All Things Considered for May 16, 2013
May 16, 2013 — President Obama met reporters briefly on Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, but the American side of the news conference was all about domestic controversies involving the IRS and the Justice Department.
May 16, 2013 — The White House's release of e-mails this week was intended to settle questions regarding the administration's response to the attack on the Benghazi consulate in September. But while some questions may have been laid to rest, others remain and will feed a critical story line.
May 16, 2013 — There's growing pressure in Australia for the government to legalize gay marriage after New Zealand became the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage earlier this month. Last year, a vote on the issue in Australia's parliament failed to change the law and both political party leaders — the unmarried, atheist Prime Minister who lives with her long-term boyfriend and the staunchly Catholic opposition leader who once studied to become a priest — remain officially opposed to gay marriage. But many believe public and political pressure may have reached a tipping point on the issue in the wake of New Zealand's vote.
May 16, 2013 — The House held a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act — again. This time it was to make freshman Republicans happy by giving them a vote to take home.
May 16, 2013 — For decades, a turkey-processing company housed intellectually disabled men in squalid conditions, subjecting them to physical and emotional abuse while paying them $2 per day. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently won a huge judgment against the company.
May 16, 2013 — The Justice Department is investigating the IRS's flagging of grass-roots conservative groups that sought nonprofit status. But some lawmakers want the debate extended to look at the well-financed activities of existing 501(c)(4) groups that spent millions in the 2012 elections.
May 16, 2013 — Audie Cornish talks to Marcus Owens, former director of the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service. The division is the same one under scrutiny for targeting conservative groups. He talks about the IRS's vetting process in determining tax exempt status and where they may have gone wrong.
May 16, 2013 — Egypt's capital has been associated with protest and political upheaval. But an arts festival attempts to clear away the dust and revitalize a once-glorious cultural hub.
May 16, 2013 — One of the best known athletes in the world has announced his retirement. Soccer player David Beckham will play his final game later this month. Melissa Block talks with Grant Wahl, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of The Beckham Experiment.
May 14, 2013 — Stan Bronson is an icon of the University of Memphis baseball team. His is an honorary position without pay, so the university provides his food and medical care. At 84, he's remained healthy for his age, but there are concerns about the medical care he may require as he ages.