GOP legislators who pushed MinnCare cuts under scrutiny for ties to insurers A Republican state representative who steered legislation through the House to drop thousands of people from state-run MinnesotaCare is an independent contractor for an insurance brokerage firm that lobbied for the change. Rep. Steve Gottwalt and his Senate counterpart, David Hann, have business links to the insurance industry, which has some other lawmakers asking whether the arrangement violates ethics rules.4:49 p.m.
Obama Backs Michigan Unions Over 'Right To Work'
President Barack Obama traveled to Redford, Mich., on Monday to carry on his campaign to cut a budget deal with House Republicans that includes raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. He spoke to workers at a diesel facility.
Raising Taxes A Key Sticking Point In Fiscal Cliff Talks
Congress had hoped to be out of town for the holidays by the end of this week. That's not looking likely anymore, with the negotiations on efforts to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts moving slowly, if at all. Tamara Keith talks to Audie Cornish.
U.S.-Israeli Relations Remain Complicated
Robert Siegel talks to Martin Indyk, Former Ambassador to Israel and current vice president of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. He is also the co-author of Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy. They discuss Israel, and the complicated relations it has with the United States and its neighbors. He talks about what needs to come next to keep the tensions between Israel and other state players from spinning out of control.
Hunger Still Haunts North Korea, Citizens Say
A U.N. report says North Korea has more food than in previous years. But North Koreans who spoke to NPR say conditions are still dire. Food has become too expensive for many North Koreans, and people are dying of hunger, they say.
Book Review: 'Ru'
Alan Cheuse reviews the first novel of Kim Thuy, Ru. The 2009 book has just been translated from French to English.
Spain's Crisis Leads To Rise Of Grass-Roots Groups
The country's protest movement has evolved into a broad range of groups now filling the gaps left by the eroding welfare state. From doctors to teachers and homeowners to judges, Spaniards are organizing.
Blue States Likely To Be Hit Hardest By Tax Increases
Robert Siegel speaks with Joel Kotkin, a Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and an adjunct fellow with the Legatum Institute in London, about blue states in the U.S., economic self interest and a potential economic suicide pact.
Many Apps For Children Still Raise Privacy Concerns, FTC Says
The agency says that among its most troubling findings is that many apps for kids share such information as geolocations with third parties. Developers need to do more to improve privacy protections and to tell parents what they're doing, the agency reports.
A Classical Musician's Game Theory
"Good music is good music," violinist Angèle Dubeau says. The Canadian musician interprets theme music from Halo, Angry Birds and other video games on her latest album.