Public offers tax ideas, but are lawmakers listening? Minnesota Lawmakers have held hearings and set up a web site asking the public for ideas on how to solve the state's budget shortfall. One former legislator says some of those ideas are helpful, but the big decisions are usually dictated by party leaders.5:20 p.m.
Iran's Khatami Drops Out Of Presidential Race
Until this week, Iran's June 12 presidential election appeared as if it would present a clear choice between conservatism and reform. But the leading liberal politician, former President Mohammad Khatami, dropped a political bombshell Monday by withdrawing from the race.
Med Schools Pressed To Cut Drug-Firm Ties
Harvard Medical School has just launched a review of its ethics policies. Students protested what they describe as nonexistent or ineffective policies governing the drug industry's connections to doctors.
Willie Nelson Brings It Back To Western Swing
Two Austin musical institutions — Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel — have teamed up on a new album to showcase classic western swing. With horns, fiddles and a pedal steel guitar, the music takes Nelson back to his roots. The project has been in the works for a while, having hatched from the mind of the great Jerry Wexler more than 30 years ago.
Cuomo Probe Of AIG Yields Bonus Details
In a letter made public Tuesday, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said AIG paid bonuses of more than $1 million to 73 employees. Cuomo subpoenaed AIG in order to get more information about the bonuses.
Defending AIG's Bonuses
The level of anger directed at AIG over its bonus payments continues to rise. But amid the swell of popular outrage, there are those who say the bonuses are justifiable. Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times is among them.
AIG Complicates Obama's Strategy
Even before the latest flap over bonuses at AIG, the Obama administration appeared torn between attacking and defending some of the financial entities it needs to prop up in order to secure economic recovery.
Reports: Health Care For Potential Deportees Poor
Two new reports call on federal immigration authorities to address a lack of adequate health care for detainees. With some 400,000 people held by immigration authorities last year alone, stories abound of health care inadequacies — sometimes with fatal consequences.
Trade Dispute Flares Between U.S., Mexico
Mexico says it will impose tariffs on a broad range of American products in response to the cancellation of an American program that allowed Mexican trucks to transport goods throughout the U.S. One expert says he doubts Mexico wants to stoke a trade war.
U.S. Economy Discourages Foreign Day Laborers
Day laborers are finding work increasingly scarce as construction jobs are slowing. Some are debating returning to their home countries, but prospects for employment there are even darker.
Sports Key To Phoenix Suburb's Game Plan
The city of Glendale, outside Phoenix, is home to the NFL's Cardinals, the NHL's Coyotes, a number of baseball spring training facilities and various championship games. Will the city's courtship of sports help it weather the recession?