Most Minn. Dems ready to reconcile health care reform President Barack Obama is pushing Democrats to pass a health care bill in the next few weeks. Some critics view the reconciliation process as an end-run around Republican opposition, but supporters note it's the same one the Bush Administration used to pass tax cuts.7:20 a.m.
Much could be on the line in Vikings player lawsuit Vikings players Pat and Kevin Williams are expected to testify today in a trial about anti-doping policies in the National Football League. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with St. Paul attorney Jennifer Ampulski, who analyzes legal matters for Morning Edition, about the case.7:35 a.m.
Temps in the 40s transforms Minnesotans This winter seems to have been an exceptionally long, hard, gritty slog. But give Minnesotans a few days with temperatures in the fourties, and all of a sudden it's all sunshine, sweetness, and light -- as if December and January and February never happened. Essayist Peter Smith explains.8:45 a.m.
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Obama Takes Aim At Health Insurance Companies
President Obama traveled to Acadia University in suburban Philadelphia on Monday to make the case one more time for Congress to pass legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system. He went after Republicans for their unified opposition, and attacked big insurance companies.
Anyone Remember What's In The Health Care Bill?
Since the Senate passed its version of a health overhaul Christmas Eve, most of the debate has focused on the politics of the effort. By now, many people have forgotten — if they ever knew — what the bill would actually do.
Sunnis Who Fled Iraq Remain In Exile
Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, about 4 million Iraqis have fled their homes. Another 2 million have fled the country entirely. Throughout the war, NPR's Deborah Amos has spent much of her time with Iraqis who fled to Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. She has a new book out: Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile and Upheaval in the Middle East.
Northrop Drops Out Of Tanker Competition
The Air Force is down to a single bidder for one of the largest contracts in Pentagon history. Northrop Grumman pulled out of the competition to build new aerial refueling tankers on Monday — saying the selection criteria were stacked against it. With Northrop's departure, Boeing is the sole bidder on the contract worth about $35 billion.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 women who flew military planes during World War II will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. They were known as WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots, and at the time of their service, they were civilians. They waited three decades to be granted military status. And history nearly forgot them.
Google, Dish Network Developing TV Search Service
The Internet company Google and the satellite TV company Dish Network are testing a television search service, according toThe Wall Street Journal. It involves a box for the television that has Google software. Viewers would use their keyboards to search for shows on satellite TV and on Internet sites like YouTube.
Toyota Disputes Critics Who Blame Electronics
Toyota says it has proved that faulty electronics are not to blame for runaway cars and trucks that have been recalled. On Monday, the automaker assembled a group of experts, who said that unwanted acceleration is caused by mechanical flaws. Other experts disagree.
Protecting Companies That Mix Profitability, Values
Businesses can be either for-profit companies or nonprofit organizations. The law doesn't recognize a corporate form that falls in between. But some want to protect these "for-benefit corporations," so companies can balance profitability with social and environmental policies, without the threat of a lawsuit.
New Zealand Woman Sells Ghosts At Auction
Two glass vials purportedly containing the ghosts of two dead people sold for $1,983 at an auction in New Zealand. The homeowner captured the two ghosts in glass vials, subduing them with holy water. The seller says she's donating the money to charity, after deducting her "exorcists fee."
Biden Pushes For Talks Between Israel, Palestinians
"A moment of opportunity," that's what Vice President Joe Biden is calling the announcement that Israelis and Palestinians will be engaging in indirect negotiations brokered by the United States. Biden is on a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. He is the highest ranking member of the Obama Administration so far to make that trip.