Tsunami recovery efforts two years later Thousands of people are marking the two-year anniversary of a tsunami that hit in the Indian Ocean by holding vigils on Tuesday. The disaster claimed more than 230,000 lives. The recovery effort continues in many communities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer checks in with one man with Minnesota ties who has helped in Sri Lanka.7:25 a.m.
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National Security Will Top Democrats' Agenda
Democrats take control of the House and Senate next week. That means they will be in charge of all the committees in Congress. And some of the most closely watched committees are likely to be those with oversight of national security issues, including the war in Iraq.
Immigration Policy Likely to Shift in Congress
Immigration is an issue that could be treated differently when the Democratically controlled Congress is seated. Democrats and their Republican allies in both the House and Senate are drafting legislation to tackle the issue after an earlier immigration bill stalled in the Republican-controlled Congress.
James Lawson: An Advocate of Peaceful Change
For more than 50 years, the Rev. James Lawson has taught and practiced the principles of non-violent resistance. The Vanderbilt University professor talks with Steve Inskeep about how those principles apply in a time of war.
Two Years On, Tsunami Recovery Is Lagging
The Asian tsunami of 2004 killed more than 170,000 people in the Indonesian province of Aceh alone, washing away tens of thousands of homes, schools and businesses. Two years later, reconstruction is under way, but serious challenges in housing and infrastructure remain.
Deep Discounts Dent Holiday Shopping Profits
Retailers offered many products at a sharp discount this holiday season. The strategy attracted buyers but put a hefty dent into profits. Retail analyst Kurt Barnard talks with Renee Montagne about the shopping season.
Detroit Suffers Through Auto Industry Realignment
Big losses and intense competition from Japanese automakers prompted major restructuring at Ford and General Motors in 2006. Plant closings were announced and union workers were offered buyout packages as sales of profitable SUVs plummeted.
Israel Attempts to Bolster the Palestinian President
Israel has agreed to remove some of the military roadblocks hindering Palestinian travel in the West Bank. The gesture is aimed at boosting moderate President Mahmoud Abbas in his struggle with the rival Palestinian group Hamas.
Juanita Castro Plots an Independent Path in Exile
Fidel and Raul Castro's sister Juanita, 73, has lived in Miami for decades. She is critical of her brothers' government -- she hasn't seen Fidel since 1963 -- and of the Cuban exile community in Florida.
Edge of the Rez: A Stranger Among the Hopi
Jonathan Day spent summers with his white father and Hopi stepmother on her reservation in Arizona. He learned about the tribe's traditions and way of life, but he has no illusions that a white man can fully understand what it's like to be an Indian.