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All Things Considered
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Franken claims Senate winFranken goes to Supreme Court; voters sue over rejected ballots
    The dispute over Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has expanded. A group of 64 voters filed suit in the Minnesota Supreme Court to have their votes counted. Meanwhile, Democrat Al Franken asked the court to order the governor and the Secretary of State to sign an election certificate declaring Franken the winner over Republican Norm Coleman.5:20 p.m.
  • Back to schoolGrowing number of dislocated workers presents funding challenge
    Nearly 190,000 people are unemployed in Minnesota, the highest number in a quarter century. Many turn to the state's Dislocated Worker Program to get back on their feet, but the cost of that service is on the rise.5:23 p.m.
  • Gary StoneThe sound of harps is alive in Red Wing
    Stoney End Harps has sold more than 6,000 harps to musicians around the world.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Clinton Calls For Smart Power
    The Senate Foreign Relations committee has heard from Hillary Clinton, who has been picked to be the next secretary of State. The committee chairman, Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, promised a "fair and expeditious confirmation process."
  • Other Obama Picks Appear At Hearings
    Many other confirmation hearings took place on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Peter Orszag, President-elect Barack Obama's pick for director of the White House Office of Management and Budget; Shaun Donovan, his pick for secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Arne Duncan, his pick for Education Secretary; and Steven Chu, his pick for Energy Secretary, all appeared on Capitol Hill.
  • Robinson 'Delighted' To Be Part Of Inauguration
    The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, has been chosen to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's kickoff inaugural event Sunday. Robinson says he doesn't think Obama picked him to balance the selection of evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who angered gay-rights supporters with his support of the ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California.
  • In Hard Times, Ford Seeks To Win Back Car Buyers
    The Ford Motor Co. has not taken bailout money from the federal government, but it's struggling to stay out of debt. Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, says his company can't be satisfied with being as good as its Japanese counterparts: It has to be better.
  • Letters: Auto Show
    Listeners' respond to the coverage of the auto show in Detroit. Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Report: Justice Official Made Politically Biased Hires
    A Justice Department investigation found that a powerful manager who worked in the Civil Rights Division during the Bush administration illegally hired attorneys based on partisan credentials and then lied about his actions to Congress.
  • Where Do Detainees Go When Guantanamo Closes?
    President-elect Barack Obama has reiterated his commitment to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Scott Silliman, a law professor at Duke University, says closing the facility may be more complicated than expected.
  • Vets Affairs Pick Known For Contradicting Rumsfeld
    Eric Shinseki, President-elect Obama's choice to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, made his name as the general who publicly questioned Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's strategy in Iraq on the eve of the war.
  • Businessman May Have Faked Death
    Indiana businessman Marcus Schrenker may have faked his death because of mounting financial and legal troubles. On Sunday, Schrenker took off in his plane headed to Florida. Mid-flight, he parachuted out over Alabama. Carol Robinson, a senior reporter with the Birmingham News, about the latest developments in the search for Schrenker.
  • An Inaugural Speech In Six Words
    Joe Torsella, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, talks about a contest the center has organized with Smith Magazine to help President-elect Barack Obama inspire America in six words. Authors of the judges' six favorite submissions will win a six-word memoir book from Smith Magazine and a year's membership to the National Constitution Center.

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