In the Great Budget Debate, Democrats and Republicans are closer than you might think. Neither is proposing a balanced budget any time soon; both peddle soothing myths to convince supporters that they’re upholding either “liberal” or “conservative” values.
Amber Lynn Costello had been in the sex trade since she was 17. Last September she booked a date for $1,500 and headed out into the night. She never came back. The inside story of a serial-killer victim’s final hours.
Steve Inskeep, a veteran National Public Radio correspondent, is calling from Cairo, having just visited a 23-year-old man with welts on his back who says the Egyptian Army tortured him. “That, to me, is a real story,” he says.
After the disaster trifecta in Japan--quake, tsunami, nuclear crisis--Californians are asking if they might be next. The state's two reactors sit near seismic faults, tsunamis are a risk, and evacuation plans are iffy. Did someone say 'prepared'?