So far, 10 senators have announced that they will retire at the end of of their terms rather than seek reelection. With the 2012 campaigns not far off, the departures of these seven Democrats (well, one is an Independent, technically) and three Republicans are shaking things up. Here's how.
With Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appearing to be headed out of office, it’s likely he has thought about where he’d head next if he’s forced out of the country as well as the presidency. Ousted world leaders have a history of slipping away to other countries and living a life of relative anonymity and leisure in exile. If President Mubarak joins the ranks of those who fled their countries to live out the rest of their days elsewhere, where will he go? Some of his predecessors’ choices could give some guidance.
If e-books were the new family on the block in 2010, they’re putting down roots and settling in for good in 2011. Here are five reasons why you can be sure that e-books are here to stay.
As former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says in his new memoir, "Known and Unknown," he is not one for wrestling with remorse. “Never much of a handwringer,” he writes. When Mr. Rumsfeld does share moments of decisionmaking doubt, he tends to emphasize the role that “others” played in leading him or the American public astray. Throughout the memoir, Rumsfeld is not averse to settling some old scores. Here are five mistakes that Rumsfeld acknowledges having made, and the people he wishes would get blamed right along with him.
Among the demands of Egyptian protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, one of the most central is constitutional reform that will prevent a repeat of the concentration of power achieved under President Hosni Mubarak. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Feb. 8 that a committee had been formed to discuss constitutional reforms necessary for free and fair elections, but many protesters are wary that the reforms will be only superficial. Below are a few of the constitutional provisions that have served to limit Egypt’s opposition and cement the government’s power.
Coming off the most-watched Super Bowl of all time, reality is about to hit football fans hard. Owners and players must agree to a new collective-bargaining agreement by March 4, or the owners will lock out the players, essentially suspending pro football indefinitely. Behind the NFL's recent success are stark concerns. Here are five of the most important sticking points to be overcome to avoid the league's first labor-related work stoppage since 1987.
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Donald Rumsfeld has a new book out, called “Known and Unknown.” The ex-secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush has been out on the chat circuit talking up the book, as authors do. Here are five things we learned from the memoir and/or Donald Rumsfeld interviews.
The South Sudan referendum ended with an overwhelming vote for independence – 99.57 percent of those polled voted for it – and put the region officially on track to become independent in July. How often is a country born? (Or wrested from territory of an already existing one?) Here’s a look at five of the most recent declarations of independence:
Lovely pictures and deft prose bring history to life for young readers first encountering the Civil Rights movement, Gullah heritage, the Underground Railroad, and other chapters of the African American experience.
The Darth Vader Super Bowl commercial made six-year-old Max Page an advertising wunderkind even before the public had seen his face. As the pint-sized Darth Vader in the VW ad, Max became an Internet phenomenon for using "The Force," or trying to. The Super Bowl commercial went viral on the Internet in the run-up to the big game. Since the Super Bowl, Max has gotten even more attention. On Monday's "Today" show, he took off his Vader mask, letting America see his face. Here's a look at Max and five other child actors who starred in ads. Can you guess which of the five made the big time?
From gritty memoir to evocative fiction, these stories offer powerful lessons about race in America.
Super Bowl commercials have become a mini-film festival, keeping the less-than-diehard football fans in front of the tube. But this year’s top spots are singled out for their misses as much as their hits.
American's 40th president, Ronald Reagan, would have turned 100 on Sunday. He presided during the last legs of the cold war and argued for smaller government. As much of the US political world notes the centennial of his birth, here are 10 things that define Reagan, and through which, he helped define the world.
You don't have to wait until Sunday. Many companies are already airing their Super Bowl 2011 commercials days before the Big Event. The goal is to create a pre-game buzz around their ads. Check out our favorites, so far.
Each of these novels – in its own way – is a classic. All six fearlessly explore different dimensions of what it means to be black in America.
In a short month packed with long, cool nights, what better diversion than a good book? Here are three February releases we think you will like.
New York City lawmakers voted Feb. 2, 2011 to ban smoking outdoors in public parks, public beaches, and even Times Square. The Big Apple is the latest major US city to prohibit smoking in parks and other public spaces, adopting laws that are tougher than its home state's. Such laws are a boon to public health and reduce litter in urban parks, say supporters. Critics say they are yet another instance of "big government" encroachment on personal freedoms and are almost impossible to enforce. In all, almost 500 cities, counties, and towns have banned smoking in public parks. Here are five big cities that have done so.
The groundhog may have seen his shadow yesterday, but for those of us enduring a blizzard a week spring still seems a distant prospect. So instead of fighting winter, why not embrace it? Here are six inspiring reads to remind all of us of the awesome beauty – and perilous power – of the season.
We're fast approaching the day when the Verizon iPhone goes on sale, and many people – especially AT&T customers – are wondering if it's worth it. While every situation is unique, here are a few reasons why you might want to stick with AT&T.
Those who said that "winds of change" were blowing through the Middle East were right. The past few weeks have seen a series of political shifts in response to widespread discontent and popular opposition that once went unacknowledged. On Friday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ceded to protesters in Cairo and stepped down. As Egyptians' cries, first of anger and now of jubilation, beam into living rooms throughout the Middle East, here is a look at where those "winds of change" are taking us. (Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story that originally ran on Feb. 2)
As unrest continues to swell in Egypt, books about the country are suddenly turning into hot reads. Not too surprisingly, the release date of "The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times" by Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel laureate and protest leader, has been moved up to April 26. While waiting for "The Age of Deception," here are five other recommended books about Egypt.
Americans in 33 states from Oklahoma to Massachusetts are now dealing with a highly dangerous winter storm that will dump a combination of snow and ice on roads, houses and power lines. A significant amount of the precipitation is expected to be ice either in the form of freezing rain – rain that freezes on contact with the ground – or ice pellets, such as sleet. Experts say these are five things you can do to cope with the storm:
Punxsutawney Phil has been prognosticating about when spring will come since the 1880s, and he's developed quite a legend in the meantime. Here are five Punxsutawney Phil tidbits you may not have heard ahead of Groundhog Day 2011.
You may think of yourself as technologically savvy, but if you're using your smartphone only to make calls, check your email, surf the Web, manage your schedule, take photos, shoot video, listen to music, watch movies, navigate via GPS, play video games, and update your Twitter and Facebook statuses, then you're really nothing more than a Luddite. Here are 10 uses for smartphones that can help bring your backward lifestyle into the 21st century.