Early education plan draws big pricetag The estimated price tag is seven times as costly as Gov. Pawlenty's pre-kindergarten plan. Still, the the legislation received bipartisan praise during a Senate committee hearing.5:20 p.m.
Lawmakers want to weigh in on benefits to NWA The Metropolitan Airports Commission may vote Wednesday on a plan that would provide $240 million in benefits to Northwest Airlines over 15 years. But several state lawmakers argue the Legislature should have final say on any deal with Northwest.5:24 p.m.
House Sets Date for Iraq Protest Resolution
Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announce that they will bring a resolution to the floor next week voicing disapproval of President Bush's Iraq war policy. House leaders plan to give all 435 members of the House five minutes to speak their mind about the war, which will add up to three long days of debate.
How a Senate Resolution Loses Its Resolve
For the past two weeks, it seemed inevitable that the U.S. Senate would debate and vote on a resolution expressing disapproval for President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq. But Monday, as a resolution with bipartisan support came to the floor, it fell apart. There was no debate and no vote.
Jury in Libby Case Hears His Original Testimony
Prosecutors play tapes of Lewis "Scooter" Libby testifying before a grand jury. Libby is accused of lying to that grand jury and to the FBI about his involvement in revealing a CIA agent's identity. On the tapes, when repeatedly asked whether he talked about the agent with reporters, Libby says "no."
Astronaut Faces Attempted-Murder Charges
In what NASA is calling a bizarre and sad story, an astronaut is accused of attempted kidnapping and murder. Police say that Lisa Nowak planned to kidnap and kill someone she considered to be a romantic rival for the affection of another astronaut. Nowak, 43, is a married mother of three.
Scandals, Stress Cloud Mayor Newsom's Future
Gavin Newsom has long been touted as a future senator or California governor, but the San Francisco mayor's political future is now far from certain. His latest public crisis, admitting to an affair with a close friend and political associate, has some wondering whether Newsom has lost his way.
Colleges Face Challenge of the Class Divide
In the United States, an education at an elite college can be a gateway to the upper class. But few can afford it. Amherst College in Massachusetts tries to be more inclusive by leveling the playing field for students.
From Pho to Fast Food, an Immigrant's Tale
In April 1975, Bich Minh Nguyen and her family fled Saigon and settled in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her memoir, Stealing Buddha's Dinner, captures what it was like to be Vietnamese in the conservative, largely white town — and the role that food played in her assimilation.
Looking for the Ark, and Finding Humanity
For a fan of the movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark who is about to travel to Ethiopia, learning that the actual ark is believed to be in the country can bring on a state of excitement and anticipation. But on arrival, the hunger and poverty can overtake those interests.
Opposition Research: Know Thine Enemies
More and more campaigns employ teams of opposition researchers. The shadowy world of "oppo" has evolved from a job for campaign interns to the realm of professionals and big money.
Maliki Seeks Momentum in Fight for Baghdad
In Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calls on the country's security forces to speed up their preparation for the Baghdad security operation he announced nearly a month ago. The plan calls for thousands of Iraqi and U.S. troops to deploy in the capital, in hopes of finally securing the city.