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Friday, January 21, 2011

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  • Michele BachmannBachmann approaches Iowa with trail of misstatements
    U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has everything a cable TV talk show producer wants. She's outspoken and reliably controversial. But in some instances, Bachmann is also wrong.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyClimatologist Mark Seeley talks about the weather
    This January has been unusually snowy in Minnesota, with some parts of the state seeing 17 inches this month alone. Cathy Wurzer speaks with MPR climatologist Mark Seeley about the consequences of so much snow and when we can expect this cold snap to break.6:55 a.m.
  • Mourners and keepersThe Mourners arrive in Mpls. from the 15th century
    A group of foreign dignitaries arrives at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this weekend. They're called "The Mourners" They are some three dozen alabaster figures carved for the tomb of a 15th century French Duke. The statues have caused a sensation at other stops on their U.S. tour.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Under Pressure To 'Go Big' In State Of Union
    President Obama's address Tuesday is a chance for him to set the terms of the debates he'll have with the GOP over the next year. And the economic challenges still facing the country are going to "put pressure on the president to go big and go long," says former Clinton aide Bill Galston.
  • After Health Care Repeal Vote, GOP Targets Abortion
    Republican leaders introduced legislation that would permanently bar any taxpayer subsidies for abortion. But supporters of abortion rights say the new GOP majority is overplaying its hand by making the bill a top priority.
  • 4 NFL Teams Do Battle For 2 Super Bowl Spots
    There are four teams left in the NFL playoffs, and on Sunday they'll fight it out for the two spots in the Super Bowl. In the NFC, the Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers. And in the AFC, the New York Jets travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.
  • Walmart Joins Push For Healthier Foods
    First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to improve children's eating habits got a boost from an unlikely source: Walmart. The giant retailer on Thursday announced a five-year effort to make healthy food more accessible and affordable across the country.
  • Is China's Economy Already No. 1?
    It isn't No. 1 yet, at least not by traditional measures of GDP. But when China's economy is assessed according to its "purchasing power," that's a different story. Still, some economists say the idea that China is an economic powerhouse is far-fetched, while others question whether the two economies are even comparable.
  • Mine Explosion Fractures Dean Jones' Family
    Since federal investigators have revealed their working theory about the cause of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, victims' families are again coping with questions about why their loved ones died. Most are keeping their reactions private, but Judy Jones Petersen talks about losing her brother Dean Jones.
  • A Year Later, Citizens United Reshapes Politics
    As lawyers and advocates are discovering, the Supreme Court ruling giving corporations and unions the freedom to spend as much as they like to support or attack candidates has sharply altered the debate over regulating political money.
  • Warner Music May Be Exploring Sales Opportunities
    Warner Music is owned by private investors, who may be looking to cash out. Warner has hired the investment bank Goldman Sachs to help find a buyer for part, or all of its businesses, according to The Wall Street Journal. Earlier, The New York Times reported, Warner was exploring the possibility of acquiring struggling British music label EMI.
  • How Increasing Exports Would Create Jobs
    President Obama tours a GE factory in Schenectady, N.Y., Friday, and discusses ways to expand manufacturing and create jobs. Frank Vargo of the National Association of Manufacturers believes increasing exports would boost sales, and in turn, require more workers.
  • Google Shakeup: Larry Page Back As CEO
    Google co-founder Larry Page is taking over as CEO in an unexpected shake-up that upstaged the Internet search leader's fourth-quarter earnings. Page reclaims the top job from Eric Schmidt, who had been brought in as CEO a decade ago.

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