Walz talks Afghanistan and health care Congress is back in session, and tonight members of the House and Senate will hear directly from President Obama. The president is expected to spell out how he wants to change the country's health care system.
Minnesota DFL Congressman Tim Walz will be in attendance. He spent the last week of his August recess focused on international affairs. He was part of an official congressional delegation to that traveled to Afghanistan and several African countries.7:20 a.m.
Mayo official to be in audience at Obama speech Tonight, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress about his ideas to restructure the nation's health care system. One of the people who is expected to be in the audience in Washington is Jeffrey Korsmo, the Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center.8:40 a.m.
Major Banks Still Grappling With Foreclosures
One year after the financial crisis hit, the foreclosure mess hasn't improved. Economists repeatedly have said that preventing foreclosures is good for the housing market and the economy. But despite a major effort by the Obama administration, many loan modifications aren't going through.
Widespread Alcohol Abuse Clouds Mongolia's Future
A World Health Organization report notes that alcohol abuse could be Mongolia's biggest stumbling block to economic and social progress as it drives up crime rates and creates public health concerns. Critics also say alcohol is too plentiful and the government is too reliant on revenues from alcohol sales.
Swine Flu Threatens French Tradition, Kissing
Fears of a swine flu pandemic are forcing counties to step up prevention measures. In France, a deeply-held social custom may be affected. Some companies and schools already have started discouraging the social ritual of kissing.
S.C. Gov. Sanford Takes To The Airwaves
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford insists he won't resign. He's been making the rounds lately, apologizing for a sex scandal. He went on a conservative radio talk show to take calls directly from the public on Tuesday.
Sen. Snowe Working To Find Health Care Consensus
When President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, he may especially hope to sway one Republican senator from Maine. Some say Olympia Snowe may hold the key to unlocking stalled health care legislation. If so, it may have a lot to do with the history of health care struggles in Snowe's home state.
Gingrich's Advice To Obama: Split Health Bill
When President Obama goes before Congress on Wednesday, he hopes to regain control over the health debate. When President Clinton tried to overhaul the system, he had to deal with Republican Newt Gingrich. In an interview, Gingrich says he doesn't think an overhaul can be done in one sweeping bill.
U.S. Company To Build Huge Solar Plant In China
Arizona-based First Solar says it plans to build the world's largest solar plant in China. It's the first major foray by a U.S. company into the Asian nation's fast-growing alternative energy sector. First Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar panels. The proposed plant would bring electricity to about three million Chinese households.
Low Dollar Drives Investors To Commodities
The U.S. dollar is at its lowest level of the year against the Euro, and it's lost ground against other currencies as well. The weakness of the dollar has helped push up the cost of commodities like oil and copper.
U.S. Automakers Pin Recovery Hopes On 2010 Line
Automakers are rolling out their 2010 lineup. For American carmakers struggling to regain traction, their new offerings are critical to their recovery. Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at the auto information Web site Edmunds.com, talks with Renee Montagne about what U.S. automakers have to offer consumers.
McDonald's Loses Trademark Battle In Malaysia
The highest court in Malaysia has ruled that a curry restaurant may keep the prefix 'Mc.' For eight years, McDonald's has been fighting a trademark battle against McCurry, which serves chicken curry and other Indian dishes.