Emmer's camp steps up ballot challenges on day 2 of recount The recount in the governor's race entered its second day today, and in some places local election officials found increasing objections to their ballot calls from Republican Tom Emmer's side. That's especially the case in Hennepin County.5:20 p.m.
Cravaack, Wis. counterpart emphasize spending cuts Incoming Republican U.S. Reps. Chip Cravaack and Sean Duffy met in Duluth Tuesday for a briefing on Great Lakes, port and shipping issues. Afterward, they provided few specifics about their positions on those or other issues -- beyond the need to rein in federal spending.5:24 p.m.
Twain's Summer Home: Visiting Elmira, N.Y.
For 20 summers, Mark Twain wrote novels in a small cottage on Quarry Farm in Elmira, N.Y. Now, 175 years after Twain's birth, NPR's Tom Vitale makes a pilgrimage to the author's grave in Elmira's rolling hills.
Pentagon: No Lasting Harm In Repealing 'Don't Ask'
A new report by the Pentagon says repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy would have no long-term impact on the military's effectiveness. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Tuesday that most concerns associated with repealing the 17-year-old ban on gays serving openly could be addressed through increased training and education. For more, host Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Rachel Martin.
Supreme Court Weighs Calif. Prison Overcrowding
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that pits California's right to run its prisons against the Constitution's guarantee that those behind bars get basic minimum medical care.
Comcast, NBC And The Future Of Online Video
The much-anticipated merger of Comcast and NBC Universal could be approved by federal regulators by the end of the year. But public interest groups are concerned that the new megacompany will hold so much power that it will throttle competition in the nascent online video market.
Senate OKs Bill Overhauling Food Safety Rules
A long-delayed bill overhauling food safety regulations overcame a major hurdle Tuesday, when the Senate voted 73-25 to send it on to expected approval from the House. The bill expands the authority of the Food and Drug Administration and sets safety standards for imported food. It also exempts small farmers and farmers markets from new regulations.
WikiLeaks Raises Specter Of Biometric Data
Among the cables obtained by WikiLeaks are several that point to the State Department's directive to embassy staff to collect human intelligence on foreign diplomats, including biometric information. NPR's Guy Raz talks to Stephanie Schuckers, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson University, about how one might go about collecting biometric information.
Should Portland Rejoin Terrorism Task Force?
Last week, FBI agents arrested a 19-year-old man, accused of trying to detonate what he thought were explosives at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland. But the bomb was a fake, given to the suspect by undercover federal agents. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to the mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, who didn't know about the sting operation because five years ago, Portland became the first U.S. city to opt out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Alleged Portland Bomber To Claim Entrapment
To be sure, the FBI did provide a van and the fake explosives that were supposed to terrorize the crowds that had gathered the day after Thanksgiving for the annual lighting of the tree in downtown Portland -- but providing the means to do something isn't enough for entrapment.
Thousands Duped By Midwest Housing Scam
An investment offer pitched to several thousand Canadians and Americans in 2008 on a traveling investment infomercial/seminar circuit has gone terribly wrong. Several companies offered buyers what they pitched as an opportunity to take advantage of the foreclosure crisis: buying foreclosed homes at low prices and then collecting payments on a rent-to-own basis from people who would live in those houses. Legal documents show about 1,200 properties across the Midwest were sold to investors from the U.S. and Canada, but deeds were rarely transferred.