Emmer says he would cap Minn. spending if elected Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is betting his campaign on whether Minnesotans will accept a state budget for the next two years that cuts spending on higher education, aid to cities and counties and state agencies.5:24 p.m.
Obama Tries To Convince Voters He Feels Their Pain
A recent Washington Post/ABC poll found nearly half of all Americans don't believe President Obama understands the problems of people like themselves. In recent days, he's been stressing his support for those hit hard by the economy and bringing up his family's working-class roots.
States Struggle To Share Cost Of High-Speed Rail
Despite increased federal funds for high-speed passenger rail, some states have scaled back or delayed projects because they lack necessary matching funds. New federal funding for high-speed rail requires states to pitch in 20 percent of the costs.
California Online School Seeks Students, Tax Dollars
Elk Grove Unified near Sacramento has opened a Virtual Academy offering online curricula for kindergarten through 12th grade. Officials hope to attract home-school students and children from other districts. But critics question using public tax dollars to fund a private school's curriculum.
Georgia Allowed To Continue Voter Verification
For years the Justice Department opposed Georgia's voter verification law, which requires voters to prove they are U.S. citizens. But in a surprise reversal, federal officials recently approved it. However, legal experts say instances of real voter fraud is rare.
Superchunk: An Indie-Rock Role Model
Superchunk's new album, Majesty Shredding, fits the textbook definition of indie-rock: the pomp and spectacle of marketplace rock 'n' roll turned inside out to show the seams, revealing the men and women behind the curtain who aren't much different from the rest of us.
Israel, Palestinians End First Day Of Talks
Israeli and Palestinian leaders are discussing the thorniest issues dividing them and are committed to two states for two peoples. That was the word from a latest round of U.S.-mediated peace talks that were held Tuesday in Egypt. The delegations move on to Jerusalem for another round of talks Wednesday.
U.S. Eyes $60 Billion In Defense Sales To Saudis
The Obama administration is finalizing plans to sell $60 billion in fighter jets and helicopters to the Saudis over the next several years. The deal could change the military balance in the Middle East, and it also will help some balance sheets in the U.S. defense industry.
Preview Of Gen. Petraeus Interview
NPR's Morning Edition is reporting from Afghanistan this week. Renee Montagne is there and just interviewed the U.S. commander in the country. Melissa Block and David Greene have a preview of that conversation with Gen. David Petraeus.
Liberace Museum To Close Its Doors
The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas will close its doors next month after decades of showcasing the elaborate threads, jewelry, cars, pianos and candelabras of the man known as "Mr. Showmanship." The extravagant pianist, who died of AIDS in 1987, was one of the highest paid entertainers in the world at one time. Jack Rappaport, the museum's president, talks about why the museum is closing and what's going to happen to all that stuff.