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  • Human Rights Watch: drones and surveillance need curbs
    An October 2, 2013 University of Minnesota speech by Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. Roth says drones are leading to unnecessary civilian deaths and the US drone program has supplanted Guantanamo as the major complaint against US policy in the fight to combat terrorism. He says terrorists thrive on their ability to generate animosity toward the US.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, October 28, 2013
  • The pressures than can lead small towns to merge
    Mergers in Minnesota are rare, but one may be about to happen.The Daily Circuit, October 22, 2013
  • Westminster Forum: Valerie Plame Wilson on security, surveillance and privacy
    Nationally recognized expert on national security and counter-proliferation. A former covert operations officer in the CIA, Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a CIA operative was revealed in a nationally syndicated column, resulting in her resignation from the CIA. She is the author of the memoir, "Fair Game" and the first in a series of spy novels, "Blowback." She speaks at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis on October 15, 2013.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, October 15, 2013
  • MNsure account verification problems to be fixed, officials say
    A technical problem that has prevented many Minnesotans from enrolling in the state's new health insurance marketplace should be resolved later Tuesday, MNsure officials said.October 8, 2013
  • Insurance brokers look for relevance as health exchanges grow
    When states and the federal government rolled out online marketplaces to help people buy health insurance on Tuesday, you'd think that old-fashioned insurance brokers would have been worried. Many brokers work for small independent businesses. Are they at risk of becoming the next travel agents, whose ranks were thinned by online shopping?October 4, 2013
  • Health exchange rollouts are a milestone for 'Obamacare'
    Roundly criticized by many Republicans, the Affordable Care Act marks a milestone this week as state health insurance marketplaces begin enrollment.September 30, 2013
  • MNsure roll-out a ripe opportunity for scammers
    The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, a confusing process for many people, is a dream come true for rip-off artists. Consumer advocacy groups and government agencies are urging consumers to keep their private information to themselves to avoid being victimized.September 26, 2013
  • Maybe the Twin Cities are really a city-state
    With a frozen national government, cities are finding ways to address their own problems.The Daily Circuit, September 25, 2013
  • MNsure parts ways with employee in security breach
    An employee of Minnesota's health insurance exchange no longer works there after releasing private information about insurance agents.September 20, 2013
  • Health care costs projected to outpace economic growth
    The nation's health spending will bump up next year as the Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections by government actuaries.September 19, 2013
  • MNsure data security breach prompts new bill
    A data security breach at the state's new online insurance marketplace has prompted two members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation to write a bill designed to prevent confidential information from being leaked again.September 19, 2013
  • MNsure client aid organizations feeling squeezed
    Groups chosen for federal grants to to help enroll people in MNsure are feeling pressure due to delays in accessing the funds. The compressed timeline, one group president says, is "disrespectful" to the organizations that will do much of the work helping more than 1 million Minnesotans get health insurance through the exchange.September 19, 2013
  • The prospects for next year's state bonding bill
    Legislators are on the road now, checking out sites that might warrant funds.The Daily Circuit, September 18, 2013
  • Is the term 'Obamacare' ok to use?
    NPR ombudsman: "We are likely to hear and see many more references to 'Obamacare' from NPR, especially as President Barack Obama has planned a major public effort to explain the law and even enlisted former President Bill Clinton to help. In fact, the White House itself uses the term on its website, for example in this explanation of some aspects of the health law ... How most of us understand it depends on what we think of the law, and of the president."September 7, 2013
  • State to end health care insurance safety net program
    The State of Minnesota is moving ahead with a plan to wind down the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program that helped people with pre-existing conditions get insurance. Participants will be encouraged to find coverage either through MNsure, the state's online insurance market, or on the individual market through a broker.September 3, 2013

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