Many Americans Thursday left their car keys, and their cars, at home and took advantage of public transportation. It’s national “Dump the Pump Day.” Its purpose is to show commuters there are alternatives to driving and high gas prices. Melissa Gross with Richmond Transit says ridership on the four year-old bus system continues to pick up.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Moammar Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, said in an effort to end the conflict in Libya, his father was willing to hold elections as early as three months from now.
Rep. Anthony Weiner couldn't exit the scene fast enough for Democrats and didn't.
Initially after the scandal of his lewd tweets to at least six young women broke, he said he wasn't quitting. Then with increasing pressure for his resignation, he appeared to try to buy time by letting it be known that he was entering rehab.
In the end, however, he was only able to get two weeks past Memorial Day weekend when the scandal went public before the pressure became so irresistible that he would be forced on Thursday to announce his resignation.
Following increasing pressure by Democratic leaders to step down, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is expected to announce his resignation today. Host Michel Martin discusses the circumstances around Weiner's resignation with NPR congressional correspondent David Welna. Martin also speaks with ProEthics president and founder Jack Marshall about the ethical questions raised by the social media scandal.
Mary Mary has reigned over the gospel scene for more than a decade. Their uplifting lyrics and blend of different genres have propelled them to national stardom. Host Michel Martin speaks with sisters Erica and Tina Campbell about their life, passion for the word of God and new album "Something Big."
A fatwa, a religious edict announced by clerics in Saudi Arabia, prohibit women from driving. A social media campaign calls for Saudi women to defy the ban and hit the road on Friday. Host Michel Martin discusses the 'Women-2-Drive' campaign with Hala Aldosari, a Saudi blogger who is part of the campaign, and Ali Alyami, executive director of the U.S.-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. His group is leading a 'driving protest' in Washington D.C. on Friday.
It has been nearly two years since President Ali Bongo Ondimba of the Central African nation of Gabon took over the country his father ruled for four decades. Despite winning in democratically-held elections, he has been accused of violating human rights and siphoning off profits from the country's oil industry. Host Michel Martin speaks with President Bongo Ondimba about these accusations, his meeting with President Obama, and some of the misconceptions Americans have about Gabon.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky questions a proposed hospital merger announced this week. The partnership involves University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Lexington’s Saint Joseph Health System. Catholic Health Initiatives is giving $320 million to support the new network. A Health Initiative spokesman says the system will not provide reproductive health services that are inconsistent with the church’s ethical and religious directives.