For 48 hours, the grass on the National Mall disappeared underneath a million white and grey “bones,” a symbolic mass grave on the footsteps of the U.S. Capitol. The One Million Bones project is a public art installation created to protest genocide and raise awareness of ongoing violence.
Poet Richard Blanco is the first Hispanic and openly gay man to read the inaugural poem during a presidential inauguration. Like President Obama in his inaugural address, Blanco used poetry to emphasize the unity of the nation, the diversity of America’s people and the hard work that is part of the American ethic. Continue reading
A deadly bombing shattered buildings in Norway’s capital of Oslo Friday before a gunman dressed as a police officer opened fire at a nearby youth camp. Police believe the attacks are related. Independent Television News’ Bill Neely reports on the latest developments. Continue reading
Wisconsin public employees continued another week of protests as Gov. Scott Walker presented his budget plan for the coming year to the state Assembly. Jeffrey Brown talks with Harley Shaiken of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards about public- vs. private-sector benefits and pay. Continue reading
Indiana lawmakers followed their Wisconsin counterparts’ example by leaving the state to halt a bill that would curb the influence of labor unions. Gwen Ifill talks to reporters in New Jersey, Indiana and Ohio, where state budget deficits are going head-to-head with the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Continue reading
Thousands of demonstrators have descended on Wisconsin’s Capitol building this week to protest a bill that would strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights. On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers left the state in an attempt to stall voting on the bill proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Continue reading
Jesse J. Holland, author of “Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History in and around Washington, D.C.” reflects on the poignancy of Barack Obama’s inauguration in a city that was built partially by slaves. Continue reading