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.
Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain are rumored to have engaged in a drinking contest in Estonia in 2004, and Reporter Gabriel Gatehouse checks out the rumor and names the winner--when it comes to drinking, that is.
Both Democrats and Republicans are unveiling new strategies to appeal to Latino voters in the presidential election. Monica Ortiz Uribe of the public radio collaboration Fronteras found a great example of that when she interviewed her own family members.
The White House has been picking up the pace of prisoner releases at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Still, actually emptying the prison and shutting down the facility will be difficult because Congress prohibits the transfer of Gitmo detainees to US soil.