As Congress rushed to get spending bills passed before lawmakers went home for the holidays, unrelated riders gave gifts to mining and fossil fuel companies. And one of them comes at the expense of the environment and Native Americans.
South Africans are ecstatic about Barack Obama's success in the presidential election. But as Rhoda Metcalfe reports from Capetown, there's also admiration for a system where the losing candidate admits defeat so graciously.
Republican and Democrat senators introduced a bipartisan plan on Monday for immigration reform. The legislation, they say, will create a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, sanction employers who hire undocumented workers and increase border security.
The leak of the report warning of failure in Afghanistan is certain to add fuel to the debate over the future of the US mission there. Anchor Marco Werman discusses the political situation with Richard Fontaine, a former foreign policy adviser.
When Senator John Kerry was named U.S. secretary of state, it opened a vacancy in the Senate. Now, with a special election approaching, campaigning is ramping up. The Republicans, seeing how vulnerable they were among Latinos last November, have chosen a candidate who could be straight out of central casting.