SPCO musicians skeptical of legality of new offer The contract dispute between management and musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra took an unprecedented twist today after St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman attempted to save the rest of the orchestra's season.5:20 p.m.
U.S. Pledges $200 Million To Jordan To Aid With Syrian Refugees
President Obama pledged $200 million in additional U.S. aid for Jordan on Friday to help in caring for a flood of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria. The pledge came as Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah II on the next-to-last day of the president's Middle East tour.
Week In Politics: Obama's Mideast Trip, Immigration, Gun Control
Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss President Obama's trip to the Middle East and the ongoing debates over immigration and gun control.
FCC Chairman Had Trouble Pleasing Interest Groups, Industry
Julius Genachowski announced on Friday that he will step down as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He began his tenure with an ambitious National Broadband Plan and made broadband access for all Americans his most frequent talking point. But many say his actual accomplishments fall short of his stated goals.
After Decade Of Detention, Guantanamo Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike
Twenty-six Guantanamo prisoners are on a hunger strike to protest their continued detention at the island facility. Eight of the men are being fed intravenously. Military officials say detainees told guards that they had stopped eating because of the lack of interest in their plight. Among their complaints: they weren't mentioned in President Obama's inaugural address or the State of the Union.
From Leadership Posts, Women Said To Be Changing Senate Tone
The 20 women in the U.S. Senate this year is the largest number in history. Female senators also now claim an unprecedented number of leadership positions. And several female senators interviewed say that is causing a change on Capitol Hill in the tone and process of legislating.
Former QB Drew Bledsoe Becomes Unlikely Lobbyist For Interstate Wine Sales
Robert Siegel speaks with former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. In retirement, Bledsoe has taken up winemaking in his home state of Washington — but a Massachusetts law banning wine shipments to residents is preventing some of his former fans from becoming customers. This week, Bledsoe traveled to the Massachusetts Statehouse to support a bill that would change that.
'The Croods': 3-D Cartoon Cavemen For The Whole Family
What's a road trip comedy without roads, cars or cities? The Croods is a good guess. An all-star cast and arresting 3-D graphics show this fun family film with Neanderthal roots is ultimately meant to launch a new franchise —which isn't necessarily a bad thing.