McCollum on the federal budget U.S. Rep. McCollum, DFL-Minn. talks about red ink in the government's ledgers and the president's call to end the practice of earmarks.6:40 a.m.
From the majority to the minority Cathy Wurzer talked with Jim Ramstad in his Washington office about the changes he's seen so far this session with a DFL-controlled Congress.6:46 a.m.
Walz weighs in on the Iraq war With mounting opposition in Congress to the President's new strategy for Iraq, freshman Congressman Tim Walz talks with Cathy Wurzer in Washington D.C. about his stance on the war and his new office at the Capitol.6:53 a.m.
South Dakota Senator testifies in his own defense A South Dakota state senator defended himself against allegations he groped a teenage page nearly a year ago. Sen. Dan Sutton is the subject of a special state Senate inquiry into the allegations.7:20 a.m.
The people's business How are members of Minnesota's congressional delegation serving their constituents? MPR's Morning Edition went to Washington to find out.7:40 a.m.
Dollars for art Minnesota Public Radio Arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola joined Perry Finelli to discuss fudning and the arts.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Can We Afford State of the Union Proposals?
The State of the Union and the Democratic response were full of big ideas. Does the country have the money to pay for them? The Congressional Budget Office took a look at the federal budget.
Senate Bill Ignores 'Astroturf' Lobbying
The Senate's new ethics bill leaves so-called "astroturf" lobbying alone. The term describes efforts to mobilize "grassroots" work by advocacy groups who aren't required to disclose their spending.
Jimmy Carter Defends 'Peace Not Apartheid'
Former President Jimmy Carter defends the content of his new book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid. The best-seller has generated passionate criticism that it is slanted toward Palestinians and full of inaccuracies.
Contents of a Hollywood Vault Up for Auction
The 20th Century Fox studio offers a treasure-trove of documents from Hollywood's golden era up for auction — from Bogart's first contract to a memo on Marilyn Monroe's name change.
Magnetic Pulse Treatment Targets Depression
A woman named Georgia is one of hundreds who have agreed to test an experimental new treatment for depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation sends a magnetic pulse to stimulate the brain.
Magnetic Pulse Seen as Boon for Brain Research
Unlike scanning technology, which only allows visual observation of the brain, transcranial magnetic stimulation devices allow scientists to create and study precise disruptions of brain activity.
Game Craze Boosts Profits at eBay, Nintendo
Profits at eBay rose 24 percent in the fourth quarter, approaching $350 million. The auction site credits high demand for new Sony and Nintendo video-game consoles consumers couldn't find in stores. Meanwhile, Nintendo reported that profits for the quarter rose nearly 40 percent, to nearly $1 billion.
NYSE Completes Conversion to Paperless Exchange
The 214-year old New York Stock Exchange has finally transitioned to the digital age. Starting Thursday, all trades at the exchange — the world's largest, by dollar value — can be conducted electronically, though traders will still be able to shout out their bids.
Shanghai Stock Market Enjoys Record Growth
New figures released Thursday show China's economy grew 10.7 percent in 2006, the fastest rate in more than a decade. And its stock market is witnessing a record-breaking bull run. Murmurs of a bubble are growing, with foreign brokerages warning investors to stay away. But local investors are still pouring money in.