President Obama traded Air Force One for a bus today as he set out on a campaign-style trip through North Carolina and Virginia. First stop: Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It's always nice to get out of Washington...
(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)
OBAMA: ...and breathe some of that mountain air.
(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)
SIEGEL: The president is officially campaigning for his jobs plan, and he had a message for those in Congress who opposed it.
Pollan founded the Ladies in White after her husband, Cuban dissident Hector Maseda, was jailed. He was released in February this year. In this photo from March, Maseda kisses Pollan before a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Havana, Cuba.
Members of dissident group Ladies in White yell "Laura lives!" during their weekly march in front of Santa Rita church in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday. Cuba's Ladies in White have vowed to keep protesting against the island's communist-run government despite the death of their late founder, Laura Pollan, but the loss presents new challenges for a dissident group already struggling to be visible.
In Cuba, the leader of the island's most prominent dissident group has died. Laura Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, but her death at age 63 Friday after a brief illness comes at an especially difficult time for Cuba's small opposition movement.
The only officially tolerated act of public protest in Cuba occurs on Sundays, after the Ladies in White gather for mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana.
Faizeh al-Maslamani (left) with her sister and a portrait of her husband, Ali, due to be released with more than 470 Palestinian prisoners Tuesday. Ali spent most of the past three decades in an Israeli jail. Faizeh says he has 10 grandchildren he's never seen. She hopes he'll accept "a life sentence in the house."
Palestinian Abdel Aziz Salha shows off his bloody hands following the killing of two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Ramallah in 2000. He was later arrested and is among the Palestinians set to be freed in a prisoner exchange with Israel on Tuesday.
In this video grab released on Oct. 2, 2009, captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is seen holding a Palestinian newspaper. Shalit, who has been held by Palestinians for more than five years, is set to be released Tuesday.
By a strong majority, Israelis support the decision to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli soldier. Still, it has provoked a painful debate, one that played out Monday, as it has several times before when Israel made similar lopsided trades in the past.
Walmart announced today that its chief executive in China was resigning for personal reasons. Ed Chan's resignation, however, comes about a week after China arrested Walmart employees and forced the retail giant to close 13 stores over allegations it was selling regular pork but labeling it as organic.