There's a lot to watch today: elections in Kuwait and Mexico, weather in Wilkes Barre, Pa., the last day of the current session of the Supreme Court, the 50th anniversary of the U.S. interstate highway system. The traditional 50th anniversary gift is gold. There's no break for people who rely on the World Almanac's "modern" list of modest gifts (desk sets for the 7th anniversary?) because the 50th anniversary gift is still gold. So let's all chip in on something. Gold handles on the toilets in the rest stop restrooms?
Most of the shows will be dealing with this morning's Supreme Court ruling on the Guantanamo Bay detainee situation. The decision: When President Bush ordered military war crimes trials for the detainees, he was overstepping his authority.
Meanwhile, NPR reporters will be in some interesting places today. White House Correspondent Don Gonyea gets to go to Graceland, because Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi wants to go, and first pal President George Bush is in on the trip. Foreign Correspondent Eric Westervelt remains in Gaza and Peter Kenyon is watching elections in a very hot Kuwait, where it didn't go below 100 degrees yesterday. Reporters David Kestenbaum and Nell Boyce are setting up the NPR test at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
And Science Correspondent Joe Palca is in Toronto for a meeting on stem cells, which he almost had to cover from the plane. The Toronto airport shut down last night because thunderstorms followed Joe right up from Washington. Airport officials neglected to do anything about the incoming planes. Lots of people spent lots of time in lots of planes parked on the runway. And flight attendants on Joe's plane opened up the bar. Joe reports the in-flight entertainment on Air Canada was terrific.