Dayton set to expand state's Medicaid enrollment Gov. Mark Dayton is expected today to put an end to an eight-month discussion over whether the state should enroll thousands of low- and middle-income Minnesotans into an expanded federal health care program.7:20 a.m.
High grain prices fuel record prices for farmland The price of farmland in the Upper Midwest begins the new year at record levels, with no sign of a peak yet. High grain prices are giving farmers lots of cash and they're spending it on their favorite asset.8:40 a.m.
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Some Democrats Try To Rewrite Rules On Filibusters
Democrats led by New Mexico freshman Tom Udall plan to use the Senate's first day in session Wednesday to take aim at the filibuster and the secret hold. The aim is to rein in both procedures, which they say have gotten out of hand.
Black GOP Lawmakers Face Tricky Relations With Democrats
Tim Scott is the likelier of two new blacks in the House GOP to have good ties with black Democrats, an expert said. Even though he represents a more conservative district, Scott of South Carolina is more moderate than Allen West of Florida.
New Medical School Model: Adopt A Family To Treat
At Florida International University in Miami, doctors in training are assigned a neighborhood and a family who lives there. Their mission is to improve the health of the family and the quality of life in the neighborhood. This community-based medicine is helping reshape medical education.
The Incredible Shrinking Sound Bite
The 112th Congress convenes Wednesday so get ready to hear some political sound bites. The average sound bite is about nine seconds. Audio clips used to be much longer but they started shrinking in the 60s.
Luthier Makes Quiet Contribution To Brazil's Music
Vergilio Lima devotes his skills to making fine stringed instruments in a mountain village. The instruments, introduced by Portuguese explorers, are used in music that fuses classical, popular and folk elements.
Satirical Russian Twitter Feed Gains Followers
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev last summer joined the tweeting masses with his own Twitter page called Kremlin Russia. Almost immediately, another Twitter feed appeared:Kermlin Russia. Julia Ioffe, of Foreign Policy magazine, talks to Renee Montagne about the satirical version. The faux presidential tweets are actually the work of two young Russians dubbed Masha and Sasha.
SEC To Examine Facebook, Goldman Sachs Deal
The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into a recent deal between Facebook and Goldman Sachs, according to The Wall Street Journal. Despite some talk of going public, Facebook is still a private company. And because it has fewer than 500 shareholders, it's not required to disclose certain financial information.
From Ordinary Shopper To Celebrity, Overnight
Shopping haulers are one of the fastest growing trends on YouTube. It's where bloggers find bargains at stores like Macy's and TJ Maxx and create a video showing off the items. The posts can help companies generate buzz -- but those same companies can lose credibility fast if they give gift cards or free merchandise to popular haulers.