House GOP drops food stamps from massive farm bill House Republican leaders hoping to quickly recover from an embarrassing defeat on the House floor last month are preparing to split a massive farm bill in two and put it up for a vote as early as Thursday.8:25 a.m.
Bob Dylan pays homage to Bobby Vee at memorable Midway Stadium show Bob Dylan's Americanarama tour is headed to Peoria, Ill., tonight. Last night, he sold out Midway Stadium in St. Paul with a show that also included Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with The Current's Andrea Swensson about the show.8:45 a.m.
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House GOP Airs Their Differences Over Immigration Bill
House Speaker John Boehner convened a closed-door meeting of his Republican caucus Wednesday to figure out how his chamber can deal with the immigration issue. The Senate has already passed an overhaul that many conservatives find unacceptable because it gives 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Quebec Braces For More Victims From Train Blast
Police in the Canadian province of Quebec say the death toll following Saturday's massive train explosion will likely rise to 50. The news is another painful blow to local residents in Lac-Megantic reeling from a blast that flattened the heart of their small rural town.
Brazilian Protests Hurt President But Help Candidate Silva
Before national protests in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff looked like she was guaranteed victory in next year's elections. Her popularity has since plummeted, and polls show she would face a run-off against Marina Silva, who grew up the daughter of a poor rubber tapper in the Amazon.
50 Years Ago, Raid Seals Mandela's Fate And His Fame
It's been five decades, since Nelson Mandela's journals and incriminating papers were seized by South African police. Mandela was already under arrest, and those writings arguably sealed his conviction in court, and nearly got him the death penalty. But it also marked his place as one of the key political anti-apartheid thinkers and writers.
Nigerian Terrorist Group Accused Of Killing Students
Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell about recent school attacks in Nigeria. The group believed to be behind them is called Boko Haram. Campbell is Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Data From RealtyTrac Indicates Housing Market Is Improving
Foreclosure-listing firm RealtyTrac says the foreclosure process was started on just a little more than 57,000 homes in June — that's the lowest level for any month in seven years. Completed foreclosures also posted a steep monthly and annual decline.
Wal-Mart Fumes Over D.C. Council Wage Vote
Over the strong objections of Wal-Mart, the City Council in Washington D.C. has approved a bill that would require some large retailers to pay workers a minimum of $12.50 an hour. The city's minimum wage is $8.25. Wal-Mart has threatened to scrap plans to open three stores in the city if the measure is signed by the mayor and becomes law.
Chinatown 'Blessing Scams' Target Elderly Women
The scam plays off cultural superstitions among older Chinese residents. In San Francisco alone, more than 50 victims have come forward since 2012, with losses that total more than $1.5 million.