Seating Franken might raise constitutional issues Even though the court case over Minnesota's U.S. Senate race just got underway, there has been talk for weeks that Democrats may try to make Al Franken a senator before the case is over.4:49 p.m.
CDC urging HiB vaccines for children, but where can you get it? Make sure children get the HiB vaccine. That's the recent message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, according to our medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg, there isn't enough of the vaccine to meet the urgency of the CDC's recommendation.4:54 p.m.
Pawlenty's budget: 2.2 percent spending cut Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday proposed a budget
that cuts state spending by 2.2 percent and relies on federal stimulus funding to help erase an expected deficit of nearly $5 billion. Under the proposed budget, about 84,000 people would lose eligibility for state health programs.5:20 p.m.
Target cuts 1,000 positions at Minn. headquarters Minneapolis-based Target is eliminating some 1,500 positions, mostly at its corporate headquarters. The retailing giant says falling sales are forcing it to make this rare round of layoffs.5:24 p.m.
Governor's budget hits Minnesota cities and counties Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced billions of dollars in spending reductions in the state budget he released Tuesday afternoon. Payments in property tax subsidies and local government aid to cities and counties got squeezed as the state tries to preserve K-12 education and hold the line on health care spending.5:48 p.m.
Journalist Tracks North Koreans' Harrowing Escape National Geographic's Tom O'Neill documented three defectors' escapes along the Asian "underground railroad." He tells NPR about their terrifying journeys, and how the defectors continued to hide even when they made it to South Korea.
Arab Allies Call For Dramatic Revision Of U.S. Policy
Middle East envoy George Mitchell is in the region trying to build a durable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. His visit comes as Saudi Arabia, one of Washington's strongest Arab allies, warns that U.S. standing in the Mideast and prospects for peace are in critical condition.
One Nation, Under BlackBerry
President Obama is setting precedents in ways he probably never anticipated — from showing people it's OK to befriend others different from themselves to showing them it's OK to shop at J. Crew. But as the first president to own a BlackBerry, David Shipley says, Obama needs to lead by example and show America when BlackBerrying is OK and when to put the thing away.
Geithner Reviews TARP Funds
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's first big challenge is what to do about the $700 billion financial rescue program known as the TARP. Originally, the money was going to be used to buy up toxic assets from troubled banks. That didn't happen, but now the idea is being looked at again.
Merrill Ex-CEO Says Bonuses Were Not Secret
John Thain may have resigned from his job at Bank of America, but he isn't going quietly. Thain, the former CEO at Merrill Lynch, answered critics who said he had concealed the true size of Merrill's losses during merger negotiations with Bank of America.
Doctor In Octuplet Delivery Speaks
A woman gave birth to eight babies in Bellflower, Calif., on Monday. She had 46 doctors, nurses and assistants on hand for the delivery by C-section. Dr. Harold Henry, chief of maternal and fetal medicine at the Bellflower Medical Center, weighs in.
Clinton Says Ball In Iran's Court
Hillary Clinton told reporters at the State Department that with Barack Obama now in the White House, Iran has a "clear opportunity" to engage meaningfully. She also said she had sensed relief among foreign diplomats with the change of administration.
Does 'Pork-Less' Stimulus Bear Porcine Whiff?
Democrats say the $825 billion economic stimulus package is clean: No earmarks. No pork-barrel spending. But even without earmarks, some Republicans say the bill is made of bacon — that it has become a grab bag for programs Democrats have wanted to see funded for years.
Stimulus Package Includes Millions For The Arts
Singers, actors and dancers can stimulate audiences, but can they also stimulate the economy? The authors of the current stimulus package think so — they have included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $150 million for infrastructure repairs at the Smithsonian.
Art Collector Irked By Brandeis Museum Closing
Boston art collector David Genser donated a print by artist James Rosenquist to Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum. Amid a budget crisis, the university has announced it will close the museum and sell off its collection. Other donors and art enthusiasts are not happy about this decision. Genser shares his views.