Bud Squealig takes the mound
The St. Paul Saints will introduce a new a porcine mascot at their 2006 home opener tonight against the St. Joseph Blacksnakes. "Bud Squealig" is just one new name fans will come across at Midway stadium this year. The Saints' have joined a new league, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, also known as the American Association. Saints general manager Derek Sharrer says the new league is a mix of the novel and the familiar.5:23 p.m.
Cheney thanks Minnesota National Guard members Vice President Dick Cheney was in Minnesota Monday to give a boost to military personnel as well as Republican candidates. Cheney spoke at a rally for the Minnesota National Guard at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He also attended a GOP fundraiser at a private residence.5:49 p.m.
Crossing culinary borders As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Commentator Nikki Tundel says that makes Americans voracious multiculturalists.6:25 p.m.
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Bush Calls for Troops, Funds to Secure Border
President Bush proposes adding up to 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border to curb illegal immigration, as well as creating a temporary or "guest" worker program. The president delivered a speech on immigration in a live address Monday.
America Loses a Treasure: Stanley Kunitz
The former U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz has died. He was 100. The Pulitzer Prize-winner was known for his expressive verse, social commitment and generosity to young writers. His career spanned three-quarters of a century.
Tiny Houses Find a Friend on the Gulf Coast
Bigger is not better for a growing number of homeowners who live in, or use, tiny homes. The storm-ravaged Gulf Coast — where much of the housing is gone — is one place where miniature homes are trying to take root.
President to Address Nation About Border Plan
President Bush is set to propose a plan to use thousands of National Guard troops to bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president is expected to announce the widely reported plan during a national TV address from the Oval Office tonight.
Military, Congress Await Details of Bush Plan
The plan to firm up a porous Southern border by sending in the National Guard suggests the White House sees illegal immigration as an emergency. But the real target of this administration's move may be in Washington, where Congress is debating what to do about people in the country illegally.
On Mexican Border, U.S. Military Low-Key
In the area around Tucson, Ariz., the border has become much more militarized in recent years, with checkpoints, fences, and many more Border Patrol agents. A few members of the National Guard are there as well, but so far, they've played a minor role.
Mexico's Fox Uneasy with Bush's Border Plan
Mexican President Vicente Fox, called President Bush over the weekend to express concern about what he fears are plans to "militarize" the border. He reportedly was reassured that the military support would be administrative. However, interest is high in Mexico about Bush’s scheduled speech to discuss his plan to send thousands of National Guard troops to the border.
Rove: Bush Policies Will Be Key to GOP Victory
White House senior adviser Karl Rove says that Bush administration policies will be the difference in this year's elections, saying they will help Republicans win. Rove was discussing the policies with conservatives at the American Enterprise Institute.
Bush Loses Evangelical Trail On Way to the Border
President Bush is having a difficult time reaching out to his evangelical base, says NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr. And these days, it's no more apparent than on the issue of immigration.
Spate of Gator Attacks Has Floridians Nervous
Florida has suffered a rash of alligator attacks in the past week. A jogger was killed last week in Fort Lauderdale, and two other women were killed in two separate alligator attacks this weekend. Melissa Block talks with Nick Wiley, director of the Hunting and Game Division of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.