The party of Turkey's sitting prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is poised to win a third term in power when Turks go to the polls Sunday.
Turkey's secular opposition, having failed to convince voters that the ruling party has a "secret Islamist agenda," is hoping to keep the government from winning a two-thirds majority in Parliament. If it does, the Justice and Development Party, known as the AK Party or AKP, could rewrite Turkey's Constitution essentially without constraint.
The 'Barbershop' guys weigh-in on the controversy surrounding Rep. Weiner, who announced this week that he will not resign despite having lewd internet communications with women. The guys also discuss game five of the NBA finals. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael; sports editor David Zirin; Johns Hopkins professor of Political Science Lester Spence; and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette. Discussion about Weiner may not be suited for younger listeners.
There's been a lot on political minds this week — from Rep. Weiner's (D-N.Y.) tearful admission of engaging in inappropriate online relationships, to an economic showdown between President Obama and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Host Michel Martin discusses the week's politics with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker and US News and World Report's Mary Kate Cary.
Heard the one about the guy who assaulted his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend while wielding what he insisted was a marten — NOT a weasel?
It's become a hot story across the nation because the victim supposedly asked "why are you carrying a weasel?" To which the suspect replied, "it's not a weasel, it's a marten," and then allegedly punched the guy in the nose (with his hand, not the weasel ... err, mink).
Today in Alaska, state officials will release tens of thousands of pages of emails Sarah Palin sent or received as governor from 2007 to 2009. To imagine what this trove may contain, imagine what might show up in your own email (or that of your intimates). There may well be moments of high courage and eloquence. But there will also be other moments.
Now, guess which kind of moments would prompt the most conversation among your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers. Not to mention people imagining you as president.
Syrian troops moved against a restive northern border town Friday in what the government said was a military operation to restore order though most residents have reportedly fled.
Tanks were on the outer edges of the town of Jisr al-Shughour on Friday, preparing to enter, an AP reporter accompanying Syrian troops on a government-organized trip said. He said the army announced the start of operations at around 5 a.m. Friday. Witnesses contacted by telephone said most residents had abandoned the town of up to 45,000.