USDA mortgage program puts rural home buying within reach for some A growing number of would-be home buyers in rural communities are turning to federally backed mortgage products administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The low-interest loans are making home ownership possible for people who never imagined they could afford to buy.7:20 a.m.
Who gets to pick the title for a ballot question? Dale Carpenter, a Constitutional Law professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, discusses the legal arguments surrounding the naming of proposed constitutional amendments with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.8:25 a.m.
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Obama Tells Iowa Voters He'll Help The Middle Class
President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are hitting the campaign trail hard this week. On Tuesday, the president was campaigning in Iowa — the state that helped to launch his White House bid in 2008. He told supporters in Iowa he wants a second term in order to finish what he started.
Romney Campaigns In Conservative Parts Of Colorado
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Houston Wednesday to address a convention of the NAACP. On Tuesday, he was in Colorado, one of the most hotly contested swing states. Romney, who unexpectedly lost to Rick Santorum in the Colorado caucuses earlier this year, is working to shore up support among the GOP base
In High-Def Shift, Are Studios Blurring The Picture?
Hollywood's archivists are re-releasing digital, high-definition versions of classic movies. But the process of converting a movie from film to digital can change an image in significant ways — and some say that can unfairly alter the artists' original intent.
National League Wins Baseball's All-Star Game 8-0
Major League Baseball's 83rd All-Star Game wrapped up Tuesday night in Kansas City, Missouri. The National League trounced the American league in an 8-0 blowout, with impressive performances by some San Francisco Giants. Melky Cabrera of the Giants hit the game's only home run and took home the MVP Award.
Phillies' Ballpark Offers Best Vegetarian Delights
They may not be having a great season on the baseball diamond, but the Philadelphia Phillies are in first place with the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA says Citizens Bank Park has the best vegetarian choices.
Euro Currency Still Faring Well, For Now
Despite the persistence of the European financial crisis, the euro has held up relatively well since the crisis began. While the currency has lost some value against the dollar, its performance has defied ongoing speculation that the currency union is doomed. But can it last?
Spanish Families Share Expenses And Tradition
Multi-generational families living in the same household in Spain is nothing new. But as a quarter of Spanish workers are out of work, and half of its young adults are struggling to find a job, relatives can rely on one earner, with government assistance, to get by the country's economic woes.
Third California City To Seek Bankruptcy Protection
The City Council in San Bernardino, Calif., voted Tuesday night to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the third California city in less than two weeks to make the rare move. The city faces a $45 million budget shortfall.
Google Expected To Pay Fine In Privacy Setting Case
Google is expected to pay a $22.5 million fine for breaching the privacy settings for millions of Apple users. The case targets Google's use of a computer code that tracks web searches from Apple"s Safari even when users had explicitly blocked the tracking from occurring.