House poised to vote on food stamp cuts Food stamp funding has long been part of the farm bill, but after a disagreement over food stamp cuts sank a version of the farm bill, House Republicans in June decided to vote on the issue separately.5:20 p.m.
House GOP Leaders Now Say Defund Obamacare Or Face Shut Down
After initially resisting a plan to tie a continuing resolution funding the government past Sept. 30 to a "defunding" of Obamacare, House leaders announced Wednesday they would do just that, possibly as early as the end of the week. That would put the whole drama into the laps of the Senate, where Democrats will likely strip out the Obamacare language and send it right back to the House.
Obama Looks To Businesses For Back Up In Budget, Debt Fights
President Obama addressed business leaders in Washington Wednesday. Facing back-to-back budget conflicts with Republicans in Congress over the federal budget and debt ceiling in the next few weeks, Obama is looking to the business community to back his view that political showdowns put the economy at risk.
Will Walgreens Workers Pay More After Health Care Change?
Walgreens today became the latest major US company to announce that it's shifting it's employees healthcare benefits over to a new so-called private exchange system. Some 160,000 Walgreens workers will now be shopping for their healthcare on an online marketplace with scores of different insurance companies offering competing coverage plans. The hope is that such systems will hold down rising costs. But consumer advocates worry the trend could mean that workers will end up shouldering more of the cost of their own healthcare.
A Cable Car Ride Gives Insight Into Rio's 'Pacified' Favelas
Brazil's favelas, or slums, are notoriously violent places, and in recent years, the Brazilian government has attempted to establish order through police-run "pacification" programs. A cable car ride above several favelas gives a clearer view of what's happened in the communities in recent years.
Navy Yard Shooter's Mother Speaks Out As Inquiry Continues
As the investigation into the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday continues, the mother of Aaron Alexis released a statement expressing her deep sympathy for the families of the victims. President Obama says he'll attend a memorial service for the victims this weekend, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Defense Department will undertake a rapid review of security procedures.
After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How To Treat Mentally Ill
Before the Navy Yard shooting, a spate of killings and assaults by mentally ill transients unnerved Seattle residents, prompting questions and discussion. This week's tragedy in Washington, D.C., has added extra energy to that debate.
Creepy Kid From 'The Shining' Back In New Stephen King Book
Whatever happened to that kid in Stephen's King novel The Shining? King answers that question with his new book, Doctor Sleep, delving back into Danny Torrance's life. Alan Cheuse reviews King's new novel, and finds it just as terrifying as it's precursor.
Daniel Craig Heads Back To Broadway With 'Betrayal'
The actor joins NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about an upcoming revival of the 1978 Harold Pinter play. In the show, directed by Mike Nichols, Craig is acting with his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz — but he says the two don't talk about it outside the office.
Brazil's New Middle Class: A Better Life, Not An Easy One
Brazil has been one of the world's economic success stories over the past decade, with tens of millions rising out of poverty. Their numbers have risen sharply, but many feel their foothold in the middle class is still tenuous.