State employees feel the pain of shutdown State employees start their first day of a forced vacation without pay today. While lawmakers went in and out of budget negotiations, the employees packed up offices and readied government departments for a shutdown.January 7, 2011
The political dynamics of a shutdown This shutdown is much more extensive than the partial shutdown the state saw in 2005. A court order is keeping money flowing to services deemed essential. Reporter Tim Pugmire was up late last night as budget talks broke down.January 7, 2011
Moroccans Vote On New Constitution
Moroccan voters go to the polls on Friday in a nationwide referendum on political changes proposed by the king. Morocco, like other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, was swept by pro-democracy demonstrations at the beginning of the year. Demonstrators protested a lack of freedoms, weak economy and political corruption.
After 90 Years, Graft Threatens China's Communists
The Communist Party in China is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Inside the Great Hall was the official celebration. But in another section of Beijing, one party member used the occasion to protest what he says are corrupt party officials.
New CNN News Chief Takes Stock
The network's top news executive says CNN, which continually lags in ratings during prime time, is studying its audiences and its coverage to figure out where to go next. Mark Whitaker says he hopes the intensively newsy spring helps CNN recover its sense of purpose.
'Larry Crowne' Is 'Hollow And Unconvincing' Larry Crowne stars Tom Hanks, who also directed and co-wrote the movie. It co-stars Julia Roberts. This movie's love connection between student and teacher is one of the most unconvincing in memory.
Royal Wedding Ends Monaco's Wait For A Princess
The tiny European territory that lost its beloved Princess Grace in a car crash in 1982 is finally getting another princess. Prince Albert II of Monaco, 53 and a longtime bachelor, will wed South African Charlene Wittstock over a weekend of ceremonies and celebrations.
Amazon Cuts Ties With Calif. Affiliates To Avoid Tax
Under a new law signed by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, online retailers like Amazon are supposed to start collecting sales taxes, even when they're based outside the state. Amazon says the new law is unconstitutional, and it won't collect the tax. One way the company is trying to avoid it, is by severing ties with about 10,000 small businesses and individual blogs based in the state which link to Amazon.com through their websites.
Breakfast At Libertarian Summer Camp
Last weekend, a group of libertarians and anarchists gathered in the woods of northern New Hampshire for the annual Porcupine Freedom Festival. I went up for breakfast.
Minnesota's Government Closed For Business
Thousands of state workers in Minnesota are being told to stay home Friday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a new state budget. That also means tax refund checks will not be going out and zoos and parks will likely be closed this holiday weekend. This is the second shutdown for Minnesota in six years.
U.S. Firms In China Pay More As Wages Rise
Factory managers in China are paying the price for success. Countless U.S. businesses have relocated to China in search of cheaper labor. Now the cost of that labor is rising. David Wessel, economics editor for The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Iskeep about his trip to China.