The makers of the vaccine for swine flu are being taken to task for giving an overly rosy assessment of their ability to produce enough vaccine for everyone who wants it. Making the rounds of the network morning news programs, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said officials now have about 16.5 million doses of vaccine, well below what's needed, but she said it is being produced as quickly as possible.
President Obama has declared the H1N1 flu a national emergency, a move that opens the way for hospitals, doctors and local governments to get legal waivers so they can better cope with any surge of people with the swine flu virus. NPR's Richard Gonzalez has more.
There was a big jump in sales of previously owned homes last month, though a lot of that was likely attributable to a soon to expire 8,000 dollar tax credit for new home buyers. The National Association of Realtors says sales of previously owned homes shot up by 9.4% in September, their biggest rise in some 26 years. Warner Maloney is a spokesman for the Real Estate Industry Trade Group.
President Obama is praising a new Treasury Department plan to rein in executive compensation by 50%. The seven largest companies had received billions in taxpayer bailouts. Speaking at the White House, the president said that many Americans were not pleased when top executives of the firms which have yet to repay the government continue to fund lavish pay packages for their executives.
The FBI has arrested a Boston-area man for allegedly conspiring to kill prominent US politicians and attack shoppers at a mall. NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston reports.
President Obama is continuing to say plans to wind down US operations in Iraq are on track. Meeting this morning in the Oval Office with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the president reaffirmed the expected pullout of combat forces by next summer.
In Vienna today, the head of the United Nations nuclear agency said talks with Iran to move most of its enriched uranium out of the country are off to a good start. From Vienna, NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.
Pakistan has launched a major ground offensive against militants in the border area near Afghanistan. The BBC’s Shoaid Pasan reports the army is meeting fierce resistance from the militants.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says President Obama will not commit any more American troops to Afghanistan until questions about that country’s government are resolved.
A panel investigating allegations of fraud in Afghanistan’s presidential election is expected to release its conclusions this evening or tomorrow. The results will determine whether incumbent President Hamid Karzai won the August 20th vote or whether a runoff election must be held. Afghanistan’s ambassador to the US said today a runoff is likely.
Better-than-expected earnings reports from a couple of key sector companies help to send the most closely-watched stock market index above 10, 000 for the first time in more than a year. The upbeat assessment's pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a yearly record high close.
President Obama's effort to restructure the nation's health care system got a major boost today. The Senate Finance Committee voted to send its overhaul measure to the full Senate. One Republican, Maine’s Olympia Snowe, was among 14 committee members who voted to move the bill to the Senate floor. NPR's David Welna has more.
There are fresh signs the Senate could move forward with climate legislation in the next month or two. That would help the Obama administration negotiate an international climate deal in December. NPR’s Richard Harris reports.
President Obama says he's humbled at being selected the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. He said he doesn't believe he deserves the award, but will accept it as a call to action for all nations. The Nobel Committee cited Mr. Obama for what it called extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a revised version of the USA Patriot Act. Three provisions will sunset at the end of the year if the law is not renewed. NPR’s Ari Shapiro reports.
A White House meeting on Afghanistan between President Obama and congressional leaders has wrapped up. The president invited more than thirty members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to discuss current US strategy in the region.
Insurgence in Afghanistan killed eight American soldiers and two Afghan police officers in a brazen daylight attack in the eastern part of that country this weekend. But President Obama's National Security Advisor, retired General James Jones is dismissing concerns that the Taliban could seize power again in Afghanistan.
Plenty of excitement in Rio de Janeiro today, though not so much in Chicago, Tokyo or Madrid, the three other cities that had been in the running to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio beat out surprise finalist Madrid to host the Games after Chicago was eliminated in the first round by the International Olympic Committee.
President Obama meets for several hours this afternoon with military and diplomatic leaders as part of a reassessment of the US strategy in Afghanistan. NPR's Scott Horsley has more.
In a move the White House says is an effort to provoke the West -- Iran capped off several days of missile exercises with the launch of a medium-range missile today. Analysts say it could reach Israel as well as US military bases in the Mideast.