Congress set to vote on new farm bill Congress is expected to pass a new five-year farm bill this week. After that, the bill will head to President Bush, who has indicated he will veto the $300 billion package. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota DFL Congressman Collin Peterson, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee.7:50 a.m.
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Bush Begins Five-Day Mideast Tour
President Bush heads to Israel on Tuesday to join in celebrations marking its 60th anniversary. His visit to the Jewish state is the first stop on a five-day trip that will take him to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. President Bush will also work on getting the Middle East peace negotiations back on track.
Israel at 60: Prospects for Peace
Israel is commemorating the 60th anniversary of its independence. Michael Oren, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem-based research group Shalem Center, talks about what the anniversary means to Israelis and Palestinians, and how much hope there is for peace talks between the two sides.
American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past
Much has changed since the days when off-reservation schools were used to expel Indian culture. Students at Sherman Indian High School in California say they appreciate that instructors teach about other tribes. But budget cuts may put the schools in peril.
Inflation Calculation Leaves Out Food, Energy Prices
The government releases new inflation statistics Wednesday, and consumer prices are expected to rise. While the Federal Reserve does keep an eye on inflation, it usually doesn't take food and energy prices into account. David Wessel, economics editor at the Wall Street Journal, talks about the Fed data.
Analysis: Politics of Natural Disaster in China
Co-host Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Frank Langfitt about Monday's earthquake in China. Langfitt has covered China and spent more than five years in the country as a correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.
Myanmar Aid: 'Trying to Make the Best of Things'
The death toll continues to climb in Myanmar. The military government is still refusing to allow foreigners experienced in managing humanitarian crises to reach survivors of the cyclone. Frank Smithuis of Doctors Without Borders in Yangon says aid workers and survivors are "trying to make the best of things."
U.S. Railroad Industry Thriving as Economy Slumps
The railroad freight industry is booming. Executives say higher fuel prices and a weak dollar are helping freight lines. Wick Moorman, CEO of Norfolk Southern, talks about how the industry can thrive despite an economic slump.
New Stamp Puts Sinatra Back in the Spotlight
The United States Postal Service releases its commemorative Frank Sinatra stamp Tuesday — a day before the 10th anniversary of the singer's death. It features his trademark fedora, a big smile and Ol' Blue Eyes.