Obama's health care speech: Why Minnesota? President Obama tried to jumpstart his campaign for health care reform when he spoke to a joint session of Congress last night. And he'll continue the effort during a rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon.5:20 p.m.
High Court Hears Campaign Finance Arguments
Not waiting for the first Monday in October, the Supreme Court returned Wednesday for arguments in a case that could transform American politics. In its ruling, the court could reverse decades of its own decisions that have blocked corporate spending on federal candidate elections.
Souped-Up Hubble Makes A Comeback
NASA has released the first collection of views from the recently refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. Thanks to new imagers installed in May 2009 during a visit from the space shuttle Atlantis, the 19-year-old orbiting observatory is more powerful than ever.
Jay-Z Stays Fresh On 'The Blueprint 3' The Blueprint 3 is the latest release by rapper Jay-Z; it's the second sequel to one of his best-known releases, 2001's The Blueprint. It's also Jay-Z's 11th solo album in 13 years, making him one of hip-hop's most prolific artists. Reviewer Oliver Wang suggests that, even this far into his career, the rapper is still finding ways to stay on top.
In The Bronx, A Theater Performance On A Bus
All the world's a stage, and the folks at the Foundry Theatre want to drive people around it. Their newest theater piece takes place on a charter bus winding its way through the South Bronx. The performance is part tour, part narrative, but the star is the Bronx itself.
Reflecting On A Legacy Of Recessions: Job Losses
By any measure, the human toll of this recession has been great. More people are jobless for longer periods than at any time since the late 1940s. Since last September, nearly 6 million jobs have disappeared. Mark Sharps' was one of them.
He'll Help You Find Your Flight, And God
As the full-time chaplain of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chester Cook spends his days assisting stranded travelers, counseling those having emotional meltdowns and calming down stressed-out soldiers. And he often pays travelers' $150 change fee from his chaplain's budget — or his own wallet.
Comparing Obama's Health Care Speech To Clinton's
President Obama's speech before a joint session of Congress calls to mind President Clinton's speech 16 years ago to defend his health care efforts. Paul Begala, who helped write Clinton's heath care address, says Clinton didn't encounter the same vehemence that Obama faces, but the proposal was in trouble.
Mexican Hijack Drama Ends
A senior Mexican security official says a Bolivian religious fanatic told police he hijacked a flight from Cancun after receiving a divine revelation. The flight's passengers and crew were all safe.
How To Brand A Government Initiative
President Obama's speech Wednesday is as much about how he's governing as how is he branding his message. David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard's Kennedy School and director of its Center for Public Leadership, says branding a government initiative is sometimes accidental and sometimes intentional.
Speeches Show Bully Pulpit's Limits, Strengths
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says President Obama's speech Wednesday may help dispel some misinformation about health care legislation. But, he says, the hard part comes later, when Obama must spend time on the phone or in person with legislators.