The call for filibuster reform continues on Capitol Hill. Several Democratic Senators are thinking of going for mandatory change after more judicial and executive branch nominations were blocked by Republicans. Robert Siegel speaks with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, about the need for filibuster change and reform, including the so-called nuclear option.
President Obama bestowed the highest civilian award on an array of stars Monday. The 16 recipients of the Medal of Freedom — from former President Bill Clinton to country singer Loretta Lynn, from feminist Gloria Steinem and legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith to Judge Patricia Wald — assembled at the White House.
The Senate is debating rival plans on how to prosecute cases of sexual assault in the military. The problem is vast: 26,000 military sexual assaults last year, with only 3,000 reported and 300 going to trial. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have competing proposals for dealing with the issue.
China says it is sending a state-of-the art hospital ship to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. The move follows widespread criticism that China's first response to the disaster was stingy. China - the world's second-largest economy - initially pledged a total of just $200,000, less than a tenth of what the furniture chain Ikea pledged.
Aside from technological problems that have plagued the roll out of the federal health exchange, some smaller technical problems with the Affordable Care Act have also emerged — things like unclear definitions and legislative language that have unintended consequences and remain unfixed. Once upon a time, after Congress passed a mega-bill, it followed with "technical corrections" to fix definitions, numbers, funds, minor policy fixes. But that's not so easy in these dysfunctional days, when Republicans want to repeal the health law and Democrats fear re-opening a can of worms.
Delegates to the U.N. climate change conference in Poland from many of the world's poorer nations are asking wealthier countries to pay compensation to the impoverished countries bearing the brunt of climate change. Melissa Block talks to Munjurul Hannan Khan, negotiator and spokesman for the Least Developed Countries Group about the tensions between rich and poor countries.
China says it is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. The move follows widespread criticism that China's first response to the disaster was stingy. China — the world's second-largest economy — initially pledged a total of just $200,000, less than a tenth of what the furniture chain Ikea pledged.