Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 11:08 am
According to multiple media reports, an official from the rating agency Standard & Poor's told lawmakers and business officials that the agency could downgrade the United State's credit rating if the country misses any payments — including Social Security checks.
As predicted by those on both sides of the contentious abortion battle, states in the first half of this year have enacted a record 162 new laws or changes to existing laws that affect reproductive health, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute.
One day after the perjury trial of Roger Clemens began, it jerked to a halt Thursday, as the judge in the case declared a mistrial. Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, had asked U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to declare a mistrial on the grounds that prosecutors had put evidence before the jury that he had expressly forbade them from introducing.
General Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, says the U.S.' suspension of $800 million of military aid to Pakistan hurts his country and its fight against terrorism. Host Michel Martin speaks with Musharraf about U.S.-Pakistani relations since May when U.S. forces captured and killed Osama Bin Laden.