Washington is no longer demanding that Pakistan launch a military offensive against the Haqqani network which is based along the Afghan border. Instead, the U.S. wants Pakistan to supply intelligence on the militants and get them to the negotiating table.
The political drama in Greece now turns to who will govern that economically troubled country. Prime Minister George Papandreou has vowed to the opposition's demand that he step down to make way for a coalition government. The idea is that a government of national unity can steer Greece through austerity measures and save a bailout deal that's widely seen as the country's last chance. The new premiere is expected to be named today. Joanna Kakissis joined us from Athens with the latest. Good morning.
In less than two months, the first caucuses and primaries of the 2012 presidential election season will be held. And in just under two weeks, a congressional Supercommittee is due to deliver one-point-two trillion dollars in cuts and revenue to reduce the deficit.
Two top Penn State officials charged with covering up allegations of a child sex abuse scandal have stepped down after Sunday's emergency meeting of the university's Board of Trustees. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.
In Liberia, the second round of the presidential election is set for Tuesday. The incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, came out ahead in the first round. She was to face former Justice Minister Winston Tubman, but he has withdrawn. The development raises questions about the election's legitimacy.
The Book Club Play, revamped by author Karen Zacarías as part of her residency in the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, is a comedy about life, love and literature.The cast, from left, included Eric Messner, Kate Eastwood Norris, Tom Story, Ashlie Atkinson and Rachael Holmes.
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Amy Freed is the author of Beard of Avon and Restoration Comedy; her play Freedomland was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
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Arena's new Kogod Cradle — one of the newest and warmest theater spaces in D.C. — is a 200-seat house designed to provide a venue for new plays.
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Zacarías, the founder of the D.C.-based Young Playwrights' Theater, is the author of Mariela in the Desert, which won the prestigious Francesca Primus Prize in 2006.
A reporter once asked the late playwright Robert Anderson, author of I Never Sang for My Father, if he could make a living writing for the theater. His reply: "You can make a killing, but not a living."
True enough: For the playwright who hasn't had a hit on Broadway, making a living can be tough. But Arena Stage, a major theater in Washington, D.C., wants to change all that.
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Shares of the daily deal company Groupon hit the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday after an IPO raised about $700 million. The company has been dogged by investor concerns over management and questions about its accounting methods.
The butcher shop R.J. Balson and Son began selling sausages and bacon in 1535 when Henry VIII was king and still married to Anne Boleyn. Twenty-five generations later, owner Richard Balson tells the Daily Mail his son will join the business next year — and that son has a son too.