PoliGraph checks claims from Bachmann, Pawlenty Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has been calling the health care overhaul unpopular with a majority of Americans. And former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's not the only Republican who's changed his mind on cap-and-trade. Those are the claims we're testing on this week's edition of Poligraph.4:50 p.m.
Vikings stadium plan chock full of taxes to pay for it MPR News has obtained a draft of the Vikings stadium bill that calls for a combination of tax hikes and team contributions to pay for a new stadium. The bill is likely to be introduced at the Legislature next week.5:19 p.m.
Path Back To A Healthy Job Market May Be Long
The U.S. economy gained more than 200,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. The news is a bit better than most economists had expected. But they say it will still take several years before unemployment falls back to a normal level.
College Sports Takes A Few Hits
Pat Forde, a national college sports columnist for ESPN.com, speaks with Michele Norris about some of the embarrassing stories coming out in college sports.
N.Y. Mets Face Serious Financial Problems
As the New York Mets open their 2011 season on Friday, questions about the team's future go well beyond the playing field. The Mets reportedly lost $50 million last year, and they have confirmed taking an emergency loan from Major League Baseball. On top of that, the trustee representing the victims of disgraced financier Bernie Madoff is suing the Mets' owners for $1 billion. The Mets' owners are trying to sell a minority stake in the team, but observers say that may not be enough.
Rapid Response Radiation Team Tends To Wounded
Within hours of learning of damage to the Japanese nuclear power plant, a team of physicians and radiation health experts sprang into action. They've been treating injured workers and providing expert advice to the Japanese public about radiation risks.
Lost, Then Found: Shipping Containers On Seafloor
Scientists surveying the bottom of the Pacific Ocean have discovered something they knew was there but had never seen before: a shipping container. Thousands fall off cargo ships each year, and it's not yet known how the boxes, which carry everything from chemicals to ribbon, are affecting the ecosystem.
One Doctor Aims For Better Health Care In Iraq
After nearly a decade of war and, before that, more than a decade of economic sanctions, Iraq's medical and health systems are in shambles. The problems are overwhelming, but one individual — born in Iraq but now a citizen of the United States — is not discouraged.
Broadway To Get A View From MLK's 'Mountaintop'
In The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall imagines an encounter between Martin Luther King Jr. and a hotel chambermaid on the eve of his 1968 assassination. Slated to open on Broadway this fall, the play was inspired by Hall's family history and her Memphis, Tenn., roots.
Afghan Rioters Reportedly Kill U.N. Office Workers
Afghan protesters stormed and burned the U.N. office in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif Friday after a demonstration condemning a Quran-burning at a small church in Florida. There are reports of deaths inside the U.N. compound. Michele Norris speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence.
In Post-Uprising Egypt, Everyone's Feeling The Pinch
Egyptians are finding that uprisings are expensive. The economy is suffering from uncertainty, and the tourism industry that the country relies on has been hit hard. But despite the hardships following the revolution, Egyptians say they still feel positive about the future.