Interviews with Bachmann and Ellison
The newly-elected congressional representatives from around the country have all been in Washington for orientation sessions. The sessions have ranged from choosing staff to learning about ethics regulations.
Economics editor Chris Farrell was in Washington, and he caught up with two of the new members of Minnesota's delegation from adjoining districts, Republican Michele Bachmann, in the 6th District, and DFLer Keith Ellison from the 5th.4:50 p.m.
Mother of kidnapped Minnesotan: 'I want my son back' Paul Reuben, a former St. Louis Park police officer, was one of
four American private security contractors who, along with an
Austrian co-worker, were being held by what Iraqi security
officials were calling a criminal gang in the country's Safwan
A Hmong anniversary
The Hmong have been a presence in Minnesota for three decades. The first arrivals came in the mid-'70s. Now the community is more than 50,000 strong. And the arrival of one of the first Hmong families to the state will be marked this weekend by a St. Paul church. Minnesota Public Radio's Toni Randolph reports.5:18 p.m.
Carlton County's historic songs Some kids in Cloquet have found a different way to learn about their history. They've been working all week with folksinger Charlie Maguire, composing songs about the region.5:23 p.m.
Dean Johnson's future may involve a run against Coleman Outgoing Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson says he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2008. Johnson is the latest DFLer to say he is thinking about challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman in two years.5:50 p.m.
Sometimes it's best to ditch diplomacy Diplomacy has its limits, and some wonder if talk is the right solution. Here are some stories from people who have ditched diplomacy for confrontation, with mixed results.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Iraq, Gunmen Kidnap Americans from Convoy
In the third mass kidnapping in Iraq in the space of a week, gunmen attack a supply convoy near the border with Kuwait, seizing five Western contractors, including four Americans.
Biden: Put the Onus on Iraq's Government
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) has a plan to reduce the number of American troops by the end of 2007. He says it's time for the Iraqi government to step up and make the political concessions necessary to operate as a true unity government. Melissa Block talks with Biden.
Citing Taliban's Rise, Militias Seek to Re-Arm
The rise of the Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan threatens to destabilize the country's north, where militia commanders, are openly calling for their men to be re-armed. Some northern militia commanders agreed to hand over their weapons to the United Nations after the overthrow of the Taliban.
Democrats Pledge to Raise Ethics; Experts Await
Democrats taking over in Congress are promising a new era of commitment to higher ethical standards, including in their appropriation of funds and their relationships with lobbyists. But voters have heard such pledges before -- and advocates of cleaner government are eager to see the details.
Denver Mayor to Pay Election-Day Parking Tickets
Some Denver voters who received parking tickets on Election Day -- brought on, they say, by long lines at the city's polling stations -- will have their tickets paid for by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Computer problems created delays around the city; the mayor is offering to pay the fines of people ticketed within six blocks of a voting center during voting hours. Melissa Block talks with Hickenlooper.
Meat Workers Walk Out, Protesting ID Checks
At the world's largest pork processor, Smithfield in Tar Heel, N.C., 500 non-union workers walked off the job. They're protesting the company's firing of workers whose Social Security numbers could not be verified. From member station WUNC, Leoneda Inge reports.
Child Migrants in U.S. Alone Get Sheltered, Deported
A growing number of illegal immigrants in the United States are children who've come alone. The U.S. approach to these children is conflicted: Immigration officials still work to deport them, even as Health and Human Services operates a network of shelters to care for them.
The Evolution of James Bond Continues
Michele Norris talks with NPR film critic Bob Mondello about the evolution of James Bond. The 21st official Bond film, Casino Royale comes out today, with a new Bond. Mondello says Daniel Craig's Bond recalls the style and humanity of the early days.
Michigan Coaching Legend Schembechler Dies
The man who became one of college football's great coaches during two decades at the University of Michigan has died. Bo Schembechler collapsed today during the taping of a television show. He was 77. Steve Carmody reports.