Essayist honors poll workers It's been a hard-fought election season in Minnesota. Some would even say it's been polarizing and vitriolic. But essayist Peter Smith has found one group of political people about whom everyone in the state ought to be able to agree.7:45 a.m.
James seeks revenge over Tolliver video When the NBA Heat host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in Miami, word is that Heat superstar LeBron James will have an added incentive to play well. Word is that James is not happy about a YouTube video posted by Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver. Tolliver's video spoofs the much-criticized hour-long ESPN special in which James announced his decision to play for the Heat. Brit Robson, who writes about the NBA for Sports Illustrated dot com, discussed the controversy with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:45 a.m.
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Tracking The Money Spent On Campaign Ads
Beginning Wednesday, Americans can again turn their televisions on without fear of a negative political bombardment. A record sum of campaign cash was behind those commercials. Just how much money has been spent and by what candidates, parties and groups? Totals are very hard to pin down.
High Stakes Mark Many Races This Election Day
A reminder of what's at stake this Election Day: Republicans are hoping to tip congressional majorities away from the Democrats, and many races around the nation are extremely close.
Calif. Pushes To Uphold Ban On Violent Video Games
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking the Supreme Court to uphold a ban on selling and renting violent video games to minors. Similar bans have been enacted in eight states, but have all been struck down by federal courts.
Fed Eyes 'Binge Bond Buying' To Spur Economy
The Federal Reserve would buy hundreds of billions of dollars worth of long-term Treasury bonds mostly from banks. But instead of using existing money, the Fed would credit the banks' accounts, creating billions of dollars in new money with a keystroke. A decision is expected Wednesday.
Saudi Intelligence Key In Detecting Bomb Plot
Saudi Arabia played a key role in stopping last week's attempted terrorist plot involving bombs that originated in Yemen. Steve Inskeep talks with security expert Thomas Hegghammer about how Saudi Arabia has improved both intelligence gathering and sharing over the past decade.
GM Announcing Plans For Public Offering
GM is announcing plans for its long-awaited public offering. The company hopes to raise about $10 billion. Taxpayers took control of GM in a government rescue last year. The company has gone through bankruptcy, shed thousands of jobs and revamped its operations, resulting in higher sales and a return to profitability. The feds plan to sell a large portion of their stake and give up control of the company after the IPO, which could come as soon as Nov. 17.
Wisconsin Ginseng Commands Premium Price
Buyers from China and Taiwan have traveled halfway across the world this week to one rural central Wisconsin county that is the center of a multimillion-dollar business in an ancient oriental herb. Wisconsin-grown ginseng is in high demand from people who have been growing and using the herb for 5,000 years.