After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. Continue reading
In Oakland, California, a program called EMS Corps trains young men to become certified emergency medical technicians. Students with disadvantaged backgrounds get an intensive five-month course, as well as a powerful, new outlook on what they can do in life and for their neighborhoods. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports in collaboration with the NewsHour. Continue reading
A region of the Pacific Ocean that is home to thriving colonies of rare and endangered species will be protected as the world’s largest marine preserve, under an executive order by President Obama. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Institute about the importance of keeping the area undisturbed, as well as its historical precedent. Continue reading
Darrell West, the vice president and director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, has a new book that examines the increasing political activism of very rich donors. PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown sat down with West this week to discuss the book, “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.
The Cubs will close out the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field tonight when they play their last home game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals. When the lights go down on the field Wednesday, however, it will be more than the end of both a season and a century at the ballpark — it will also mark the end of a video-free era.
They are civil servants, and the recipients of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals; better known as the Sammies. On September 22, hundreds of federal leaders and employees gathered to honor these recipients. Two of the honorees sat down with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff to talk about their awards and the huge difference public service continues to make.
WASHINGTON — Envisioned in the 90s as crucial to U.S. military superiority in the next century — the sleek, radar-evading F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat. Never used in Afghanistan or Iraq, the Air Force’s newest fighter jet … Continue reading