Dayton not alone in raising taxes to fix state budget gap Republican legislative leaders have criticized the proposed income tax portion of Gov. Dayton's budget plan as being out of step with the rest of the country, but other states have been raising taxes to fix their budget problems as well.5:20 p.m.
Q & A with Democrat Wis. state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout Senate Democrats left Wisconsin on Thursday to stop Republicans who control the chamber from taking a vote on the Gov. Scott Walkers's proposal that would take away collective bargaining rights from public employees.6:14 p.m.
China Dependent On Tobacco In More Ways Than One
China is failing to curb smoking, despite attempts by anti-smoking campaigners. That might be because on a national level, tobacco plays an important role, providing Beijing's biggest single source of tax revenue. Last year's revenue topped $75 billion.
Week In Politics: Wisconsin Protest
Host Michele Norris speaks with our political commentators — E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Linda Chavez, a syndicated columnist and chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity — about the ongoing protests surrounding planned budget cuts in Wisconsin.
Police Open Fire On Protesters In Bahrain
Host Michele Norris speaks with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof about the protests in the Bahraini capital of Manama, and the violent government crackdown that left at least five dead Thursday.
In Fla., It's A Great Time For Canadian Homebuyers
Because of tighter financial regulations, things such as subprime lending are unknown in Canada. As a result, Canadian real estate appreciated while property values in Florida, Arizona and other hard-hit U.S. markets went into the tank. Now Canadians are taking advantage of low housing prices in Florida.
Egyptians Mark 'Day Of Victory' As Concerns Grow
It's been one week since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, and huge crowds converged again Friday on Tahrir Square in Cairo. The official Egyptian news agency put the turnout at more than 2 million. Demonstrators are complaining that the military has stopped meeting with youth groups, and that there have been no pay raises in years.
Unemployment, Young Populace Create Explosive Mix
In nearly all the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, about 30 percent of the population is between the ages of 15 and 29. Compare that to the U.S., where just 20 percent fall into that age group. Add the population numbers in Arab countries to the high unemployment among young people, and you have a combustible mix. Ragui Assaad, a professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, studies that "youth bulge." He speaks to host Michele Norris.
Radiohead: Fool Me Twice
The British band announced the release of its newest album, The King of Limbs, with less than a week's advance notice. Early Friday morning, the group hit fans with another surprise — the record would be available a full day early.