Emmer observers make more ballot challenges There are more ballots to count in Hennepin County than any other Minnesota county, almost a half million and the lower level of the government center was bustling with activity even before the first ballot boxes were opened.5:20 p.m.
A public defender's day: 12 minutes per client Fewer than 400 Minnesota public defenders will handle about 170,000 cases this year. That's more than double the caseload recommended by the American Bar Association. To illustrate the problems that arise, we recently followed a public defender for a day in court.5:46 p.m.
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State Department On Damage Control After Leaks
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the disclosure by WikiLeaks an attack not just on America's foreign policy interests, but also on U.S. alliances and partnerships. Clinton said she's determined to limit the diplomatic fallout. Even before the document dump, she was working the phones.
The Diplomatic Fallout From Leaked Documents
For more on the diplomatic fallout from the leaked State Department cables, NPR's Guy Raz talks to Christopher Hill, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and former chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea.
A Primer On The Government's 'Private Internet'
It is believed that the leaked diplomatic cables came from the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network -- or SIPRNET. That's the secure "private Internet" used by the military and the State Department. But the network's security is only as reliable as the people using it.
WikiLeaks Release Reverberates Across Europe
From Moscow to London to Paris to Rome and beyond, WikiLeaks' release of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables has caused embarrassment, anger and possibly some damage in Washington's relations with European governments.
NYT Editor On The Decision To Post Leaked Cables
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, about the paper's decision to publish the leaked diplomatic documents. Keller says the newspaper received the leaked cable from the British paper The Guardian, and he acknowledges that while some foreign leaders may be embarrassed and upset that the U.S. didn't do a better job with protecting their privacy, he says: "I don't think that a bit of embarrassment trumps their own national and personal interest."
Potential 'Don't Ask' Repeal Raises Practical Questions
Some of the questions the Pentagon will have to answer if the law barring openly gay troops is repealed: Will legal gay marriages be recognized in the military? If not, will gay partners get the same benefits as straight married couples? And do housing arrangements need to be changed?
Luther Vandross: The Velvet Voice
The late soul singer's legendary voice has been called "flawless" and "as smooth as silk." It's been known to create an atmosphere of pure romance: For many years, Vandross was the go-to singer for when you wanted to get in the mood.
Iran Blames U.S. For Nuclear Scientist's Death
Separate car bomb blasts killed one Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded another in Tehran. One of the victims was described as a key figure in one of Iran's main nuclear projects. President Ahmadinejad blamed the attacks on Israel and the U.S. He also dismissed revelations in the WikiLeaks documents as "mischief" aimed at making trouble between Iran and its Arab neighbors.