There's an unforgettable moment in the diary of the great Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. He's on the beach and he spots a beetle that's been blown on its back by the wind and now lies there helplessly, legs wiggling, unable to right itself. Gombrowicz saves it by turning it over. He sees another upside-down beetle, and turns it over. Then, another. Looking along the sand, he realizes that there are so many beetles he can't possibly save them all. Eventually, he gives up trying.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, second from right, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner on Jan. 3. Stockman made the surprise move Monday to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the 2014 Texas GOP primary.
This time, it's John Cornyn of Texas, the number two Republican in the Senate, who's receiving a challenge from the right in 2014. Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative firebrand, made the surprise move to enter the March 4 race Monday evening just before the state's filing deadline.
The memorial service for Nelson Mandela concluded Tuesday in Soweto, but South Africans will have additional opportunities to say farewell to their late president. Mandela lies in state in Pretoria for three days and will be buried Sunday in his home village of Qunu.
American bank regulators unveiled the final version of the so-called Volcker Rule, which prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. For more, Steve Inskeep speaks to NPR's Jim Zarroli.
Putting a little extra money in your pocket might be as easy as looking around your house. Experts say there's a treasure trove of unwanted items you can easily sell to the highest bidder. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with personal finance guru Alexa von Tobel about earning extra holiday cash from home.
It's easy to trade in your old car at a dealer, but that might mean missing out on a lot of money. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek contributor Roben Farzad about changes in the used car market.
For many children, the holidays are about presents and time off from school. But vacation often means spending time with grandparents, who have their own set of rules. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with a roundtable of parents about how to navigate tricky family situations.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a tour that has also taken him to Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.