The Latest: February 2013

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Is Kerry’s Syrian Aid Shift a Game Changer?

Earlier this week, Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of the Syrian opposition coalition, had no intention of meeting with leaders from the U.S. and Europe at today's "Friends of Syria" gathering in Rome. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Bradley Manning Offers ‘Naked Plea’

PFC Bradley Manning has plead guilty to 10 criminal charges related to the leak of more than 500,000 documents to WikiLeaks. (read more »)

Federal Officials Outline Efforts to Combat Abuse on N.D. Reservation

The Bureau of Indian Affairs detailed for the first time on Wednesday the efforts it's made to address concerns of child abuse on the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota. Some residents said it wasn't enough. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
10 Things You May Not Know About Waco

It's been 20 years to the day since the federal government began its siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. What really happened? (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Supreme Court Ruling a Blow for Future Financial Crisis Cases

The unanimous decision largely ensures no new civil fraud charges will come out of the crisis, now that five-year statute of limitations for such cases has nearly expired. (read more »)

The Surprising Way Obama Is Trying to Tackle Climate Change

When President Obama tried to push for legislation on climate change during his first term, he encountered such fierce political opposition that it quickly became clear Congress wouldn't be the avenue to reform. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Will the Supreme Court Lift Political Contribution Limits?

Alabama businessman and conservative activist Shaun McCutcheon donated $33,088 to 16 candidates during the 2012 election cycle, but he wanted to give much more. So he took his case to the courts. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Do We Still Need the Voting Rights Act?

An Alabama county says the civil rights-era law is outdated. It will make its case before the Supreme Court tomorrow. (read more »)

What’s Changed Since the BIA Took Over at Spirit Lake?

It's been five months since the federal government took over child services at a North Dakota reservation amid reports of unchecked child abuse. What's changed? (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
BP Facing Up to $17 Billion in Penalties in Civil Trial

The trial, which begins today, will determine whether the oil giant was "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Four Disturbing Questions About the Mumbai Terror Attack

Sebastian Rotella examines new information and materials about the Mumbai terror attacks. (read more »)

Social Issues
Who Was Adam Lanza? Live Chat Transcript

Join a live chat on “Raising Adam Lanza” with the film’s producer Frank Koughan and Hartford Courant reporters Alaine Griffin and Josh Kovner. We’ll also be joined by Yahoo! News reporter Liz Goodwin. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Social Issues
Nancy Lanza: In Her Own Words

Emails from Nancy to a friend don't by any means present a complete picture of the woman who raised Adam Lanza, but they offer some insight into her life. (read more »)

Social Issues
Slideshow: Adam Lanza’s Path to the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Before becoming the name behind the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Adam Lanza was just a shy boy that no one could quite seem to get through to. (read more »)

Social Issues
“There Was A Weirdness” About Young Adam Lanza

As a child, Adam got upset when others gave him a high-five or a pat on the back. It saddened his mother, Nancy, who didn't know how to help him. (read more »)

Social Issues
A Deeper Divide: The Gun Control Debate After Newtown

The Sandy Hook massacre launched a nationwide examination of the culture, safety and legality of guns that is unfolding in Newtown with an unmatched urgency. (read more »)

Social Issues
Were Sandy Hook Killings Inspired by Norwegian Massacre?

A new theory about Adam Lanza's motivation was sparked by articles found in his bedroom. (read more »)

“Money, Power & Wall St.” Wins Writers Guild and Polk Awards

Congratulations to the producing team! (

Social Issues
Raising Adam Lanza: Who Was Nancy Lanza?

Who was Adam Lanza and what was the nature of his relationship with his mother? (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
9/11 Trial Officers Explain “Ransacking” of Legal Documents

An assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate at Guantanamo Bay said a range of documents was seized from defendants this week as part of Standard Operating Procedures to maintain safety at the prison facility. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
How Many People Are Dying in Syria?

The U.N. says Syria's rising death toll is approaching a staggering 70,000 people killed since the rebellion broke out almost two years ago. But determining an accurate death count amidst a conflict is fraught with challenges. (read more »)

Social Issues
How Do You Raise a Child Like Adam Lanza?

For months, FRONTLINE and the Hartford Courant have been investigating the young man who took the lives of so many in … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
How To Form a Rebel Battalion in Syria

Reporting from Syria, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad breaks it down in "five easy lessons." (read more »)

David Sutherland on the “Magic” of Filmmaking

"My films are really about people and how they react," says David Sutherland, director of the forthcoming film "Kind Hearted Woman," airing April 1 and 2 on PBS. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
9/11 Defense Attorneys Say Legal Documents Were “Ransacked”

Lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two other defendants say confidential materials went missing while they were in court yesterday. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
“Cliffhanger” Interactive: A Guide to the Gridlock

Our interactive "Guide to the Gridlock" breaks down the dramatic two-year saga of Washington's failure to address the country's debt and deficit problems, and lets you track how it all broke down at every turn. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
Senior Official Confirms Audio Monitoring Devices at 9/11 Tribunal

The military tribunal for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-defendants continued to focus yesterday on an emergency … Continue reading (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Can Washington Make a Debt Deal? Live Chat Today at 2pm ET

Join a live chat on "Cliffhanger" with the film's producers and reporters from "The Washington Post." You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
The FRONTLINE Interview: John Boehner

The speaker on why he attempted to make a "grand bargain" with President Obama, why the talks were secret, and whether it's possible to achieve big deals in Washington. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Meet the GOP’s “Young Guns”

Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan, three young House Republicans, had a plan to move the party away from the dusty establishment and into the 21st century. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
The 9/11 Trial: Dispute Over Monitoring Defendants Continues

The revelation two weeks ago that an external monitor was remotely censoring the courtroom feed at the trial of 9/11 … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Egypt’s Fractured Revolution Two Years On

Two years after the fall of Mubarak, Charles M. Sennott returns to Egypt to find some of the revolution's biggest leaders bitterly divided, and reflecting on some of the mistakes made along the way. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Did Obama “Poison the Well” in the Deficit Debate?

After Republicans rallied around an austere budget proposed by the party's numbers wunderkind Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, President Obama delivered a speech condemning the plan. What he didn't realize, his aides insist, was that Ryan was sitting in the front row. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
From the Serenity Prayer to F-Bomb: Boehner and the Fiscal Cliff

On one of the biggest nights of his political career, House Speaker John Boehner didn't have the votes he needed from his own party. So he gathered House Republicans in a closed-door meeting and led a prayer. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
John Brennan’s CIA Confirmation Hearing Renews Scrutiny of Counterterrorism Policies

In the days leading up to tomorrow's Senate confirmation hearing, several national security-related leaks have intensified pressure on the administration to become more transparent. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
4 Reasons Why the S&P Fraud Lawsuit May Be a Game-Changer

The Justice Department alleges Standard & Poor's, the nation's largest credit ratings agency, knowingly understated the risk behind many of the financial products that caused the subprime mortgage meltdown. (read more »)

Social Issues
Obama’s Skeet Shooting Draws “Constructive Advice” From Gun Industry Group

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Conn., critiqued Obama's skeet-shooting skills and advised against any new firearm restrictions. (read more »)

Will the Violence Against Women Act Close a Tribal Justice “Loophole”?

One of the new changes in the Violence Against Women Act could help protect Native American women from abusers. So why has it been so controversial? (read more »)

NFL Concussions: The 2012-13 Season In Review

The past NFL season saw more than 160 players go down with a head injury. Along the way, there have been landmark breakthroughs in brain research, a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit, and even a commentary on violence in football by President Obama. (read more »)



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