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McCain Faces Election Challenger From The Right
John McCain's maverick moves of the past have ticked off some of his own conservative constituents. Enter congressman turned radio talk show host J.D. Hayworth, who appeals to the Tea Party crowd. This election, McCain might have some serious competition.
Dutch Political Uncertainty Boosts Far-Right Party
The Dutch coalition government collapsed last weekend over the country's commitment to the NATO mission in Afghanistan. A general election is scheduled for June, but politics in the Netherlands is in turmoil, and the far-right Freedom Party could be the big winner.
Pediatrician Escaped Past Abuse Allegations
Dr. Earl Bradley is accused of sexually abusing 103 children, some as young as 3 months old. The state now has the responsibility of finding out who might have known about the doctor's alleged actions before the case was brought to light. Court documents reveal that there had been warnings about Bradley going back a decade.
Student Sues Over Alleged Webcam Spying
A high school student is suing a suburban Philadelphia school district for allegedly spying on him outside of school via the webcam of a school-issued laptop. The allegation has infuriated many parents and spurred a criminal investigation by the FBI.
'Historic Mistake' Costs Dutch Skater Olympic Gold
Dutch skating star Sven Kramer was well on his way to winning a gold medal in the men's 10,000-meter speedskating event Tuesday night when his coach shouted at him to switch lanes. He did. Big mistake.
Mother, Son Create A New Life For That Old Sweater
Gayane Avanian and her son Haik have started a small company called Reknit that takes old, out-of-fashion sweaters and turns them into scarves, hats and gloves for $30. The Avanians tell NPR's Melissa Block they had to limit their orders to the first 30 they received for February.
Democrats Chide Insurer For Planned Rate Hikes
Officials from Anthem Blue Cross of California explained the company's decision to increase health care premiums to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. The hearing takes place a day before President Obama hosts a bipartisan summit aimed at reviving the long-stalled health care bills.
Effect Of Health Bill On Insurance Premiums
California health insurer Anthem Blue Cross' plans to raise premiums by as much as 39 percent in some markets has become a rallying cry for the Obama administration as it aims to increase public support for health overhaul. President Obama's health bill could affect the future rate increases of Anthem and other insurers.
Bernanke Backs Low Interest Rates
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Wednesday the Fed needs to keep interest rates low to aid the economy "for an extended period." He used his semi-annual report to Congress to emphasize his concerns about both unemployment and the budget deficit.
Toyota Woes Highlight Lobbyists, Lawmakers Link
More than 40 percent of the members of Congress investigating Toyota have received campaign donations from the company, according to research by The Washington Post. NPR Senior News Analyst Dan Schorr says it's another example of the problematic relationship between corporate lobbyists and elected representatives.