattie (Sigrid Estrada)
Author Ann Beattie (Sigrid Estrada)

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Volcano Choir, "Sleepymouth"
  • Sonny Rollins, "Get Happy"
  • Dean and Britta, "Herringbone Tweed"
  • Dntel, "Last Songs"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Stolen Moments"
  • Mark O’ Connor String Quartet No. 3 “Old Time” performed by Mark O’Connor, Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, and Matt Haimovitz

This program aired on November 15, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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