Oberstar, Bachmann react to Obama's speech MPR's Morning Edition interviewed Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Wednesday for their reaction to President Barack Obama's speech on the Gulf Coast oil spill. Below are excerpts from those interviews.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota-made beach cleaning machines help in gulf Machines made in Minnesota, are being used to clean up beaches affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill. Mike McPherson is the Vice-President of Sales for Cherrington Beach Cleaners and he is in Grand Isle over-seeing the operation there. He talked to Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.
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Obama Tells Nation Of 'Battle Plan' To Fight Spill
President Obama made his first Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night. The president says he will demand the chairman of BP set aside whatever money is needed to compensate the many people who have been hurt by the company's "recklessness."
Pensacolans Call For Action After Speech
Hours before President Obama delivered his prime-time speech, he took a walk on the beach in Pensacola, Fla., where tar balls have washed ashore. Some locals gathered at a restaurant on that same beach Tuesday night to watch the president's Oval Office address. Most said they're disappointed in the length of time it's taken to get the oil spill under control.
Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Looking Past Appearances
The Daily Beast editor-in-chief joins NPR's Steve Inskeep for another chat about the best reading she's been doing lately — books and articles about an iconic Depression-era photo, campaign promises and a country that has a way of flying too close to the sun.
Catholic Church Widens Role In Cuban Politics
The Roman Catholic Church in Cuba has embarked on an effort to engage with the Castro government, but it's not clear how much it can ease Havana's hard-line stance against dissent. The new dialogue recently resulted in the release of an ailing political prisoner and other concessions.
Security Worries Overshadow U.S.-Mexico Park Plan
After more than 70 years, a project to create an international peace park between Texas and Mexico is slowly moving forward. Last month, Presidents Obama and Calderon signed a joint statement pledging both countries' interest in protecting cross-border wild lands. But concerns over border security overshadow the project.
Mexican Family Flees To El Paso To Escape Violence
Tens of thousands of people have fled the drug cartel violence of Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico. One family fled to El Paso, Texas, to escape the unimaginable level of violence brought on by the drug trade in Mexico.
BP London Shares Lower Ahead Of Obama Meeting
Investors seem apprehensive about Wednesday's meeting between President Obama and top executives from the oil company BP. In London trading, BP shares are lower. The company's stock already has fallen about 50 percent, since one of its wells began leaking in the Gulf in April.
Microsoft's About-Face: Offers Free Online Products
Microsoft has released its latest version of Office, known as Office 2010. Company head Steve Ballmer says the software has new features aimed at fending off Google's competing products which are offered free online.
Google Cuts Down On Use Of Microsoft Windows
It's been reported that Google is ordering new employees to no longer use the Windows operating system. Instead, they must use Apple's operating system or Linux. The move reportedly is due to inherent security problems with Windows. Steve Fox, editorial director for PC World, talks to Deborah Amos about Microsoft Windows and security.
Google Asks For Comments On Microsoft Truck
The tech blog Gawker reports a Microsoft truck drove around Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley. The truck belonged to Microsoft's search engine Bing. It appeared to be taking pictures, perhaps for Microsoft's online mapping service. A Google employee photographed the truck, and posted it online so others could comment. One called the truck "the roach coach of search engines."