Candidates weigh state's participation in health reform While none of the three candidates for governor is calling for the across-the-board rejection of federal health care funding like Gov. Tim Pawlenty they aren't saying the state should accept any and all federal funding either.6:40 a.m.
The Politics Of A Tax Hike
A full-blown congressional debate on the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts will unfold this fall, but some lawmakers have already weighed in on the most controversial issue: whether it makes sense, at a time of huge budget deficits, to extend tax relief for those earning more than $250,000.
Adding It Up: How Much Tax Does A Taxpayer Pay?
When it comes to taxes in the U.S., it's the income tax -- and the annual April 15 deadline for filing returns -- that gets most of our attention. But that's only part of the picture -- there are property taxes and sales taxes, even taxes built into every cell phone bill. So how much do we pay? One couple in Connecticut opens their books to find out.
New College Teaches Young American Muslims
Late last month, the 15 students who comprise Zaytuna College's inaugural class settled in to their first day in a classroom near the University of California, Berkeley. For these students, this is a chance to study with top Islamic scholars. For the school's founders, it's a chance to hone a new image for American Islam.
Daley Departure Shifts Chicago's Political Landscape
Longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced Tuesday he will not seek a seventh term in office. Part of the city's political royalty, he's credited with building the skyline and beautifying its stunning lakefront, but he leaves office with the budget in crisis, violent crime soaring in some neighborhoods and the feds probing corruption in City Hall.
NATO: Afghan Forces Can Take Control Next Year
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was in Washington Tuesday to meet with President Obama at the White House. Rasmussen tells Steve Inskeep that U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan should be able to start handing off responsibility for security to government troops beginning next year.
Shanghai 5 Years Later: More Money, More Subways
In 2005, NPR's Rob Gifford left his post as Beijing correspondent to move to London. After five years, he has moved back to China to be NPR's Shanghai correspondent. He finds there is plenty that has changed in those years away, but also plenty that has not.
Gates, Buffett To Sell Giving To China's Richest
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett head to China later this month. The two billionaires hope to spread the word that it's good to give. In Beijing, they'll urge people who have benefited from China's booming economy to pledge half their fortunes to charity. So far, only two of China's wealthiest businessmen have agreed to meet with the Americans.
HP Sues Ex-CEO Hurd Over Oracle's Job Offer
Mark Hurd recently was fired from his job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard after a scandal involving an extra-martial relationship. One of HP's main tech rivals -- Oracle -- wants to make Hurd its co-president. That's prompted HP to sue, claiming Hurd can't possibly perform the new job without tapping into HP's trade secrets.
JetBlue Customers Fly High On Special Offer
The airline is offering its second "All You Can Jet" promotion, where pass recipients have one month to travel on JetBlue flights, as many times as they want, for $699. This year's promotion is facilitating at least one band tour and fostering a bond among the travelers.
Luxury Vans Are An Alternative To Flying
Some high-powered business executives have decided to forgo flying to some business trips in favor of decked-out vans. Texas company Mobilejets has Mercedes vans that have swivel chairs, wireless Internet and a bathroom with a porcelain toilet and fresh cut flowers. It's costs $250 an hour which is still cheaper than a private jet.