Closing the budget gap
Members of Congress are pouring over a $2.8 trillion budget proposal from the White House. President Bush's budget for 2007 would increase government spending for national defense and homeland security. It would pay for those increases, in part, by reducing overall funding for education, health, and environmental programs. Even so, there remains a $354 billion budget deficit in the President's proposal. MPR talked with two members of Minnesota's congressional delegation today about closing the gap.5:46 p.m.
Captain Yonder's songs of madness In a local music scene that's become a melting pot of styles, the group "Captain Yonder" refuses to blend in. The band's instrumentation -- acoustic guitar, cello, saw and an occasional glockenspiel -- is unique. The group's lyrics, frequently referring to madness and death, are unsettling. It's all captured on Captain Yonder's new CD.6:17 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Leak Report, Katrina Hearing Put Bush on Defensive
President Bush speaks to House Republicans at a retreat in Maryland on issues dividing Congress and the White House. Among them are reports that senior officials authorized former Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to leak classified data to boost the case for war in Iraq.
Key Figure: Intelligence Downplayed in Iraq Policy
The former national intelligence officer for the Middle East says the Bush administration has used remarkably little intelligence analysis in making its policy decisions. Paul Pillar writes in Foreign Affairs about the relationship between the intelligence community and policymakers in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Aristide Protege Preval Leads in Haiti Election
Reports from voting centers in Haiti indicate that former President Rene Preval, a protege of ousted leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has a strong lead in the presidential election, possibly enough to avoid a runoff. His victory could mean a return of Aristide's influence in Haiti.
FDA Panel Seeks Warnings for Attention-Deficit Drugs
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommends the agency put warnings on drugs commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The concern is prompted by a handful of cases of heart problems among people taking such products as Ritalin, Adderall and Strateera.
Congolese Hunt 'Osama' the Hippo
In central Africa, a hippopotamus has been terrorizing people on the upper reaches of the Congo River. Villagers say a lone hippo is attacking canoes in the country's southeast. Those who have been hunting for the animal have named him after another fugitive terrorist, Osama Bin Laden.
Ex-FEMA Chief Deflects Blame for Katrina Response
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown blames Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and other top agency officials for the inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. Brown testified Friday before the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
New Orleans Police Face New Challenge: Less Crime
New Orleans has gone from a city with one of the highest crime rates to a city where there is almost no crime. This is particularly visible in the number of murders that have been committed since Hurricane Katrina. So what's a homicide detective to do?
Denmark Flag Sparks Debate in Mass. Town
As militants burned the Danish flag and attacked Danish embassies from the Middle East to Indonesia, the town manager in Stoughton, Mass., raised the Danish flag at Town Hall. His small political statement in support of Denmark and against censorship has sparked a small-town flap.
Olympic Games Kick Off with Art, Fashion, Dance
The Olympic cauldron is lit, signaling the start of the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Competition officially begins Saturday. This year's games are under an intense international security plan to monitor possible terrorist threats.
Suspensions Mark Start of 2006 Olympics
The Winter Games kicks off with several suspensions, including eight cross-country skiers suspended for five days because they had high red blood cell counts. Two Americans are among those suspended. Robert Siegel talks with Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.