Bars, brewers blast booze tax proposal in Minn. A bill passed by the Minnesota House that would increase taxes on alcohol has the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries in an uproar. Summit Brewing's Mark Stutrud says taxation could "eliminate our existence."3:20 p.m.
Bars, brewers blast booze tax proposal in Minn. A bill passed by the Minnesota House that would increase taxes on alcohol has the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries in an uproar. Summit Brewing's Mark Stutrud says taxation could "eliminate our existence."5:24 p.m.
White House Undecided On Action For Syria Crossing 'Red Line'
President Obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people was a red line, and crossing it would bring U.S. action. On Thursday, the administration said that the intelligence community "does assess with vary degrees of confidence" that the regime has used such weapons "on a small scale." Yet the administration also contends that these findings fall short of the red line.
Sen. Corker Calls On U.S. To 'Step Up' Efforts In Syria
Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, about the U.S. intelligence assessment regarding chemical weapons in Syria. Corker says there is not yet enough evidence to take military action against the Syrian government. He adds that the real challenge now is to keep the more extremist anti-Assad-regime rebels from having the upper hand.
Evidence Of Syria's Chemical Weapons Use Questioned
The White House has said that the U.S. intelligence community has concluded "with varying degrees of confidence" that Syria's regime used the nerve gas sarin. As that statement suggests, such judgments usually involve shades of gray. In this case, there are still many unknowns: how was the evidence obtained and under what conditions the chemicals were used. Larry Abramson talks to Robert Siegel about what the U.S. knows and what it does not.
Controversy Brews Over Church's Hallucinogenic Tea Ritual
A U.S. transplant of a Brazilian sect drinks huasca tea and then finds spiritual exploration in the visions it induces. The Supreme Court has granted the group full rights as a church to sip all the tea it wants, but some neighbors in Santa Fe, N.M., are trying to block construction of a house of worship.
Illinois River Crests To All-Time High Near Peoria
Peoria has a front row seat to the great Illinois River flood of 2013. A temporary flood wall is in place and pumps are keeping the water at the lowest points from coming up through the sewers and into the store fronts. Whether their property is underwater or not, the resolve of people living and working along the Illinois River isn't wavering.
Mississippi River's Many 'Parents' Look To Unify
The Mississippi's stakeholders met recently to discuss the river's pressing needs, any common ground and how to speak with one voice in advocating for the nation's largest river system. Currently, the river has what one stakeholder calls "800 parents" — and that leaves the river an orphan.
On Broadway, One Runt To Rule Them All
Bob Mondello looks at Broadway's new child-friendly musical Matilda through the prism of his very first commentary for NPR 29 years ago today — a piece about how Annie was really Oliver! in drag.
China Seeks Soft Power Influence in U.S. Through CCTV
China Central Television's American offshoot has set up shop just two blocks from the White House. Some say the government-owned English channel is helping redefine acceptable media coverage in China, while others see it as a soft Chinese power play.