DNR a tough agency to lead effectively Gov. Mark Dayton begins his second day on the job today. But he still needs to make some key appointments to his cabinet. One critical position, that hasn't been filled, is the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. That can be a challenging job because of the wide variety of activities that the DNR regulates.7:25 a.m.
In Surprise, Iraq May Enforce Withdrawal Deadline
Starting his second term, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is talking tough on the final withdrawal of American troops, scheduled for the end of 2011. That development might force plans to be redrawn -- many had assumed that the withdrawal would be renegotiated.
Egypt's Coptic Church Protests Discrimination
In Egypt, the divide between Muslims and Christians took a violent turn over the weekend with a deadly bombing of a Coptic Christian Church in the coastal city of Alexandria. The suicide attack is not the first, but it's the worst attack against the country's minority Christian population in a decade.
Yuri Shevchuk: Russia's Musical Advocate For Democracy
Within Russia's borders, DDT's Yuri Shevchuk is bigger than Bono. Shevchuk has often engaged in Russian politics by attending rallies or peace demonstrations. But many in Russia see his frustration now reaching the boiling point: He's fed up that so few people are speaking out.
In London, A Case Study In Opinionated Press
Most mainstream American news organizations promise to report "without fear or favor," but many Americans still see the media as biased. So what might it look like if American newspapers openly embraced an ideology, like they do in the U.K.? NPR's David Folkenflik goes to London to find out.
Versailles Takes On A New Role: Luxury Hotel
France's Palace of Versailles, famed for its Hall of Mirrors and home to the French monarchy since Louis the XIV, is a monument to France's royal grandeur and absolutism past. But this most cherished of cultural museums may soon house a chic five-star hotel.
Groups Challenge Shell Oil's Clean Air Permits
Environmental groups and Native Americans are enjoying what they consider a small victory in their battle to stop Shell Oil from drilling exploratory wells in the Arctic off Alaska's coast. Shell wants to drill this year. But an EPA appeals board has found regulators did not adequately consider the impact that air pollutants from the drilling operations would have on nearby communities.
Greece Turns Against Migrants As Economy Collapses
Greece has relied on low-cost illegal migrant labor for years, especially during the building boom associated with the 2004 Olympic Games. But now the Greek economy has collapsed, and the country has turned against the migrants.
Republicans Need To Explain Economic Specifics
The 112th Congress convenes for the first time Wednesday. Republicans now hold the majority in the House, and gained seats in the Senate. What does that means for economic policy? David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the economic agenda of the new Congress.