Peter Smith contemplates open house acquaintances It's early summer in Minnesota and that means high school graduation open house season is going full-tilt. MPR essayist Peter Smith is wondering, are those really open houses? Or are they some sort of weird Minnesota reunions?6:55 a.m.
Republicans make concessions on spending in budget talks They say they're willing to spend more money on K12 schools, public safety and the courts, but they don't want to increase the size of their overall budget. That means Republicans would be forced to make cuts in other areas.7:20 a.m.
Wisconsin's battle over collective bargaining rights draws new round of protests There is a tent city right now outside the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. People are camped out in what they call "Walkerville" to protest Governor Scott Walker's efforts to limit public workers ability to bargain collectively. It's the latest development in a highly charged political battle in that state.7:25 a.m.
Amid Deficit, A Look Back At Bush's Surplus, Tax Cuts
President George W. Bush signed his first major round of tax cuts in 2001, reveling in a surplus and describing the reductions as giving extra federal funds back to taxpayers. Ten years later, the President Obama is facing a massive budget deficit. Are Bush's tax cuts to blame?
Health Care Costs New Threat To U.S. Military
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says pension and health care costs are eating the U.S. military alive. And the Pentagon predicts that the cost of taking care of its troops and retirees will keep growing.
As China Invests, Many Kazakhs Say: Not Too Fast
Having broken from its past as a Soviet republic, Kazakhstan is now a proud country with an up-and-coming economy and a desire to be a player on the world stage. Neighbor China seems to be offering what Kazakhstan wants: investment and political ties. But many worry about losing Kazakhstan's identity.
Apple's Steve Jobs Unveils iCloud Music Service
Steve Jobs came back from medical leave to announce Apple's much anticipated cloud music service called iCloud. It will allow users to access music they've purchased on almost any device. Apple also will offer cloud services for contacts, calendar and mail for free.
New Jersey Seeks To Shrink Medicaid
Gov. Chris Christie wants to cut $500 million in Medicaid spending — in part by freezing more than 20,000 state residents out of the program. The state would do that basically by disqualifying any adult who makes more than $6,000 a year. Critics say the cuts would hurt those who can least afford it.
15 States Try To Cut Back On Medicaid Programs
Medicaid provides health care to people with low incomes, who also meet certain other categories. And while the federal government pays more than half of the bill, the share the states pay consumes 22 percent of the average state's budget. That's more than they pay for education, transportation or other large budget items.
Appeals Court To Hear Health Law Challenge
Earlier in the year, a Florida judge struck down large portions of President Obama's health care law. A three-judge panel will take up the case in a federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Boeing Gets Military Plane Order From India
Workers at a Boeing plant in Long Beach, Calif., are celebrating a $4 billion order from India. The Indian government approved an agreement to buy 10 C-17 military transport planes on Monday.