Child poverty grows in Minnesota The Census Bureau is out with new data that reveals more detail about the economic pain American families experienced in 2009. It was a tough year for children, as the rates of child poverty went up.5:20 p.m.
Epic production explores history of Afghanistan The politics of Afghanistan have confounded the West for centuries. A new production opening tomorrow at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is designed to provide some explanation. "The Great Game: Afghanistan" is an epic show, lasting seven and a half hours.5:54 p.m.
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The Political Difficulties Facing President Obama
President Obama campaigns across the country this week in the hopes of improving his party's outlook for November. NPR's Mara Liasson looks at all the things that didn't work out the way the White House thought they would.
In Campaign Swing, Obama Seeks To Rally Base
President Obama held a backyard conversation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday morning. In the evening, he held an outdoor rally at the University of Wisconsin, hoping to regenerate some of the enthusiasm Democrats felt in 2008. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Scott Horsley.
Republicans Block Bill To Tax Firms That Export Jobs
Democrats are trying to leave Washington by striking a note on jobs and the economy. Toward that end, they brought up a Senate bill Tuesday to tax companies that send jobs overseas and reward those that bring them back; Republicans blocked it.
U.S. Airstrikes Target Afghan Insurgents' Safe Havens
As the U.S. military cracks down on insurgent groups in Afghanistan, survivors are fleeing to safe havens across the border in Pakistan, where they regroup. U.S. officials say winning the war will include ramping up drone strikes to destroy those sanctuaries.
A Toss-Up In Washington State Senate Race All Things Considered continues its look at political races across the nation -- today, the toss-up for the Senate in Washington state. Sen. Patty Murray has held the seat for 18 years. Her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, says that her time in the Senate has been ineffective, and that she needs to go. The race is seen as a toss-up by many political watchers. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Matt Barreto, political science professor at the University of Washington, in Seattle.
Brilliant To Dead: The High Art Of 'Lampoon' Satire
In the spring of 1970, a daring new product hit American newsstands. It was called National Lampoon, and it made its name with sex- and drug-laden satire of everyday American life. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is Lampoon contributor Rick Meyerowitz's account of the magazine's best years.
Afghan Government Sets Up Peace Council
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed members of a "peace council," tasked with seeking a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. The council includes a number of well-known warlords.
Bob Woodward's Inside Account Of 'Obama's Wars'
A year ago, President Obama was in the thick of a review of policy on Afghanistan. In the end, he ordered 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, and he set July 2011 as the point at which the U.S. presence would start to decline. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bob Woodward about how the president arrived at that policy -- the subject of Woodward's latest book, Obama's Wars.