Stakes high for mining projects with Dayton's DNR pick Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to announce soon his choice for Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. The stakes are particularly high in Northern Minnesota where controversial new mining projects pit water quality against the promise of new jobs.4:54 p.m.
A remembrance of WWII resistance fighter Reidar Dittmann Reidar Dittmann, a retired professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield who was a prisoner at a German concentration camp during World War II, is being remembered by friends as a man committed to helping people marginalized by society. Dittmann died recently at the age of 88.5:54 p.m.
Boehner Takes Gavel As New House Gets To Work
Ohio Republican John Boehner was elected Speaker of the House on Wednesday, as dozens of new Republican lawmakers swarmed the Hill with their families -- and the House got down to the business of changing its rules and reining in spending.
What Lies Ahead For The 112th Congress?
As the 112th Congress begins, Robert Siegel checks in with two representatives we first met four years ago -- Republican Peter Roskam from the Chicago suburbs, and Democrat Gabrielle Giffords from Tucson. Each talks about what they see as their party's agenda in the new Congress, in particular on the subject of health care.
Lawmakers Talk Bipartisanship; Will It Last?
Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives talked Wednesday about working together in this new Congress to get the nation's business done. How long will this honeymoon last? Michele Norris talks with co-host Robert Siegel, who's spending the day on Capitol Hill.
Landmark Coal Mine Safety Enforcement Case Settled
The Labor Department's use of its toughest enforcement tool has resulted in a court-supervised settlement with coal mine giant Massey Energy, giving the federal court jurisdiction over Massey's Freedom Mine.
The Many Lives Of The 'Death Panel'
Though the Obama administration recently deleted a reference in regulations to end-of-life planning during annual physicals for Medicare patients, it's still legal for physicians to talk with patients about care when faced with a terminal illness.
Senate Democrats Seek Changes To Filibuster Rules
There's a proposal in the Senate to change rules surrounding the filibuster. Democrats are looking to weaken the minority party's ability to use legislative roadblocks. Host Michele Norris gets an explanation of the proposals from NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving.
Obama Picks New Nominee For Legal Counsel's Office
The White House has nominated Virginia Seitz to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, after another nominee stepped aside. If she is confirmed, Seitz will run a unit that became famous for approving waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods in the Bush years.
Letters: Supernova Sleuth; Gerry Rafferty
Listeners weigh in on our interview with 10-year-old Kathryn Aurora Gray, the youngest person ever to discover a Supernova; and our remembrance of singer and songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who died this week at age 63. NPR's Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.
Training And Trust: Partners On The Flying Trapeze
When your job is to soar and somersault 45 feet above the ground, you really have to trust your co-workers. As part of NPR's series on creative partnerships, Elizabeth Blair talked with "flier" Andrey Shapin and "catcher" Sergei Philippenko, two trapeze artists in Cirque du Soleil.