April 17, 2013 Fred Hiatt's new young-adult novel, Nine Days, is based on the real-life story of a Chinese dissident's daughter trying to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. Ti-Anna Wang, the real-life woman who inspired the tale, says her father had been kidnapped by Chinese agents during a trip to Vietnam.
April 16, 2013 With no fanfare, Congress moved to undo large parts of the popular law known as the STOCK Act, and President Obama has signed the watered-down measure into law. Insider trading is still illegal, but disclosures of large stock trades by staffers will be harder to get than under the original law.
April 16, 2013 Some gun rights supporters point out that only a tiny fraction of people caught trying to buy a gun illegally are ever prosecuted. They say the government should focus on enforcing current law, not expanding background checks. But gun control supporters say that argument misses the point.
April 16, 2013 The Turnaround Arts Initiative is using an ambitious arts curriculum to try and turn eight low-performing schools around. Celebrities like Kerry Washington and Yo-Yo Ma have signed on to help encourage kids, but the program's success will ultimately be measured in test scores.
April 16, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case testing the meaning and reach of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The question before the court was whether a Native American biological father who gave up his parental rights could later object after the non-Indian mother gave up the child for adoption.