It seems like hardly a month goes by without seeing celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred on television. This week, Allred was in the news again, representing one of presidential candidate Herman Cain's sexual harassment accusers. Her bold use of media to call attention to her clients' causes has earned the respect of some, but the irritation of others. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates has a profile.
This week, Ohio voters soundly rejected Gov. John Kasich's plan to scale back collective bargaining rights for public employees. The vote was a big victory for labor; in particular, it showed how important the nation's teachers unions have become beyond the classroom. Teachers groups are mobilizing like never before — because they face threats to their very existence.
Reggae music and the island of Jamaica are inseparable, right? Lately, a crop of artists from places like Hawaii, California and Italy are proving that hit reggae can come from anywhere. In the process, they're raising some complex questions about culture and ownership.
There's a new generation of reggae artists with two things in common: They're not from the birthplace of reggae music, and they are enormously successful.
Then-Vice President Richard Nixon arrives in Chicago for the 1960 Republican National Convention with his wife, Pat, and his daughters Patricia (left) and Julie (right). Mrs. Nixon was known for her ever-present smile and well-groomed appearance.
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Ann Beattie is also the author of Chilly Scenes of Winter, Love Always and Distortions.
Aside from being the wife of one of the most well-known politicians in recent American history, Pat Nixon is mostly a mystery. Throughout crisis and scandal, she somehow managed to remain a private public figure.
Jordan's King Abdullah II prepares to address parliament on Oct. 26. Like other Arab monarchs, the king has introduced limited changes in response to the uprisings in the Arab world this year.
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI votes in Rabat, Morocco, on July 1. The king took part in a referendum on the new constitution that was overwhelmingly approved. It introduced limited changes, but kept the king firmly in control.
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, shown here in 2010, has sent troops to neighboring Bahrain and spent large sums at home in an attempt to limit popular unrest.
Three Arab autocrats who ruled their countries for decades have been ousted from power this year, and others are in danger of being overthrown. Yet no king or emir has suffered such a fate.
Protests have taken place in countries ruled by monarchs, including Bahrain, which had widespread demonstrations last spring. And after protests in Morocco and Jordan, the kings offered up limited political changes that have, at least for now, staved off any real threat to their rule.
A woman outside the Hudba el-Gassi compound in Tripoli, Libya, holds up a sign asking, "Where's my father?" Once a military police base, Hudba el-Gassi is now a makeshift prison for regime loyalists and others rounded up by armed militiamen.
In the new Libya, uncertainty is the one certainty.
Contradictions and conspiracies proliferate faster than street demonstrations now that the iron fist of dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime has been lifted.
Among those searching for answers are relatives of prisoners locked away by various revolutionary military councils. Some of the prisoners are former Gadhafi loyalists with blood on their hands. But family members say others were seized for motives of revenge.