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.
Reporter Nguyen Qui Duc reflects on Barak Obama's election victory and the ending of the Vietnam era. And we close our program with a new arrangement of a traditional song from Vietnam. It's performed by jazz guitarist Nguyen Le and singer Huong Thanh.
The efforts to avert the fiscal cliff started slowly but took on urgency over the past 72 hours. All signs point to a broad outline of a deal being reached, but it remains unclear whether both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will be able to vote on it before the night is over.
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.