Parties highlight their influence amid super PAC landscape The party conventions in Tampa and Charlotte highlight the strength of the political party system. Tens of thousands of rank-and-file state party delegates, consultants, donors and journalists spent last week at the Republican National Convention. Now, it's the Democrats' turn in Charlotte.5:35 a.m.
At Augsburg, some students mix studies and sobriety As college students head back to school this week, a small incoming class at Augsburg College is trying to do it -- sober. The two dozen new students in the school's StepUP program have all struggled with substance abuse.7:24 a.m.
On Campaign Break, Obama Tours La. Storm Damage
President Obama celebrated Labor Day in Ohio with unionized auto workers — many of whom say they owe their jobs to the federal government's rescue of Chrysler and General Motors. The president also took some time out from politicking to visit a flood-damaged area in Louisiana that was hard hit by Hurricane Isaac.
Democrats' Convention To Focus On Jobs, Economy
As the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, N.C., the economy is expected to be a central theme. The event is bookended by Monday's Labor Day celebrations and Friday's release of the latest monthly numbers on jobs.
Afghans Seek A Homegrown Plan For Security
American troops are leaving volatile Kandahar province by the thousands, handing security over to Afghan forces. But many Afghans don't trust Western forces or their own government to keep them safe. For the past two months, dozens of local leaders have been trying to come up with their own plan to revive Kandahar.
Texas Mayor Is DNC's First Latino Keynote Speaker
Julian Castro will deliver the keynote address Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. The San Antonio mayor, 37, draws comparisons to President Obama and has been called the new face of the party. He'll be introduced by this twin, Joaquin, a state legislator.
Generators Power Through India's Blackouts
A power blackout recently disrupted electrical service across North India. While much of the area was without power, those who had generators went about their normal business. One generator company says business is so brisk because the state supply of energy is so weak.
'Ambassador' Spotlights African Corruption
Danish filmmaker Mads Brugger posed as a diplomat to document rampant corruption in the Central African Republic. If the way Brugger is acting on camera makes us uncomfortable, the film asks, why aren't we doing more to stop it when it happens on a much larger scale.
Tech Giants Expected To Debut Gadgets Before Apple
Nokia, Motorola and Amazon are all expected to announce new hand-held devices this week. It may be an attempt to keep pace with Apple, now the largest U.S. company ever. Apple is rumored to be unveiling its new iPhone at a news conference next week.
What's Next? China's Fast-Growing Economy Slows
China's economic boom has altered the global economy but its growth is slowing down. Steve Inskeep talks to Beijing-based economist Patrick Chovanec about China's economic troubles, and how that affects the U.S. economy.
Democrats Gather In Charlotte To Renominate Obama
The Democratic National Convention is a chance for President Obama to fire up his base, reach out to independent voters and try to erase the messages put out last week at the Republican convention. The horse race, meanwhile, is stuck where its been for months: Romney and Obama are tied with any lead well within the margin of error.