The monthly jobs report released Friday morning was a disappointment. Economists were expecting 200,000 new jobs. Employers actually added just 74,000. The unemployment rate did fall to 6.7 percent, but it was mainly because many people dropped out of the labor force.
No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. His teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and '70s. They accomplished a run of 10 NCAA championships in 12 seasons and an 88-game winning streak — records that stand to this day. Seth Davis, a writer for Sports Illustrated, speaks to Robert Siegel about his biography of Coach Wooden.
Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and The Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, for the latest in political news. They discuss the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of war on poverty and the state of income inequality in the country today. Also, they take on the political repercussions for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after recent revelations that his staffers orchestrated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the best-selling The Secret Life of Bees, takes on both slavery and feminism in her novel The Invention of Wings. It's a story told by two women: Hetty, a slave, seeks her freedom, while Sarah, her reluctant owner, rebels against her family to become an abolitionist.
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are the Baseball Hall of Fame's newest inductees. Last year, baseball writers pointedly left some of the biggest stars off the list due to links with performance-enhancing drugs, and this year has been no different. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were again denied induction.
Al-Qaida has gained control in an area where 1,300 U.S. troops lost their lives during the Iraq War. Troops who came home are now wondering whether it was all in vain, the Arizona Republican says. He says the total withdrawal of troops from Iraq left a vacuum that's being filled by America's enemies.
The New York Times' new Web redesign includes "native advertising": articles written by people working for the paper's advertisers. BuzzFeed and other outlets have already embraced the ads, but critics say the lines between paid and original content are sometimes just too blurry.
Syria's civil war keeps getting more complicated. In the latest twist, fractious rebel groups have united to fight extremists linked to al-Qaida. Both sides oppose the Syrian government, but for now they are pointing their guns at each other and a nasty battle is taking place in the northern city of Raqqa.
Residents of Martin County, Ky., where President Johnson traveled to promote his War on Poverty in 1964, say they need jobs more than government aid. Coal mines are shutting down, and many local college grads say they have to leave the county if they want to make a living.
The Obama administration wants public school officials to rethink how they discipline and punish students who misbehave. In the mid-1990s, states put in place harsh "zero-tolerance" policies in response to a rise in violence, bullying, drug use and school shootings. But studies show that too often kids are being punished just as harshly for minor offenses. Black, Latino and disabled students are disproportionately affected. Now the departments of Education and Justice are issuing new guidelines to help schools re-evaluate their disciplinary policies.
Al-Jazeera America reporter Jamie Tarabay interviewed Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen in his home last spring. It was published in The Atlantic last August. Gulen is a Turkish spiritual leader to millions of Turks, both in Turkey and around the world, and the head of the Gulen movement. His network of followers spans the globe, and it has opened academically-focused schools in 90 countries, including the U.S. Robert Siegel speaks with Tarabay about the interview.
Turkey's ruling AK Party teamed up with the powerful Gulen movement over a decade ago to strip the country's secular military elite of its political clout. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan strengthened his hold on power with years of controversial legal proceedings that landed generals and their allies in jail. But now that an AKP-Gulen feud is erupting into the headlines, some of those convicted generals are calling for re-trials, claiming that the pro-Gulen prosecutors fabricated evidence. Prime Minister Erdogan, whose government is under attack from those same prosecutors, says that the generals might be right — or, at least entitled to new trials. Will this feud lead to a military rehabilitation?
The diplomatic dispute between the U.S. and India over allegations of visa fraud continued on Wednesday. U.S. prosecutors plan to indict an Indian diplomat on charges that she lied on a visa application for her domestic servant; the diplomat denies the allegations. The Indian government has objected to the way the matter has been handled and has introduced a number of restrictions on the activities of U.S. diplomats in India.
An email thread released Wednesday is raising more questions about whether lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge as political payback. The emails indicate that top officials in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration are involved in the closures — motivated more by politics than a traffic study, as originally claimed.