Health Care Tops Obama's Budget Plan
President Barack Obama released his first budget Thursday, a 10-year spending plan that sets aside hundreds of billions of dollars for health care reform, partially paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy. The president also put energy and education atop his priority list.
OMB's Orszag Backs Deficit Cut Despite Spending
Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, says reducing health care costs can go a long way toward reducing the budget deficit. He says the proposed budget's spending is not at odds with the deficit-reduction goal.
Photos Of War Dead OK With Family Approval
Pentagon officials say that news photographers will now be allowed to take pictures of the caskets of servicemembers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, if the families of the dead grant approval. The ban on photographs was instituted before the First Persian Gulf War in 1991.
Wall Street Banker Turns Toxic Asset Sleuth
Wit Solberg is a sort of "toxic asset detective." After a career on Wall Street — where he was part of the industry that helped create toxic assets — Solberg now works in Kansas City, helping small banks unravel the investments they have bought.
A View Of The Stimulus Money From 3 States
The first money from the almost $800 billion stimulus package is on its way from the federal government to the states. Officials in Washington, Arizona and Missouri already have plans on what they will do with the funds.
Mining Company Accused Of Endangering Workers
Federal prosecutors say chemical company W.R. Grace knowingly endangered the health of workers at its min in Libby, Mont. Andrew Schneider, senior investigative correspondent for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, says the company's defense is that everyone was aware of the contamination.
'Simpsons' Gets Two More Seasons On FOX
Move over, Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty: Homer and Marge are about to take over. The Simpsons will air for at least another two seasons, giving it 22 seasons on television. This means the animated satire will trump the record for longest-running prime-time series once held by the Western drama Gunsmoke.
HD-Enhanced Blemishes Keeps Makeup Artists Busy
HD makes it possible for viewers to see every last bead of sweat on the face of a baseball slugger, but it will also allow us to see every wrinkle on the ingénues face. A growing number of makeup artists and cinematographers are getting work by smudging out the pimples, pocks and wrinkles.
A Real Eye-Opener: Remembering New Yorker Films
The art-house distributor launched many of the 20th century's great European directors in the U.S. market. Its demise earlier this week prompted memories for NPR critic Bob Mondello — of films that changed the way he looked at movies.
Obama Budget Spikes Deficit To $1.75 Trillion
President Barack Obama unveiled his proposed budget Thursday, which includes spending on education, energy and health care, as well as funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The proposal brings the projected budget deficit for the current fiscal year to $1.75 trillion.