Mayor R.T. Rybak reacts to Obama's economic plan President-elect Barack Obama made a major economic policy speech this morning. He outlined his plans to invest in science and technology to develop America's 21st century economy. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was at Obama's speech at George Mason University near Washington Tom Crann talked to him about what he thought about Obama's plan.5:14 p.m.
Target, other retailers face tough road ahead It wasn't a very good Christmas for Target and other retailers. December sales numbers released today left little doubt. But, retailers are bracing themselves perhaps even tougher times ahead.5:22 p.m.
Is a runoff election a better way? Days after Minnesota finished recounting nearly three million votes in the U.S. Senate race, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle say they think there might be a better way. They say Minnesota should think about instituting runoff elections in close races.5:51 p.m.
Obama To Congress: Act On Stimulus Plan
President-elect Obama said congressional inaction on his economic stimulus package could make a bad situation dramatically worse. In a speech at George Mason University, outside Washington, Obama blamed the economic crisis on "an era of profound irresponsibility."
Deficit Projections Spur Debt Fears
The Congressional Budget Office is predicting a $1.2 trillion federal deficit for 2009, a record both in dollars and as a percentage of the gross domestic product. Many people are concerned high deficits will push overall debt levels dangerously high.
U.N. Official In Gaza Discusses Aid Suspension
The U.N. Relief And Works Agency has suspended operations in the Gaza Strip after one of its drivers was killed by Israeli fire. John Ging, UNRWA's director of operations in Gaza, says the suspension of aid is "a disaster" for the people of Gaza. He says Israel had approved the movement of the aid convoy.
Economic Pressures Test Cubans' Pride, Patience
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro's ascent to power in Cuba. Now, the country faces tough economic times. Many are frustrated by the communist system, but others still feel a sense of pride in and loyalty to the "revolution."
Letters: Bush Presidency
Listeners sent in their thoughts in response to a review of the highs and lows of the Bush presidency.
Oakland Transit Shooting Sparks Riot
The fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train is raising tensions in Oakland, Calif. On Wednesday night, a riot followed a peaceful demonstration as protesters set dumpsters on fire and broke windows.
Despite Glitz, Economy Hits College Football
The excess of the college football bowl season hasn't been visibly diminished by the recession, but with the economic downturn some companies may have second thoughts about sponsoring bowl games. Also, a straightforward playoff system may become more compelling.
Auto Models Rev Up To Sell At Detroit Auto Show
Auto models have been showing off cars for decades, but now they play a much bigger role in selling vehicles, according to Margery Krevsky, who runs an auto modeling talent agency. They may be needed this year more than ever with the industry in the tank.
At Home In Paris With Pianist Martial Solal
He still isn't very well-known in the U.S., but Solal is considered one of the greatest living European jazz musicians. And at 81, the pianist still keeps a schedule of concerts and club gigs that would wear out someone half his age.
U.N. Agency Suspends Work In Gaza
A U.N. aid agency working to provide aid to Gaza has suspended operations after one of its truck drivers was killed by Israeli fire. Earlier, Israel declared another brief lull to allow in humanitarian supplies. Meanwhile, three rockets launched from Lebanon landed in Israel.