In other news, a federal judge dismissed former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption conviction and Vermont's state legislature voted to override the governor's veto of a bill allowing same-sex marriages.
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh the news of the week, including what new unemployment numbers say about the economy, tough talk on the auto industry and President Obama's trip to Europe.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday it would drop corruption charges against Ted Stevens, the 85-year old former Alaskan senator who was convicted for lying on financial disclosure forms. NPR's legal affairs reporter Nina Totenberg broke the news.
The Justice Department has asked a judge to throw out a jury's corruption conviction of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens after prosecutors withheld evidence from his defense team.
By PBS NewsHour
In a Reporter's Notebook, NewsHour senior correspondent Gwen Ifill discussed how President-elect Barack Obama and his team may approach the vetting process for possible Cabinet picks.
With a stunning victory in the Alaska Senate race declared late Tuesday, Democrats took another major step toward their target of reaching a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska will stay on the ballot after his conviction Monday on seven felony counts, amid Sen. John McCain's call for his resignation. Anchorage Daily News reporter Michael Carey assesses the case and how it's playing…
Longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens defiantly stated Tuesday that he intends to win another six-year term in the U.S. Senate next week, despite calls from within his party to step down after being convicted Monday in a federal corruption trial.
By PBS NewsHour
After less than a week of deliberation, the jurors in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens returned a verdict Monday of guilty on all seven counts.
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