MNsure 101: Can I keep my doctor? MNsure 101 answers the most frequently asked questions about the state's new health insurance exchange. Whether or not you'll be able to keep your doctor depends on which plan you choose.4:54 p.m.
Why MNsure rates are the lowest in the country When experts try to explain why rates are lower in the state they point to the fact that Minnesotans are healthier, the state's health care system is better and more people are insured.5:24 p.m.
Cube Critics: A split take on Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' The Cube Critics issue a split opinion on this week's movie, "Don Jon." The film, which Stephanie finds to be a delightful romantic comedy, follows a man addicted to pornography who is trying to deal with the real women in his life.6:24 p.m.
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Senate OKs Stopgap Spending Bill, Leaving Obamacare Intact
Tea Party-backed Republican senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee failed to block the Senate from removing language defunding Obamacare from a stopgap spending bill. Democrats proceeded to replace the House spending bill that took away money for Obamacare with their own version that funds the government through Nov. 15, but leaves the Affordable Care Act alone. A federal government shutdown starts Tuesday if both chambers don't agree on a spending plan by then.
Week In Politics: Shutdown Showdown, Obama At The UN And Iran
Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review magazine. They discuss Congressional wrangling over a continuing resolution to stave off a government shutdown, President Obama's speech at the UN and U.S.-Iranian nuclear negotiations.
UN Climate Change Report: Sea Level, Air Temperature To Rise
The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its latest assessment today. This is the fifth since 1990. The reports project the rate of global warming, sea level rise and other expected effects that result largely from our use of fossil fuels, which puts billions of additional tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year.
Nixed Flood Insurance Subsidy Drowns Coastal Home Values
In Florida, Louisiana, New York and other coastal states, many homeowners are in shock at new flood insurance rates that are rapidly approaching. After Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy left the National Flood Insurance Program $24 billion in the red, Congress revamped the program--phasing out subsidies. One group especially upset are new homeowners--people who bought a property and are now seeing their flood insurance costs skyrocket, making the property no longer affordable.
Gaza Strip Proves Uneven Refuge For Syrian Refugees
The U.N. says at least 2 million people have left Syria over the past 2 1/2 years, seeking refuge in other countries. More than 2,000 people have sought safety in the Gaza Strip. Some are finding work and a semblance of stability there. Others are suffering economically and emotionally but count themselves lucky to be free from military attacks.
Former NPR Host And CBS Correspondent Lee Thornton Dies
Robert Siegel remembers a former colleague, Lee Thornton, who died of cancer Wednesday. She co-hosted the weekend edition of NPR's All Things Considered in the mid-80s and a White House correspondent for CBS News before that. After NPR, Thornton served as the interim Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Maryland.
Report To Detail What Led To Deaths Of 19 Ariz. Firefighters
In Arizona, the state Forestry Division will release its official report Saturday regarding the the Yarnell Hill fire, where 19 elite firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots were killed. The deaths shook firefighters across the country. They and others hope the report addresses problems they see in current firefighting policies.
A Brutal Movie From China, Ripped From The Headlines A Touch of Sin, from director Jia Zhangke, is a tangle of four violent vignettes — all based on true stories — that made it past China's famously strict censors with hardly any cuts. It gets its U.S. premiere this weekend at the New York Film Festival.
Obama Speaks To Iranian President Rouhani
In a press conference Wednesday, President Obama said he had spoken with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone, the first such contact between the leaders of the two nations since 1979.