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Midmorning: Children's health insurance and presidential libraries

Posted at 7:49 AM on July 31, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Congress is preparing to debate how to expand federal health insurance coverage for children, despite a threatened presidential veto. The debate over the bills so far is another example of how bipartisanship has splintered in the U.S. House and Senate. Meanwhile, in Minnesota advocates and state health insurance officials are trying to anticipate the impact on Minnesota families. Midmorning's Kerri Miller discusses the issue with Alex Wayne, reporter for Congressional Quarterly; Jim Koppel, director, Children's Defense Fund Minnesota; and Christine Bronson, deputy commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services. She also oversees Medicaid.

At 10 a.m.: Presidential libraries are places for scholarship, according to the National Archives. But the attached museums are there to present an era, and occasionally a person to the public, for better or worse. Two presidential library directors talk with Kerri about the intersection of politics and posterity. Timothy Naftali is director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Tim Walch is director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.