Thai protests - The deadly standoff between the Thai government and protesters reached a boiling point Wednesday as security forces surged into Bangkok's Lumpini Park, with at least five people dead in the largest offensive on protesters since demonstrations began. Residents in the capital took to rooftops and anxiously watched news reports, while some fled with precious keepsakes as they feared a mini-civil war was coming. For those who decided to stay and are now trapped in Bangkok, there is only one thing left to do: hunker down.
Midterm election primaries - Voters sent mixed signals in Tuesday's primaries in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. They tossed out a longtime senator, picked a Tea Party-backed candidate and forced a Democratic senator into a runoff.Â CNN's political analysts give their take on what it all means and how it mayÂ affect midterm elections in November.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will be talkingÂ Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington about what he thinks the primaries meant and what he sees in the future for his party and its prospects in the 2010 elections.
Kagan on Capitol Hill - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan returns to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning to meet with Sen. Russ Feingold. A day earlier, Kagan, the solicitor general, declared a net worth of nearly $1.8 million in documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Fight for second chance led to landmark decision - Mary Graham vividly remembers the day in 2006 when a Florida judge determined that her 17-year-old son was beyond redemption. The judge sentenced the teen, who was accused of committing a second armed robbery, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Monday, the Supreme Court gave Terrance Graham, now 23, a ray of hope. In a 6-3 decision, the high court ruled that life in prison without a chance of parole is cruel and unusual punishment for defendants under 18 who have not been convicted of murder. No other country punishes juveniles with life without parole sentences for cases where no one is killed, the court said in its majority opinion. CNN's Stephanie Chen reports.