Rhoda Alexander checks the news online after reading the print newspaper in her apartment at Sunrise Assisted Living in Washington, D.C. "The truth of the matter is the newspaper and computer are my lifeline. They’re my legs," she says. Ann Hermes/Staff
Susan Stine, an American University international studies major. says, "I get an e-mail every day from The New York Times.... Why would I get the paper? [I]t’s big and bulky and there are no links – nothing to click on if I want more." Ann Hermes/Staff
American University International Studies Junior, Susan Stine, check the news online in her campus housing in Washington, DC, on Friday, April 22, 2011. Stine check the news on her laptop frequently throughout the day and reads the print edition of The New York Times before bed every night. Ann Hermes/Staff
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, two smart phone users are as plugged into the news as they would be at a desk or TV. Alfredo Sosa/Staff
Commuters waiting for a subway train in Cambridge, Mass., check an iPhone (l.) and a Kindle e-reader (r.) . Brian Snyder/Reuters
A bicyclist stops to examine today's newspaper front pages with the late Elizabeth Taylor obituary in print in front of the Newseum in Washington, March 24. Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose violet eyes, tumultuous love life and passion for diamonds epitomized Hollywood glamour, died on March 23 at age 79. The star of 'Cleopatra' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles surrounded by family after a long battle with congestive heart failure that sent her to the hospital six weeks ago. Hyungwon Kang/Reuters
Trucks deliver The Christian Science Monitor to the airport where they are flown all over the country for delivery. The Christian Science Monitor/File
Neither President Assad nor his father ever had an electoral challenger – until this year. But any opposition candidate is likely to be a strawman put up to give the vote legitimacy.
Kristin Solberg, Correspondent /
April 14, 2014
Omar Sanadiki / Reuters
Everywhere you look in central Damascus, you see President Bashar al-Assad's face: thoughtful on the T-shirt of a soldier, smiling on a wall, hidden behind sunglasses in a traffic circle. A casual observer might think he is the only candidate in the upcoming presidential election, as he has always been – until this year.