A new book throws out the conventional wisdom about the Bush White House. To give you an example, it quotes one source who calls Bush the "undisputed alpha male." The book: Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.
A battle has begun in Iraq for control of the city of Tikrit: Saddam Hussein’s hometown. ISIS has held it since June last year, and now government forces are trying to take it back. But there are concerns that Shiite militias might seek vengeance for ISIS atrocities.
Between them, Randy Kaplan and Zoltan Marian have collected more than 2000 autographs of heads of states, royals and popes. They share a kind of ethical code, but differ when it comes to who will they include in their collections.
An Iraqi-American named Shakir Hamoodi used to run a gourmet food market in Missouri. Now he's in a federal prison. He's charged with sending money to his relatives in Iraq in the 90s, violating US sanctions. His family is now petitioning President Obama.
Iraqis voted Wednesday in parliamentary elections. Voters held up fingers dipped in purple ink to show they had voted, as they did in previous elections in Iraq. The purple finger remains a symbol of hope.