In Oregon, the armed militants that took over a federal wildlife refuge almost two weeks ago had planned a public meeting Friday evening to address the community's concerns and apparently outline their exit strategy. Federal law enforcement remains mum on a response. There is precedent for these types of armed, anti-government protests going south quick, such as in the 1990s in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho. There is also precedent for these confrontations to drag on for months.
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Joy-Ann Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC and author of Fracture, and Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush and columnist for U.S. News & World Report, about the political news of the week.
The most well-known player on the NFL's best team this season is quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. But the heart and soul of the Panthers is linebacker Thomas Davis who has come back from three gruesome knee injuries and is one of the league's best defenders. And that's just one piece of Davis' reputation in Charlotte, N.C., where his work with kids is what stands out to many parents.