GOP Conflicted About Debt Ceiling Issue
President Obama has agreed to accept a deficit-cutting package along with the higher debt ceiling the U.S. needs to continue borrowing, but he wants more revenue alongside the spending cuts. The Republican Party is still wrestling with its response — and even with the concept of the debt ceiling itself.
Rep. Roskam Discusses Budget Talks
Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) talks to Robert Siegel about the deficit-reduction talks — and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's proposal for breaking the impasse.
Haqqani Discusses Troubled Pakistani-U.S. Relations
High-level military and intelligence officers from the U.S. and Pakistan are meeting Wednesday, both here and there, trying to ratchet down tensions in a troubled relationship between two allies. The U.S. has suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan. That came after Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lent credence to reports that Pakistani authorities sanctioned the murder of a journalist who was critical of the Pakistani intelligence service. Pakistan labeled Mullen's remarks "extremely irresponsible and unfortunate." That exchange compounded ill-feelings generated by the killing of Osama bin Laden. Robert Siegel speaks with Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, about the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan.
In Minn., State Shutdown Continues
Robert Siegel speaks with Minnesota Public Radio political reporter Tom Scheck for a check in on the ongoing state shutdown and budget negotiations.
Exxon Mobil Discusses Mont. Oil Spill
Montana state officials are accusing oil giant Exxon Mobil of not being transparent or forthright on the oil spill that has fouled the state's Yellowstone River. Michele Norris speaks with Gary Pruessing, the president of ExxonMobil Pipeline Co., about those accusations, the spill and his company's reaction.
China Seeks To Carve Out A Space Of Its Own
Having sent "taikonauts" into orbit, China now has the moon and a space station on its horizon. One educator says he doesn't think China will ever "be No. 1" at the rate it's going, but there's a focus on the future — like a new space education center in Beijing, where kids can simulate a rocket launch.
Summer Sounds: Radio Jingles
Lee Warner grew up moving town to town, and his memory of summer was always linked to the radio stations in the new locale. He offers this contribution to our series Summer Sounds.
Obama Takes Big Lead In Raising Re-Election Cash
Many parts of the economy are strapped for cash this summer, but President Obama's re-election effort is not one of them. It pulled in $86 million in the second quarter. That's a massive amount of cash compared with what Republican candidates have been able to raise in their primary races.