On Syria, Minnesotans in Congress seek diplomacy Even before Monday's offer by Russia to take control of Syria's chemical weapons, members of Congress spanning the partisan spectrum from Democrat Rick Nolan to Republican Michele Bachmann were looking for an alternative to military strikes against the Assad regime. Above, Assad supporters in Damascus.7:20 a.m.
Fertilizer by-product an unhealthy, expensive risk to water quality Fertilizer use in farming is so prevalent that at least two dozen Minnesota communities have unhealthy levels of its by-products in their drinking water supplies. Crop researchers say there is a proven solution: perennial crops which absorb nitrates. But not many farmers have adopted the method.7:25 a.m.
Obama asking lawmakers to defy public opinion on Syria As President Obama gets ready to address the nation tonight about Syria, the White House continues to lobby members of Congress to back military action that nation. How do lawmakers weigh the decision to buck their constituents? MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Carleton College political science professor Steven Schier about that question.8:45 a.m.
Analyzing How Presidents Wage War
Virtually every president before President Obama has viewed the 1973 War Powers Act as unconstitutional, says historian Michael Beschloss. In a conversation with Renee Montagne, Beschloss analyzes Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria — and what it says about his presidency.
Ordinary Americans React To Calls For Strikes On Syria
As Congress prepares to take a vote on whether to launch a military strike against Syria, opinions vary widely among voters. We'll get a sampling of opinions from Fort Campbell, Ky., Los Angeles and State College, Pa.
Remembering A 'Brave,' 'Lucky' Hero In The War Of 1812
That war gave us our national anthem and a stable border with Canada, but otherwise, not much is remembered about that conflict nowadays. This changed over Labor Day when the largest sailing re-enactment ever attempted in the U.S. marked the anniversary of a remarkable victory in that war.
During Katrina, 'Memorial' Doctors Chose Who Lived, Who Died
With waters rising and their hospital on the verge of losing power, Memorial Medical Center staff were faced with an ethical question: Who to save first? Sheri Fink reconstructs their decisions — from hastening patients' deaths to evacuating the sickest last — in Five Days at Memorial.
NASA's Latest Mission To The Moon Is On Track
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is on its way to the Moon. It lifted off on time Friday night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Some early software problems have been successfully resolved.
Verizon Creates Shock Waves With Planned Debt Sale
The telecommunications giant is expected to raise $20 billion or more Wednesday in what would be the largest sale of its kind. Sales from the bonds would help fund the company's buyout of Vodafone, which owns nearly half its wireless division.
Neiman Marcus Sells For $6 Billion
Two large investors — Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — have reached a deal to purchase upscale retailer Neiman Marcus. The two buyers will hold equal shares of Neiman, which is based in Dallas.
Delta Airlines Woos Ultra Frequent Fliers
Airlines are pulling out the stops to keep their elite frequent fliers. But Delta has raised the bar — using a sports car to shuttle late passengers to their connecting planes.
Remembering Car Salesman Cal Worthington
Cal Worthington built an empire of West Coast car dealerships. He became a TV fixture thanks to his iconic ads, which began running in the 1970s. Worthington died Sunday at the age of 92.