RNC will come to Minneapolis, too Preparations for the Republican National Convention are in full swing and the event will make for changes in Minneapolis as well as St. Paul.7:20 a.m.
Questions raised about Hatch-negotiated deal Legislative Auditor James Nobles says he has questions about a 2006 lawsuit settlement between former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch and a credit card company.7:25 a.m.
Politicals ads have only just begun On the Fourth of July, Minnesotans all over the state will gather together for barbecues, parades and fireworks. But Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith says the political fireworks are just beginning.7:55 a.m.
California Driving: Footloose And Hands-Free
California drivers must find something else to do with their hands while driving, now that a law requiring hands-free cell phone devices became effective July 1. Gov. Schwarzenegger says the law may save close to 300 lives each year in the state.
Le Vent Du Nord's 400-Year-Old Musical Gems
The Canadian folk band Le Vent du Nord is a champion of traditional francophone music in North America. Their recordings and performances are getting plenty of attention, especially during the yearlong celebration of Quebec City's 400th anniversary.
Oil Prices Squeeze Pentagon's Budget
The Department of Defense's budget is heavily affected by rising gas prices, especially when it comes to fueling Air Force jets. Some even say that Iraq's oil reserves should help pay the costs.
U.S. Poised To Hand Off Anbar To Iraqis
Anbar was once considered the most dangerous province in Iraq. Now, U.S. forces are planning to hand control of the province back to the Iraqi government. Maj. Gen. John Kelly, the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq, talks about the handover.
Iraq Opens Oil Fields To Western Developers
Iraq's oil ministry has just opened the doors to several major western oil companies. It's been more than 36 years since companies like Exxon have had access to Iraq's oil fields. And down the road, Iraq's reserves could dramatically increase the world's oil supply.
Book Ponders How To End Detainees' Legal Limbo
Co-host Ari Shapiro talks with Benjamin Wittes, author of Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror. Among the issues they discuss are the right to due process of enemy combatants — and what Wittes sees as a way forward, beyond Guantanamo.
Feds Track Americans' Money In Swiss Bank
Justice Department officials have asked a federal court to let the IRS request client information from Swiss bank UBS, after a former UBS banker facing charges recently testified that U.S. taxpayers had about $20 billion in "undeclared" accounts.