No joke; Franken to run for Senate Comedian Al Franken has been calling members of
the Minnesota congressional delegation to get their input on a run,
and he announced this week that he would be leaving his show on Air
America Radio on Feb. 14.7:20 a.m.
From show-biz to politics Morning Edition arts commentator Dominic Papatola has a few things to say about what happens when Hollywood stars head for Washington.8:25 a.m.
A remembrance of columnist Molly Ivins Witty best-selling author and columnist
Molly Ivins, a Texas liberal who died after a long battle with breast cancer, left legions of admirers, even among the politicians she regularly skewered.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Official Says Diplomacy Can Ease Iran Tensions
The United States says Iran is involved in attacks targeting American forces in Iraq. A top State Department official calls the situation "very serious," but says tensions with Iran can be resolved diplomatically.
Senate Preps for Fuller Debate of Iraq Troop Buildup
The Senate is expected to begin debate next week on a compromise resolution opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John Warner (R-VA) have agreed to merge competing measures into the new nonbinding legislation.
Treasuring the Wit and Wisdom of Molly Ivins
Conventional journalism didn't quite fit Molly Ivins, the liberal political columnist and author. Ivins, claimed Wednesday by breast cancer at 62, bedeviled politicians — especially those of her native Texas — with witty political critiques.
'Enemy Combatant' Fights for Due Process
A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., hears the case of a man held as an "enemy combatant." Ali al-Marri's lawyers say he deserves the same due process as any defendant. The federal government disagrees.
Study Puts Bigger Focus on Binge Eating
A new Harvard study says 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men qualify as "binge eaters." But not all psychiatrists agree that frequent gorging should be singled out as a separate disorder.
Federal Anti-Flu Document Raises Questions
The U.S. government will release a 108-page document telling Americans how to minimize disaster if a new flu pandemic strikes. Some say it's an excessive response to failures in past emergency planning.
Profit Mark for Exxon Mobil; Google Ad Sales Up
Exxon Mobil says it earned $39.5 billion for the year 2006, even though fourth-quarter profits were off from the year before. It's the highest annual profit ever recorded by a U.S. company. Meanwhile, Internet ad sales at Google are on the rise. The company says its fourth-quarter profits nearly tripled.
Super Bowl Ads: Still a High-Stakes Game
Super Bowl Sunday remains a day of reckoning for the big dogs of the ad industry. Companies succeed or stumble based on their ads. The process is the subject of college courses and Web sites offering deep analysis and ratings.
'Amateur' TV Ads Set for Super Bowl Splash
A new trend on display during the Super Bowl: ads made by ordinary folks instead of glitzy, expensive ad agencies. Some companies are using the work of low-budget artistes who create homemade video for the Web.