Franken reacts GOP win in Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown won a special election in Massachusetts to fill the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy. He beat Democrat Martha Coakley who had a big lead in public opinion polls early in the race.6:55 a.m.
Johnson talks about leading Minneapolis schools Bernadeia Johnson has been tapped to lead the Minneapolis public schools. Johnson, who is the district's deputy superintendent, was named the only finalist for the job at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Johnson talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.8:45 a.m.
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In Liberal Massachusetts, An Epic GOP Victory
Scott Brown became the first Republican to capture a Senate seat in the heavily left-leaning state since 1972. The Democratic loss was driven in part by opposition to President Obama's efforts to overhaul health care, but Massachusetts is not typical of the nation on this issue.
Obama Slips In Indiana, Site Of 2008 Upset Win
A reliably red state that went blue for the first time since 1964, Indiana was one of the big surprises on Election Day, thanks to highly energized Democrats, Republican apathy and strong support for Obama by independents.
U.S. Troops Try For Order At Distribution Centers
One week after a powerful earthquake shattered Haiti, humanitarian aid is getting to the people. But the distribution of food and water and other essentials is slow — and desperation is growing in the capital city and elsewhere. Officials hope security forces — United Nations, American and Haitian — can keep a lid on violence.
WFP: Haiti In Great Need Of Food Supplies
One big provider of food aid after catastrophes is the U.N. World Food Program. The devastation in Haiti is turning into one of its biggest challenges. WFP spokesman David Orr talks with Renee Montagne about the great extend of the need in Haiti.
California Dreaming? Governor To Ask Feds For Funds
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California residents pay more in federal taxes than they receive. He travels to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to make a long-shot request for $7 billion in new federal money for his state.
Nigerian Bomb Plot Suspect Had Upscale Upbringing
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound trans-Atlantic airliner on Christmas Day, spent much of his life outside his native Nigeria. But those who remember him from his days in Kaduna are trying to sort out what went wrong with this unassuming boy.
Senate Panel Examines Attempted Plane Bombing
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing Wednesday into the Christmas Day attempted attack. The committee wants to understand why U.S. intelligence agencies didn't uncover the plot. Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the committee, talks with Renee Montagne about what those agencies are doing to prevent future attacks.
GAO Asked To Review Fed's Role In AIG Rescue
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has taken the unusual step of asking the investigative arm of Congress to conduct a "full review" of the Fed's role bailing out AIG. The Fed chief's move is aimed at defusing criticism of the government's $182 billion rescue of the insurance giant. The bailout sparked public outrage and demands in Congress for more information.
Delta, American Airlines Court JAL For Routes To Asia
Japan Airlines filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and said it would slash its workforce dramatically. Nevertheless, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are eager to create a business alliance with JAL, which in 2009 was the largest airline in Asia. If American were to lose the competition, analysts say it would be far weaker on routes between the United States and Asia.
Business Is Booming For Big Drug Negotiators
You may have never heard of a "pharmacy benefit management company" — but if you are insured, odds are that you are a customer of one. With more than 200 million clients, PBMs have the power to set drug prices and control markets.