AUDIE CORNISH, host: Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to France today, for the first time since he was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid in May. Those charges have been dropped but Strauss-Kahn isn't out of hot water yet.
Eleanor Beardsley reports that the former head of the International Monetary Fund returns home to a country divided in its feelings over the former political star.
ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: The media coverage Strauss-Kahn got in New York seemed like nothing compared with what awaited him in Paris.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered her supporters no hint of her political plans during a speech Saturday at a Tea Party rally in Iowa.
The atmosphere was that of an end-of-summer county fair. There was plenty of food, lots of T-shirts for sale even some country music. But for the 2,000 or so people gathered on a soggy field in Indianola, south of Des Moines, Palin was the main attraction. It wasnt her first visit to Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucus next year.
Kids are headed back to school, Labor Day weekend upon us and that means that the political season will be getting into high gear — along with the media circus around it. NPR's David Folkenflik tells us how to get a handle on the way the media world is changing.