Billboard with Bush spurs debate rehash If you travel much on I-35 about 30 miles north of the Twin Cities, check out a billboard ad you can see when driving southbound. It comes up just before you get to Wyoming, Minnesota -- about 30 miles north of St. Paul. On the billboard is a smiling photo of former president George W. Bush. Next to him, the words asks a simple question "Miss Me Yet?"8:25 a.m.
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Familiar Face Returns To Iraqi Politics: Saddam
Ahead of national elections in March, residents of Anbar province say they're disillusioned with the current government and look back on the late Saddam Hussein with nostalgia. For all of his shortcomings, they say Saddam was a leader who inspired fear and respect.
Jobs May Entice Taliban To Lay Down Their Weapons
The path to peace in Afghanistan will inevitably include talking with the enemy. Afghan leaders are pushing plans to reconcile with the Taliban and bring them into the political process. Michael Semple, a fellow at Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, explains to Renee Montagne how he hopes — village by village — local development and jobs programs will entice Taliban fighters to switch sides.
Tina Brown's Must-Click List: Bad Things Edition
The editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast returns to Morning Edition for one of her regular conversations with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the books and articles that have caught her eye lately. On the list this time: "America the Miserable," overlong newspaper articles, and a political wife's memoir.
Arizona Jaguar Symbolizes Hope, Controversy
Wild jaguars were thought to have been killed-off in the United States, until an Arizona rancher saw one 14 years ago. The lone jaguar became a symbol of hope. More recently, when it died, it became a symbol of controversy. The Fish and Wildlife Service has been ordered to put together a plan to bring the hemisphere's largest cat back to the Southwest.
White House Plays Defense On National Security
The Obama administration has launched an aggressive PR campaign to challenge the notion that it's soft on terrorism. In TV interviews and op-ed columns, administration officials are fighting back against a familiar line of Republican attack that has taken on new strength in recent weeks.
Washington Deep Freeze: Senate Partisanship
Federal government offices in Washington are closed for the third straight day because of bad weather. But the deep snow did not stop the U.S. Senate from trying to do business Tuesday. Still, the day's events showed that for lawmakers, getting to work in a nearly paralyzed city is one thing; digging themselves out of entrenched partisanship is quite another.
Greek Unions Strike Against Austerity Plan
The Greek government is under pressure to get its financial house in order. Officials have announced austerity plans that include freezing the pay of civil servants, increasing taxes and raising the retirement age. Farmers have been protesting for weeks. Civil servants began a 24-hour strike that shut down government services and grounded flights.
Anthem Asked To Justify Insurance Rate Hike
An investigation in California over dramatic health insurance increases is spurring a federal inquiry. Two congressional committees have asked executives from WellPoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross of California, to explain why the company is raising premiums by as much as 39 percent for some customers.
Snow Storms Wallops Southwest Airlines
As parts of the Midwest and Atlantic Coast got pounded by winter storms, lots of things came to a halt. One of them was commercial air service. Southwest Airlines had to cancel most of its flights in the areas hardest hit by the weather. A company spokesman say they have learned the hard way not to leave planes parked at an airport in a storm's path.
Me Couch Su Couch
A Web site is helping couch potatoes on a tight budget find another couch around the world, where they can sleep for free instead of paying for a hotel room. The Web site is couchsurfing.org.