After seven months of protests in Syria, the international community has stepped up economic pressure, and some of Syria's traditional allies have turned into critics.
Yet President Bashar Assad presses on with a relentless and bloody crackdown, and his government seems to be operating on its own timeline when it comes to the uprisings that have already toppled several Arab regimes.
The events in Syria suggest it's time for a reassessment of the Arab spring, according to Vali Nasr, a former U.S. government adviser and Middle East scholar at Tufts University.
Adam: When I say "Henry Shrapnel, Jules Leotard, Robert Bunsen," you think — what? Me: That they're inventors? Adam: No. Better than that. Each one has become immortal. They're nouns! Me: Is that a good thing, becoming a noun? ... Adam: Are you kidding? It's a wonderful thing. A thing to sing about. Me: You're going to sing? Adam: If I may ...
As best as I know, I own the distinction of being the first human being to call our national attention to a linguistic phenomenon.
This was back in 1972, in an article in Sports Illustrated about Robyn Smith, who was then the best female jockey in the land. Smith referred to married couples as "you guys." I was so bemused that someone might actually refer to a woman as a guy that I felt obliged to mention it in the piece.
In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Pakistan's foreign minister said her country and the United States "need each other" and "are fighting against the same people" but "Pakistan's dignity must not be compromised."
Increasingly visible, the number of gay Americans telling the U.S. census they're living with same-sex partners nearly doubled in the past decade to about 650,000, and more than 130,000 same-sex households recorded themselves as husband or wife.
Seven former and current students from a prestigious New York high school have been arrested for allegedly running an SAT cheating ring.
The Nassau County district attorney announced today that Samuel Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old Emory University student, took the SAT exam for at least six John L. Miller Great Neck North High School students. Each one of those students paid Eshaghoff between $1,500 and $2,500. Eshagoff graduated from Great Neck in 2010.
In a move that's bound to stress Israeli-Palestinian relations further, Israel's Interior Ministry announced it would allow 1,100 Israeli homes to be built in East Jerusalem. Palestinians want that area as the capital of their future state.
Reporting from Jerusalem, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro filed this report:
The homes will be built in Gilo, a huge east Jerusalem settlement. The United Nations and the European Union criticized the move today restating their position that settlement activity is illegal under international law.