PoliGraph: Horner's health care claim checks out In response to a comment made by Republican candidate Tom Emmer about increasing the competitiveness of health insurance in the state, Independence candidate Tom Horner said Minnesota needs to consider federal dollars meant to help states set up health insurance exchanges.4:51 p.m.
Neighbors remember mother, children killed Scores of people gathered in Bilha Omare's front yard Wednesday afternoon to remember her, her daughter and son, a week after they were all found dead in their third-floor apartment.5:23 p.m.
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Home Foreclosures Continue Despite Delays
Two major mortgage lenders announced plans to resume taking back homes as soon as possible. But delays over questionable paperwork have not eliminated the threat of foreclosure for homeowners.
Troops Discharged For Being Gay Line Up To Re-Enlist
After a U.S. district judge rejected the government's latest efforts to stop her order telling the military to stop enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, recruiters have been told to accept openly gay recruits for the first time. But recruiters have also been told they must tell potential recruits this policy could change at any time, and the court could grant a stay. Still, in recent days, a number of service members who were discharged for being gay have tried to re-enlist.
In Support Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
On Tuesday, we heard from a military group that supports the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell. Today, NPR's Melissa Block talks to Retired Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, who has an opposing view.
Robert Dallek On 'The Lost Peace'
Robert Siegel interviews Robert Dallek about his new book. Dallek argues that after WWII leaders fears and misconceptions of each other drew the world into the Cold War.
U.S. Announces $60 Billion Arms Sale To Saudis
On Wednesday, the State Department announced a large arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including 84 F-15 aircraft, 70 Apache helicopters, 72 Black Hawk helicopters and 36 light attack helicopters. Weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia often provoke strong opposition in the U.S. Congress and in Israel, but the State Department has conferred with both and expresses confidence that the sale will be approved.
China Flexes Muscles With Rare Earth Export Cut
Last month, Beijing blocked shipments to Japan following a diplomatic dispute. Now, reports are emerging that China has also cut back on rare earth exports to the U.S. following an investigation into complaints Beijing is unfairly favoring its green industry sector.
Health Care Law's Opponents Steer Education Efforts
President Obama signed the health law in March and told voters to read up on it. But opponents of the law have done most of the educating on what it means. Polls show the public remains not only sharply divided over the merits of the measure, but confused about what it does.
Illinois Sheriff Employs 'Exterminator' To Fight Crime
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department in Illinois has implemented a new way to fight crime. It's an armored car with multiple cameras and streaming video capabilities. They'll park it in front of troublemakers' homes to deter crime. NPR's Melissa Block talks to the county's sheriff, Mearl Justus, about the new armored car that he's calling "The Exterminator."
Nearly A Quarter Of Afghan Ballots Disqualified
The Afghan election commission has thrown out nearly a quarter of the ballots from last month's parliamentary elections, on grounds of fraud. More than 200 (of more than 2,000) candidates are also under investigation for alleged efforts to skew the results. But overall, analysts say the parliamentary vote was an improvement over the presidential election in 2009.