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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan leaves after a House Republican conference meeting Wednesday at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Rep. Ryan said he is open to run for Speaker of the House if the GOP will unify behind him. Republicans in the House of Representatives are slowly preparing to anoint Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as the speaker. Comment?
Pope Francis speaks to bishops during the midday prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The pope will make a stop in Philadelphia this weekend. When Mark Zajak's wife heard a friend of a friend got $20,000 to rent out her place the week Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia, the couple decided to list their house on Craigslist and Airbnb. Comment?
Demonstrators protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement outside the Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Senate today is expected to give final approval for a bill that gives the president fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Comment?
NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the history of how Cuba ended up on the state-sponsored terrorism list with William LeoGrande, professor of government at American University and co-author of the book Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana . Comment?
Something rare is happening in the world of ballet: At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., two African-American dancers will be the leads in The Washington Ballet's production of Swan Lake : Misty Copeland , soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will dance the dual role of Odette and Odile, while Brooklyn Mack of The Washington Ballet will dance Prince Siegfried. Copeland and Mack have something in common that is also rare for young African-Americans: teachers who saw their potential early on and broke the unwritten rule that all ballet dancers must look alike. Comment?
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