MPR analysis: Many ballot challenges are frivolous The number of challenged ballots in Minnesota's contentious Senate recount is approaching 6,000. The Secretary of State's office has released copies of some of those challenged ballots. MPR News reporters have examined more than 1,000 disputed ballots, and found that most of the challenges were frivolous.7:20 a.m.
Non-political holidays a miracle for commentator Despite the continuing recount, the political season is over for many of us, and the holiday season has begun. They say it's a time for miracles. But commentator Peter Smith says because of the recount, getting through the holidays without discussing politics might be the biggest miracle of all.7:25 a.m.
Mumbai Attacks Suggest Terrorists Are Evolving
The attacks in Mumbai, India, last week reflect a new pattern. The terrorists used small arms and grenades, and their tactics were reminiscent of traditional guerrilla warfare. The small group of attackers demonstrated discipline and training, and their actions were clearly well-organized and financed. That raises the question: Is the world dealing with a new era of terrorism?
Pakistan Perspective On Mumbai Attacks
India says that "elements from Pakistan" were responsible for the attacks in Mumbai last week. Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid says Pakistanis do not accept that the attackers came from Pakistan. He tells Steve Inskeep that Pakistanis are rallying around the nation's government.
Deported Immigrants Struggle To Re-Enter U.S.
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are deported to Mexico every year, but a majority of them are dropped just across the border in Tijuana or Nogales. Some who have lived their whole lives in America want to return to their families, lives and jobs in the United States.
Governors Want Federal Funds For Infrastructure
President-elect Barack Obama meets Tuesday in Philadelphia with the National Governors Association. The governors plan to ask Obama for $136 billion in infrastructure funds to stimulate the economy. Pennsylvania has the highest number of structurally deficient bridges in the country.
New President Faces Powerful Federal Contractors
President-elect Obama has said he wants public employees to take back some of the work that the Bush administration has given to private contractors — and he wants to crack down on contractors' abuses. But Obama could find it difficult to shake things up.
Bloody Mary Cocktail Turns 75
New York City honored the iconic cocktail with a Times Square celebration Monday that included the granddaughter of the bartender who invented it. The Bloody Mary turned 75.
Foreign Markets Follow Wall Street's Plunge
Japan's main index fell more than 6 percent. South Korea was down more than 3 percent. Hong Kong's main stock average fell nearly 5 percent, partly on grim economic news out of China. The drop in world markets follows a nearly 8 percent plunge in the Dow, after the National Bureau of Economic Research issued a report declaring that the U.S. officially is in recession.
Economists: U.S. In Recession For 1 Year Already
The U.S. economy is in a recession. The National Bureau of Economic Research, which tracks economic cycles, says the downturn began last December. Many economists believe it'll be the most severe since the 1981-82 recession. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep about the economy.
European Union Deal Cuts Car Emissions In 6 Years
Negotiators from European Union governments and the European Parliament tentatively have agreed on new standards for cutting global-warming gases. The new rules would apply to only new-car fleets in six years. The EU Commission had wanted a three-year deadline. The deal still needs approval by the European Parliament and all 27 EU nations before becoming law.
What's A 2-Pound Truffle Worth These Days? $200K
Despite the economic downturn, there are still some big spenders out there. A Chinese casino mogul just paid $200,000 for an Italian white truffle. The super gourmet mushroom weighed more than 2 pounds. But the price, paid at a recent international trufflle auction, was not a record. Last year, the same man, Stanley Ho, bought a slightly heavier truffle for $330,000 — an all-time high.