Recount is done; board lets Emmer review frivolous challenges The manual review of ballots in the Minnesota governor's race has concluded. Hennepin County wrapped up its recount Friday evening, joining the other 86 counties that finished their hand tallies earlier in the week. Meanwhile, ballot challenges called frivolous will get additional scrutiny from lawyers in the Minnesota governor's recount.5:17 p.m.
Citizens League fosters 'Common Sense' dialog about budget The Citizens League is hosting a series of community meetings, called the "Common Cents" project, to get residents involved in the discussion over how to address the state's projected $6.2 billion budget shortfall. MPR's Tom Crann talked with the director of the project.5:22 p.m.
Dinner Party Download featuring Diplo This week's edition of Dinner Party Download features a conversation with Diplo, a sought-after music producer, best known as the guy who produced M.I.A.'s hit "Paper Planes."6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Persistent Uncertainty Keeps Employers From Hiring
The jobs report released Friday morning was a big disappointment. The nation's unemployment rate increased in November to 9.8 percent and employers added only 39 thousand jobs to payrolls. At a factory floor in New Hampshire, the owner weighs the possibility of hiring more workers.
Week In Politics: Debt And Taxes
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the week in politics.
More Than One Way To Pronounce Qatar
When FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, it set off debates about infrastructure, press freedom, bid rigging ... and pronunciation. How do you say "Qatar" anyway?
Political Crisis Deepens In Ivory Coast
Guy Raz speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election. The constitutional council declared incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo the winner over the opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara on Friday, reversing the outcome backed by independent observers and raising fears of violence.
'Cascade' Of Failures Led To Qantas Landing
Robert Siegel speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Andy Pasztor about the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's report on the Qantas Airbus that had to make an emergency landing last month after an engine exploded. The report details how in addition to the engine blowout, two other engines were failing, there were multiple electrical failures on board and problems with a leaking fuel system. The Australians found that a problem with a misaligned oil pipe was the culprit that caused the engine to explode.
GOP Pushes Harder For The 'Americano' Vote
In last month's election, Latino voters again sided solidly with the Democrats. It's a trend that's increasingly worrisome to the GOP. Among several outreach efforts, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has started a website, The Americano, which hosted a forum this week.
Cables Paint Unflattering Picture Of Karzai's Brother
Documents written by American diplomats and obtained by the group WikiLeaks showcase something that's long been known about Afghanistan: that corruption is widespread and an obstacle to success in the war there. The diplomatic cables, in particular, reveal concerns about the brother of the Afghan president. Ahmed Wali Karzai is a top official in Kandahar.