Next farm bill could include big changes On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is this year's proposed federal farm bill.8:25 a.m.
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Obama Speech Depicts Country At A Crossroads
President Obama gave his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The speech was one part blueprint for economic cooperation, and one part political warning shot — as Obama prepares for a tough re-election campaign.
Members Of Congress React To Obama's Speech
President Obama has delivered what could be his last State of the Union address as he fights for re-election. How did speech go over with the 535 members of Congress? Among those commenting, California Republican Dana Rohrbacher said Obama tried to take both sides on a lot of issues.
Is The Booming Natural Gas Industry Overproducing?
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was once a small part of the natural gas industry. Then the technology improved and the production rush started. Now, there's so much gas on the market that the prices are at a 10-year low and producers are scaling back.
Can Sanctions Alone Get Iran To Negotiate?
In an effort to bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear program through economic pain, both the U.S. and the European Union have imposed sanctions that should make it harder for Iran to sell its oil. Supporters of the sanctions have devised complex statistical models to show how they can be effective without disrupting the global economy.
Obama Campaign Sees Shift In Arizona Politics
President Obama visits Phoenix Wednesday as part of a five-state campaign tour. The campaign thinks it can win Arizona, and that's an unlikely ambition for this conservative state. But Obama might have a chance. Unlikely upsets have dominated Arizona politics lately. The electorate is in flux.
Gingrich Draws Enthusiastic Crowds In Florida
The Republican presidential candidates continue campaigning in Florida in advance of next Tuesdays GOP primary. Newt Gingrich, who is leading the polls, made a series of stops along the state's Gulf Coast. He attacked President Obama for high gas prices.
Romney Chides Obama For Not Fixing Housing Crisis
Mitt Romney has spent a lot of his time in Florida talking about home foreclosures. The housing crisis is one of the few problems that Romney can use to attack both his Republican rival Newt Gingrich and President Obama.
How To Avoid 'Bill Shock' From Smartphone Use
Americans who've been traveling abroad are all too often stunned by the size of their mobile phone bill. Even if they aren't actively using their phone, they can rack up hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in charges as data streams to their phone over foreign networks.
Japan Details First Trade Deficit Since 1980
The Japanese government has announced that the country's trade balance has gone negative. It's the first time since 1980 that Japan's export-based economy has recorded a trade deficit. Economists say the strength of the yen and weak global demand have hit Japanese exports hard.
Holiday Sales Help Boost Apple's Profits
The company earned $13.1 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, a record. Sales of iPads were also up — soaring 111 percent from the same quarter a year earlier.