President Obama is forcefully rejecting the idea that he caved to Republicans on a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts. At a White House news conference Tuesday, he positioned himself between Republicans he calls "hostage takers" and Democrats who argue that he should have been tougher.
The union representing New York City's teachers goes to court Wednesday to try to stop the release to the media of a database of teacher effectiveness ratings. The move in New York follows the publication earlier this year by the Los Angeles Times of the scores of some L.A. teachers. The ratings, known as "value added analysis," are controversial because there is disagreement over whether they accurately reflect teaching ability. And unions say making the ratings public violates teacher privacy.
Haiti's presidential election last month has sparked protests, violence and charges of fraud. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Jason Beaubien in Port-au-Prince for the latest on the just-released preliminary election results.
In Colorado, natural gas is waging war against coal. One of the nation's largest public utilities is planning to retire its aging coal-fired power plants and replace them with cleaner-burning natural gas. State regulators are expected to decide on the plan Wednesday. This coal-to-gas transition is also being closely watched around the country as utility companies brace for new, tougher federal emissions controls.