Alex Trebek bounds across the blue-toned stage, past the giant board of clues, eager to take questions from the studio audience. It's somewhere around the 6,000th episode of "Jeopardy!" he has hosted, and interacting with the crowd, he says, is his favorite part of the job.
To the extent that the Obama administration has a strategy on the turmoil in Egypt, it seems, for now, to want to remain as neutral as possible. In the wake of escalating confrontations between protesters and riot police across most of Egypt, the White House announced Friday it was monitoring the situation closely and for most of the day refrained from making any statements that could potentially exacerbate the uproar.
The new White House spokesman, who is not part of Obama's Chicago-centric inner circle, takes on one of Washington's hardest jobs, just as the president pivots toward his reelection campaign.
State of the Union addresses are supposed to be heavy on the broad language and sweeping rhetoric about people and parties coming together. The actual work comes days and weeks later, of course, but the president's most-watched prime-time speech was designed to argue that America's brightest days lie ahead—if we make the right choices now.
Many groups provide opportunities for Americans, young and old, to help their communities, their country, and people in distant lands. Some outfits require specific expertise; others are just looking for committed people to assist a good cause. Following are five organizations that put helping hands to work.
A cheat sheet of issues that Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama are expected to talk about this week.
Washington is a city that loves to tweet—more than 200 members of Congress are avid users of Twitter, obsessively sharing their real-time thoughts on every legislative decision to pass through the House or Senate these days. And now the rage has spread to D.C.'s foreign diplomats.
Compared with the epically seismic U.N. climate summit last year in Copenhagen, this year's meeting in Cancún might end up a small, hardly noticed international event. That might be a good thing.
Clean and abundant, hydrogen is the fuel of the future—and always will be. Or so the joke goes. In California, for example, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger envisioned 100 auto-ready hydrogen stations along the coast. After five years, however, only a few dozen are in place, and enthusiasm—not to mention funding—has waned. Without a larger network, automakers won't commercialize hydrogen-ready cars. But without cars, few companies have been keen to invest in fueling stations—until now.
The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to impose strict new limits on smog-creating emissions like sulfur dioxide. The guidelines aren't due until next year, however, which has inspired a last-minute push for leniency in the coal-rich states of Appalachia.
A reflective president muses publicly about what the midterm victory for Republicans says about his agenda—and himself.