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All Things Considered
Friday, December 8, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Press leaks shape world events
    With the major Iraq-related news of recent days, press leaks seem to have shaped events as much as any political figure. The long-awaited Iraq Study Group report showed up in the New York Times a week before its authors officially planned to share it with President Bush. That was followed by a leaked report from Bush's national security advisor, expressing a lack of confidence in the Iraqi prime minister. Then there was a leaked memo from Donald Rumsfeld, suggesting a "major adjustment" in tactics in Iraq -- written just days before he resigned.Our regular media analyst David Brauer is here to talk about what is up with all this leaking.4:52 p.m.
  • Indian studentsFilm crew revisits Indian boarding schools
    A new film being shot in northern Minnesota is shedding light on Indian boarding schools, one of the darker chapters in the recent history of Native Americans.4:53 p.m.
  • Rep. Mark OlsonRep. Olson dumped from House GOP caucus
    Republicans in the Minnesota House have voted to suspend Rep. Mark Olson from their caucus just five days before Olson is scheduled to make a court appearance on domestic assault charges.5:22 p.m.
  • New insurance plan targets young adults
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has come up with a new insurance plan targeting those who are least likely to purchase health insurance for themselves. The plan, called Simply Blue, is designed to attract young adults -- though people of any age can purchase it. It covers preventive care, prescription drugs, and could prevent a financial catastrophe in case of an accident.5:26 p.m.
  • Merger target?Is a merger in Northwest Airlines' future?
    Shares in bankrupt Northwest Airlines are up nearly 50 percent today on speculation that the carrier might merge with another airline.5:49 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rumsfeld Begins Exit from Pentagon Post
    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld holds a last "town hall" meeting for Pentagon employees. He spoke of the Iraq war, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and his own place in history.
  • Rumsfeld's Detainee Liability Case Advances
    A federal judge hears arguments in Washington, D.C., on whether former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can be held liable for harsh treatment of detainees by the military.
  • Iraqi Moderate Finds He Can't Go Home Again
    Laith Kubba, an Iraqi exile, supported efforts to topple Saddam Hussein. He served in the first government following the ouster. But he says there is no room for moderates in Iraq -- and he doesn't see himself going back anytime soon.
  • Link Between Mideast Talks, Iraq Peace Questioned
    One recommendation of the Iraq Study Group is for the U.S. to deal directly deal with the Arab-Israeli conflict. But will progress in that area translate to peace in Iraq?
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick and the Cold War
    Jeane Kirkpatrick, the U.N. ambassador during the Reagan administration, was a strong supporter of forceful dealings with the Soviet Union. In the wake of Kirkpatrick's death, Thomas Mann, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, looks back at her impact.
  • Zen Dissident Ousted from Chinese Temple
    A Zen Buddhist master is expelled from his temple in southern China, accused of illicit relations with women in the congregation. He denies the charges, and there are suspicions he is being persecuted for his political beliefs.
  • The Sounds of Buddhists Chanting
    Some of our listeners collect sounds when they travel. One of them is Scott Van Dutton from Oceanside, Calif. He shares a soundclip of the sounds of Buddhist chanting in Nara, just outside Kyoto, Japan.
  • 'Next' from Crichton: Genetic Technology
    Michael Crichton, best-selling purveyor of the sci-fi thriller genre, writes a novel about genetic technology and its potential results. But he's not really writing about the future in Next; it's all happening now.
  • Wild Camels Run Amok in Australia's Outback
    Hundreds of thousands of feral camels roam Australia's outback. The descendants of dromedaries imported in the 19th century, these animals are now raced for fun, slaughtered for their meat and hunted to thin their vast numbers.
  • House Leadership Chided for Foley Scandal
    The House Ethics Committee says GOP leaders were "negligent" in handling reports a colleague was harassing congressional pages. But they say no rules were broken.

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