Monica Potts learns more about coastal cleanup efforts: In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sharon Hanshaw realized the women in her East Biloxi, Mississippi, community needed a political voice to counteract the big developers and casino owners who took the lead in reconstruction efforts. She helped found the group Coastal Women for Change and now serves as its executive director. Hanshaw and other East Biloxi women work to communicate with their local and national political representatives and keep the community informed on what it needs to know to rebuild. While many homeowners and business owners still haven’t recovered nearly five years after the hurricane, the community is bracing for the full impact of the BP oil leak that’s spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The oil will affect communities and fishermen throughout the Gulf region. TAP spoke with Hanshaw about how fishermen, restaurant workers, and landowners are dealing with the environmental tragedy...
Barack and Michelle Obama joined Mexican President Felipe Calderón and his wife Margarita Zavala on a trolley ride to the State Dinner reception, held Wednesday. Beyoncé performed , sans Gaga . (White House/Pete Souza)
Fifty years ago today, a white mob attacked a busload of freedom riders in Montgomery, Alabama. Yesterday, Tea Party Senate candidate Rand Paul said he opposed the provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that barred businesses from discriminating against blacks -- a position he backed down from today. ( Joseph Scherschel / Life Magazine )
In Marja, Afghanistan, Marine Col. Randy Newman provides a brief to the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr . Insurgents remain months after an offensive took place in the region. (U.S. Army)