Bachmann in demand, opponents criticize her travels Rep. Michele Bachmann has only been a member of Congress for three and a half years, but in that short time she's become a national hero among many conservatives and a lightening rod for bitter condemnation among many liberals.6:20 a.m.
It has been a warm week in Minnesota Finally this week many observers in Minnesota reported their first temperature readings of 40 degrees F or higher since December 1 of last year. Mark Seeley talks about that and more with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.6:50 a.m.
Minnesota denied Race to the Top funding Education reporter Tom Weber spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about Minnesota not being a finalist in the so-called "Race to the Top" competition.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
For GOP, Tea Party Offers New Energy And New Woes
The GOP's grass-roots conservative base is highly energized these days — so much so that it's proving to be a challenge for the party to manage. One example: the slew of contested Republican primaries for the Senate — many of which feature rivals who each claim to be "the" Tea Party candidate.
Arkansas Sen. Lincoln In For A Primary Fight
The Democratic incumbent has to survive a challenge from Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter on May 18. Lincoln describes herself as an independent, but her liberal critics says her campaign ads could have been run by a Republican.
Oddball Amoebas Sprout Arms When Stressed
Scientists have deciphered the genome of one of Earth's strangest creatures. It turns from a lethargic amoeba into a sprightly, two-armed swimmer under stress. Its enormous number of genes allows the amoeba to morph and survive in the unforgiving mud where it lives.
Mighty Mussels Have Industrial Strength
Mussels hold tight to rocky seashores with the help of their strong but flexible "beards," or byssal threads. These threads are made of a sticky protein loaded up with iron that suggests a new way of making flexible but strong materials for industrial uses.
Alice Loses Her Way, And Her Charm, In 'Wonderland'
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland takes viewers back down the rabbit hole for even more outrageous mayhem. But Kenneth Turan says that in between the tea parties and the Red Queen's antics, Alice's story seems to have lost its wonder.
Tennessee Guard Honors First Fallen Female Pilot
Helicopter Pilot Jean Grinder, a 25-year-old Chief Warrant Officer, has become the first female casualty of the Tennessee Army National Guard. The native of Gallatin, Tenn., was from a proud military family and was within weeks of coming home when she was killed in Iraq last month.
House Lawmakers Move To Withdraw From NAFTA
In this election year, Democrats are having second thoughts about free trade. Some House members want to repeal NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. And some Senators are worried about the stimulus bill sending or financing jobs overseas. Free trade may fly with economists, but it can be a hard sell on at home with near 10 percent unemployment.
Laos' Unexploded Bombs: Deadly Scrap Metal, Toys
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military dropped more bombs on supply routes in Laos than it did on all of Europe during World War II. Laos is paying the price, as the countryside is still riddled with unexploded bombs — many of which look like harmless metal spheres. Bomb disposal units are trying to reclaim the land from tons of unexploded ordnance.
Economists Expect Unemployment Rate To Rise
Nobody expects much improvement in the unemployment rate due out Friday morning. The last monthly report from the Labor Department showed unemployment at 9.7 percent. Economists predict the number may be a little higher when February's data is announced.