GOP chair: 'We're going to put the heat on' Some players in the eight-month-long 2008 Senate recount are saying the likely gubernatorial recount should go more quickly, but hopes of keeping partisanship out of the process seem dim.6:20 a.m.
Little change to ag policy, even as Peterson loses chair While Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson is out as chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, observers doubt the new face means significant change for federal farm policy. History shows it's almost immune to major new direction, no matter which party is in power.6:25 a.m.
Film fest brings a flood of Asian cinema to Mpls. For the next week or so, the group Minnesota Film Arts is bringing films from all over Asia to Minneapolis. The "In Search of Asia Festival" will present many kinds of movies from 12 different countries. The festival is aimed at under-served parts of the movie-going public, and it's drawing particular interest from the Hmong community.6:50 a.m.
Recent race tame compared to 1990 gubernatorial contest When it comes to excitement, the 2010 governor's race paled in comparison to the election Minnesota saw 20 years ago. That contest had it all: screaming headlines, sex scandals, an 11th hour withdrawal -- and a surprise upset victory.7:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Texas Gov. Rick Perry Is 'Fed Up!'
Newly re-elected Texas Gov. Rick Perry argues against big government in his new book: Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington. States should be freer to act without federal interference, Perry says.
Immigrant Voter Fraud Fears Didn't Materialize
Anti-immigration groups raised fears that illegal immigrants might steal the U.S. elections Tuesday by voting in droves. Those fears never materialized, and most voting experts say they weren't founded on any evidence of widespread voter fraud, especially by immigrants.
Terrorist Plots Part Of Cat-And-Mouse Game
Last week's terrorism plot -- the attempt to ship bombs aboard cargo planes -- represents the latest effort by al-Qaida and its partners to find ways to attack the United States. This plot was foiled. The episode highlights a dangerous game: the way both sides -- al-Qaida and the United States -- learn and adapt. Al-Qaida hatches a plot; the United States reacts; al-Qaida tries something new.
In The Rush To War, Even A Spy Is 'Fair Game'
A public uproar erupted when CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity was compromised by Bush administration officials in 2003. In a new movie, director Doug Liman dramatizes the private turmoil the furor caused in the lives of Plame and her husband, who decided to strike back at the White House.
Study Shows CT Scans Cut Lung Cancer Deaths
Long-awaited results from a big federal study show that screening smokers and former smokers with CT scans cuts the risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent. But many questions remain about how these findings should be applied to more than 90 million Americans who smoke or once did.
U.S.-Pakistan Ties Overshadow Obama's Trip To India
The president is likely to get a friendly but subdued welcome when he begins his visit to India on Saturday, the start of a 10-day Asia tour. Many Indians feel the U.S. has neglected their country, while cultivating strategic relations with its military rival, Pakistan.
As Myanmar Prepares For Elections, Its Critics Fret
Elections are scheduled for Sunday in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Some have dismissed the first polls there in two decades as a sham, intended to consolidate a military dictatorship. But others see them as a sign of progress and a reason to engage the Burmese government.
7-Eleven Foresees Slurpee Summit For Congress
During recent campaign speeches, President Obama said Republicans in Congress had been standing around sipping on Slurpees while Democrats did the hard work. Sales of 7-Eleven's 44-year-old frozen drink usually plummet when the weather gets cold. But the convenience store chain wants to use the new climate in Washington to stimulate sales.
How Divided Congress Might Affect Recovery
In a recent Op-Ed, Greg Ip of The Economist cautions against expecting the economy to begin recovering in earnest next year. Citing historical precedent, he fears the political will to take harsh but necessary measures will be lacking in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. Ip talks with Renee Montagne.