JUDY WOODRUFF: Before we go, a word about a woman of firsts who died over the weekend.
Former congresswoman Lindy Boggs led an improbable life. Born Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne, she raised on Louisiana sugar and cotton plantations. She married a young lawyer who became a Democratic powerhouse in Washington.
The late Hale Boggs disappeared in an Alaska plane crash in 1972. A year after, she ran for his seat, became the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. She also became an outspoken advocate for equal rights for women and African-Americans.
She was the first woman to chair a national Democratic Convention, served as ambassador to the Vatican, and was a mother to three, including NPR, ABC, and former "NewsHour" congressional correspondent Cokie Roberts.
Lindy Boggs was 97.