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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will take over as Senate majority leader in the...
When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.
In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.
Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.
Nielsen, the company that measures broadcast and cable ratings, will begin using its technology to calculate the viewership of streaming services like Netflix. Also, Bill Cosby projects are canceled.
Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel about what's gone wrong with Japan's economy. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal.
The ultimate aim of Japan's effort to revive the economy is to give consumers the confidence to start buying again. Weak consumer confidence has hit big-ticket purchases hardest.