The Latest: September 2012

Business / Economy / Financial
Bank of America Agrees to Settle Charges Over Merrill Purchase

If approved, the settlement would represent the largest of its kind to come out of the financial crisis. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Lessons & Losses: A Discussion of Week Two’s Artifacts

We released four more "Artifacts of Character" this week, looking back at Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's early debates -- and losses, and at the lessons they taught others. Now, a small group of the country's leading journalists covering the candidates weigh in on this week's artifacts. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Eight: Romney Takes On Kennedy

Time was running out for Mitt Romney on Oct. 25, 1994. With Election Day fast approaching, a once-close Senate race seemed to be slipping away. (read more »)

Education
A Changing of the Guard at Houston’s Disciplinary School

After 15 years of pioneering a private model of disciplining public school students -- and arousing persistent controversy from Florida to Texas -- Community Education Partners (CEP), one of the nation's largest private education firms, says it is closing its doors. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Seven: Obama’s First Big Loss

He may be a skilled orator now, but Obama's performance in some of his early debates wasn't so impressive. (read more »)

Education
How “Private Schools” Help Lower Texas’ Dropout Numbers

Students can get a high school diploma for a few hundred bucks and an online exam. (read more »)

Education
What Happened to Marcus?

When the school year began again, Marcus came back to Sharpstown. He had thrown away all of his school uniform polo shirts at the end of last school year, in a fit of frustration. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Adelson: My Casino Is Being Investigated Because I Oppose Obama

Sheldon Adelson told "Politico" his company, Las Vegas Sands, is being targeted because of his political activity. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on Syria’s Foreign Fighters

Jihadi fighters who go to Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan have to cross many hurdles, dodging intelligence agents and changing … Continue reading (read more »)

Inside FRONTLINE
FRONTLINE’s Site Wins General Excellence for Online Journalism Award

The Online News Association selected FRONTLINE for its 2012 General Excellence Award for Online Journalism for small websites this weekend. … Continue reading (read more »)

Education
Live Chat Wed. 2 P.M. ET: Inside America’s Dropout Epidemic

Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so … Continue reading (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Six: Mitt Romney on the “Businesses” of Life

In a 1978 talk at Harvard Business School, Mitt Romney aimed to teach young Mormon students how lessons from the business world can also apply to personal pursuits, and a path to self-improvement. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Five: In the Classroom with Professor Obama

Notes from a former student in Obama's constitutional law class at the University of Chicago reveal an energetic, nuanced thinker. (read more »)

Education
By the Numbers: Dropping Out of High School

How costly is the decision to dropout of high school? Consider a few figures about life without a diploma. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Obama/Romney “Artifacts of Character” Discussion – Week 1

Join a group of the country's leading journalists covering the presidential candidates for a discussion of this week's "Artifacts of Character," beginning at approximately 11:30 am. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Four: When Mitt Romney Bet on Staples (Video)

In the lead-up to The Choice 2012, FRONTLINE’s hotly anticipated dual biography of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we’re publishing … Continue reading (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Three: Listen to Obama Make the Case for Activism

Obama had long been passionate about making a difference, helping others. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Interactive Map: The Battle for Syria

The mass protests that began in the rural farming town of Dara’a in March 2011 have since spiraled into nationwide war. Rebels have won control over much of the nation’s countryside, and taken key neighborhoods in several important cities, including Aleppo, and the capital, Damascus. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
New Full-Length Trailer: “The Choice 2012”

Come Nov. 6, voters are going to have two very different candidates to choose from in Barack Obama and Mitt … Continue reading (read more »)

Biographies
Child Abuse Concerns Spur Federal Takeover at North Dakota Indian Reservation

The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Monday that it will take control of social services on a North Dakota reservation, … Continue reading (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Two: Mitt Romney Protesting the Protesters

At Stanford, Mitt Romney took an early step toward establishing his political identity. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact One: Barack Obama’s Early Poetry

As a sophomore at Occidental College, Barry Obama began to develop his identity as a writer. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Syria’s Shocking Civilian Death Toll

August was the deadliest month since the Syrian rebellion began a year-and a-half ago — and more deadly for civilians than the bloodiest months in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as the recent uprisings in the Middle East. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
U.S. Slams BP for “Gross Negligence” in Gulf Oil Spill

In a scathing memo submitted last week to the New Orleans court that will hear the case, government attorneys write that their investigation unmasked a "culture of corporate recklessness" at the British oil giant. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
U.S. Pressures Pakistan on Mumbai Terror Group

The Obama administration's decision to designate the leadership of Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba group as terrorists last week sends a pointed, if largely symbolic, message to a Pakistani government that remains unable or unwilling to crack down on the extremist organization. (read more »)

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