Hmong community, military leader Vang Pao dies at 81 Gen. Vang Pao, a key U.S. ally during the Vietnam War, died Thursday near Fresno, Calif. He was 81. The military leader is described by admirers as a warrior chieftain of the 18 Hmong clans he helped lead.5:17 p.m.
The Dinner Party Download featuring Tennis This week on the Dinner Party Download, an icebreaker from director Spike Jonze, drink inspiration from the Washington Generals, and a chat with musician-couple Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, aka Tennis.6:19 p.m.
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Obama Names New Top Economic Adviser
President Barack Obama named Gene Sperling as his new National Economic Counsel director. Sperling will be move over from Treasury to replace Lawrence Summers.
Week In Politics: Obama's Team, Congress, Budget
Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the week in politics. On the agenda: the evolving new White House team, the new House leadership and how it will all shake out for the budget.
Calif. Officials Seek Control Over Insurance Premiums
Blue Shield of California has shocked its policyholders with a proposal to raise premiums by as much as 59 percent, effective March 1. The San Francisco-based company says the higher rates are needed to cover fast-rising costs. It's the second time in less than a year that a California health insurer has asked for a whopping increase. Last year, Anthem Blue Cross drew sharp criticism from the Obama administration after requesting a 39 percent rate hike. Anthem Blue Cross ultimately settled for a 20-percent hike.
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Reid Says He'll Work With Republicans
This week, the 112th Congress began, with Republicans in charge in the House, and a much slimmer majority for Democrats in the Senate. Michele Norris talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, about the new Congress -- how he'll work with Republicans, his Democratic colleague's proposal to change filibuster rules, and the Republicans' attempts to repeal the health care law.
McConnell Says He'll Be A Force In Senate
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been talking tough since the November elections. After the GOP won big in November, he pronounced his No. 1 political aim: to make President Obama a one-term president. In December, he showed his political acumen once again -- forcing the Democrats to extend the Bush tax cuts and to scrap an omnibus bill. He promises to continue to be a force in 2011. Melissa Block talks with McConnell about the GOP agenda in the weeks ahead, including the repeal of the health care law and reductions in federal spending.
The 'Twilight Softness' Of 'Radioactive'
In her new, stunning visual biography, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, Lauren Redniss describes (and draws) the marriage and discoveries of the famous scientific couple.
Elements Get An Atomic Weight Makeover
For the first time in history, the standard weights of 10 elements will get expressed in a way that will more accurately reflect how the elements are found in nature. Melissa Block and Michele Norris explore the implications.