The battle continues over the emergency contraceptive known as the morning-after pill, as the Justice Department announced it would appeal a federal ruling. A judge had ordered the age restriction be lifted so females of all ages could get the pill without a prescription. Jeffrey Brown talks with NPR’s Julie Rovner.
Congress broke for Christmas after conservative House Republicans spurned Speaker John Boehner’s so-called "Plan B" budget deal. Boeher’s plan would have raised tax rates for households making more than $1 million. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on efforts to resolve the fiscal crisis before the new year. Continue reading
Prospects for a budget agreement before Christmas looked slim as the House moved towards a vote on Speaker John Boehner’s plan for limiting tax increases by raising rates only for those making more than $1 million. Jeffrey Brown talks to Norman Ornstein of American Enterprise Institute and political editor Christina Bellantoni. Continue reading
In a very public disagreement Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blocked the Food and Drug Administration from allowing girls under 17 to buy the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription. Jeffrey Brown discusses the controversy with Rob Stein of The Washington Post. Continue reading
Chilean authorities have been hard at work on three plans for rescuing 33 miners who have been trapped underground since Aug. 5. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports on the mounting drama and excitement as the race to free the workers might be nearing an end. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration approved non-prescription use of the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B for women 18 years and older. The director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research explains the decision. Continue reading