Reactions to the Franken ruling Politicians on the state and national levels, as well as other political observers, are weighing in on today's Minnesota Supreme Court decision declaring DFLer Al Franken the winner of the U.S. Senate race.3:01 p.m.
Democrats continue criticism of Pawlenty's cuts DFL leaders turned up the heat Tuesday on Gov. Tim Pawlenty over his go-it-alone-budget balancing plan, but his proposed spending cuts and accounting shifts are still moving forward.5:50 p.m.
Franken v. Coleman: The nation is watching Nearly eight months after Election Day, Minnesotans are still waiting for their second senator to be sworn in. People around the country are keeping an eye on Minnesota's open Senate seat. We asked them why.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Combat Troops Leave Iraqi Cities
For the first time in six years, Baghdad and other Iraqi cities are almost completely free of U.S. combat troops. Iraq's government declared a national holiday to celebrate the occasion, but a deadly car bomb in the city of Kirkuk provided a grim reminder of the challenges ahead.
Retired Colonel: Iraq Violence Will Remain Problem
The deadline for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities was Tuesday. Col. Peter Mansoor (retd.) says the withdrawal is necessary, but violence will still plague Iraq for years to come.
U.N. Backs Ousted Honduran President
The U.N. General Assembly unanimously condemned the military takeover in Honduras and demanded that Manuel Zelaya be immediately returned to power. Zelaya, who was forced into exile in Costa Rica, vows to return to Honduras. The new administration says he will be arrested if he does.
Does Return Of The Toffs Signal A Changed Britain?
The type of upper-class Englishmen people tended to sneer at during the Thatcher years are back with a vengeance in politics. Many members of the front bench of the opposition Conservative Party in recent years attended Eton and Oxford. But that doesn't seem to bother working-class people on the streets of London.
In Europe, Irregular Produce Makes A Comeback
Bendy cucumbers, knobbly carrots, puny cauliflowers and naked onions are among 26 misshapen fruits and vegetables that will make their way to supermarkets Wednesday after the European Union rescinded a 20-year-old regulation. Food columnist Diana Henry of the Sunday Telegraph says she is "thrilled."
Co-Op Option Offers Compromise In Health Debate
As Senate and House committees negotiate a potential new health care system, the idea of insurance co-ops is gaining ground as an alternative to a government-run plan. The HealthPartners co-op in Minneapolis provides some insight into the ability of these plans to provide low-cost, high-quality care.
Doctors Say Costs, Not Care, Have Become Focus
As health care costs have soared, many physicians have struggled to manage the business end of health care and provide quality care for their patients. Two doctors, each with more than 30 years of experience, talk with NPR about the changes they've seen in health care, and where the system might be headed.
China Delays Internet Filtering Plan
China has delayed a controversial plan to bundle Internet filtering software with personal computers aimed to block pornography. The plan has been criticized as ineffective, intrusive and commercial unfair. Anthony Kuhn China's attempt to block pornography has been criticized as ineffective, intrusive and unfair.
Director Seeks To Capture Life In Modern Tibet
Pema Tseden is the first director in China ever to film movies entirely in the Tibetan language. His latest film, The Search, won the Grand Jury Prize at Shanghai's recent International Film Festival. He says Tibet has always been depicted by outsiders who pander to their own imagination.