Obama's health care speech: Why Minnesota? President Obama tried to jumpstart his campaign for health care reform when he spoke to a joint session of Congress last night. And he'll continue the effort during a rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon.5:20 p.m.
High Court Hears Campaign Finance Arguments
Not waiting for the first Monday in October, the Supreme Court returned Wednesday for arguments in a case that could transform American politics. In its ruling, the court could reverse decades of its own decisions that have blocked corporate spending on federal candidate elections.
Comparing Obama's Health Care Speech To Clinton's
President Obama's speech before a joint session of Congress calls to mind President Clinton's speech 16 years ago to defend his health care efforts. Paul Begala, who helped write Clinton's heath care address, says Clinton didn't encounter the same vehemence that Obama faces, but the proposal was in trouble.
Souped-Up Hubble Makes A Comeback
NASA has released the first collection of views from the recently refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. Thanks to new imagers installed in May 2009 during a visit from the space shuttle Atlantis, the 19-year-old orbiting observatory is more powerful than ever.
Jay-Z Stays Fresh On 'The Blueprint 3' The Blueprint 3 is the latest release by rapper Jay-Z; it's the second sequel to one of his best-known releases, 2001's The Blueprint. It's also Jay-Z's 11th solo album in 13 years, making him one of hip-hop's most prolific artists. Reviewer Oliver Wang suggests that, even this far into his career, the rapper is still finding ways to stay on top.
Mexican Hijack Drama Ends
A senior Mexican security official says a Bolivian religious fanatic told police he hijacked a flight from Cancun after receiving a divine revelation. The flight's passengers and crew were all safe.
How To Brand A Government Initiative
President Obama's speech Wednesday is as much about how he's governing as how is he branding his message. David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard's Kennedy School and director of its Center for Public Leadership, says branding a government initiative is sometimes accidental and sometimes intentional.
Speeches Show Bully Pulpit's Limits, Strengths
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says President Obama's speech Wednesday may help dispel some misinformation about health care legislation. But, he says, the hard part comes later, when Obama must spend time on the phone or in person with legislators.
9/9/09: A Memorable Wedding Date
Those getting married on Sept. 9, 2009, are unlikely to forget their anniversary. That could be one reason why chapels in Reno, Nev., and Las Vegas are doing a booming business Wednesday. Pat Simpson, co-owner of the Arch of Reno Wedding Chapel, says they usually have five to 10 weddings midweek, but are expecting more than 19.
In The Bronx, A Theater Performance On A Bus
All the world's a stage, and the folks at the Foundry Theatre want to drive people around it. Their newest theater piece takes place on a charter bus winding its way through the South Bronx. The performance is part tour, part narrative, but the star is the Bronx itself.