House speaker says Molnau should 'do the right thing' and go House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, of Minneapolis, said
Wednesday she wants to see a "fresh start" at the Transportation
Department and has grown concerned about Carol Molnau's ability to run
the agency. Molnau is also Minnesota's lieutenant governor.5:19 p.m.
Backers of Vetoed SCHIP Bill Say It's Misunderstood
President Bush issued his fourth veto Wednesday — turning back legislation to expand the State Childrens' Health Insurance Program. Congress will vote this month on whether to override the veto. If that fails, supporters have vowed to keep it alive.
What's Next for SCHIP Legislation?
Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times talk about the political implications of President Bush's veto.
Utah Miners' Families Seek More Federal Oversight
Relatives of miners killed in the collapse at Utah's Crandall Canyon mine spoke Wednesday at a hearing before the House Education and Labor Committee. Six miners were trapped in a cave-in Aug. 6, and three rescuers died trying to save them.
Feds Sue Illinois Over Worker-Verification Law
The Department of Homeland Security is suing Illinois over its new law to keep employers there from enrolling in a federal program that verifies the legal status of job applicants. Lawmakers and rights groups say the E-Verify system is flawed.
Blackwater's Version of Iraq Attack Disputed
Employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA are accused in the unprovoked shootings of Iraqi civilians in September. James Glanz, New York Times Baghdad bureau chief, says witnesses and Iraqi investigators dispute Blackwater's version of events.
Two Opposing Views on Women on the Battlefield
Current Pentagon policy that excludes women from ground combat units dates back to 1994. An opponent of women in combat say that rule is being violated, while a Pentagon official says the policy remains relevant and reasonable today.
Is Capitol Visitor Center Worth the Price Tag?
The vast underground complex by the U.S. Capitol is still being built. For tourists, there will be theaters, exhibits, a restaurant and gift shops. For Congress, it has meeting rooms, a media studio and more. But the price tag has more than doubled — to $621 million.
Jimmy Carter Fights Back in Darfur Exchange
The former U.S. president was involved in a tense verbal exchange Wednesday in Sudan while traveling with a delegation gathering information about the conflict that has left more than 200,000 people dead and more than 2 million displaced.