Wisconsin recall election could hinge on voter turnout Candidates and their supporters are waging a huge effort to get out the vote in Wisconsin, ahead of a recall election that has become a national showdown over union rights. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Jason Stein, who covers politics for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.8:25 a.m.
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Health Insurance Cutbacks Squeeze The Insured
Health insurance has been changing dramatically. Even people with insurance are paying thousands of dollars out of pocket before their insurance kicks in. And when that happens, insurance picks up less than it used to — often a lot less.
U.S. Politicians See Opposite Messages In Euro Crisis
Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. can't agree on what's behind the eurozone's troubles. Now it looks like the Europeans may try the approach President Obama has advocated: a commitment to long-term fiscal discipline while pursuing growth in the short term.
Mongolians Scramble For A Share Of Mining Wealth
A massive mine in the middle of the Gobi is providing opportunities to thousands of young Mongolians, drawing talent from other fields such as tourism. But some complain that foreigners earn more than locals, and those who can't find mining work are striking out on their own as illegal prospectors.
VA Training Helps Clergy Minister To Vets
Veterans dealing with the trauma of war will often turn to a priest or pastor of their church for guidance before going to a mental health professional. Experts say that type of support can be especially important in rural areas that aren't near a VA medical center.
CBO Report: U.S. Economy Could Slide Into Recession
The Congressional Budget Office is warning the U.S. economy could fall back into a recession if Washington doesn't address the looming fiscal crisis. The Bush-era tax cuts are supposed to expire as is a temporary reduction in the payroll tax. Meanwhile, deep cuts in federal spending are supposed to take place if Congress and the White House can't agree on a debt-reduction plan.
Fight Over Flame Retardants In Furniture Heats Up
Nearly every sofa and armchair sold in the U.S. is treated with flame-retardant chemicals thanks to an obscure California law. Some experts say the chemicals do little to prevent fires; others worry that they might cause health problems. The industry has opposed attempts to change the law.
Voting Opens In Egypt's Historical Election
Egyptian voters go to the polls over the next two days to vote for president. There are 12 candidates but polls suggest the race is down to four men: two Islamists and two former officials in the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. If no one wins at least 50 percent of the vote in the first round, a runoff will be held next month.