How Minnesota's delegation voted on the bailout Minnesota's congressional representatives split their votes on the $700 billion rescue bill for the financial services industry. The U.S. House rejected the measure this afternoon.7:20 a.m.
Reflections on an old boat for sale It's a busy time for many boat owners right now as they prepare their rigs for winter. There's an old adage that the two happiest days for a boat owner are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell it. Commentator Peter Smith has these thoughts on the life cycle of a boat.7:25 a.m.
Farmers disappointed at low soybean yields The Minnesota soybean harvest is getting started, and there's a bit of disappointment so far in the results. For some farmers, yields are falling short of what they had hoped for and they're also worried about declining crop prices.7:35 a.m.
Country of origin labels coming to the grocery store Country of Origin Labeling will be required on fresh meat, produce and seafood on Sept. 30th, and phased in over six months. Supporters of the legislation say the labels will help consumers make more informed food choices. But others say the labels will add cost with very little benefit.7:40 a.m.
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Bailout Fails; Leaders Vow To Try Again
The drama on Capitol Hill Monday reverberated on Wall Street and in financial markets around the world. The House rejected the proposed $700 billion rescue plan for Wall Street despite pleas from President Bush, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and congressional leaders. Lawmakers will be back later this week to try again.
Palin Tries For Second Act On The Road
After her big debut at the GOP convention, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is struggling to persuade uncommitted voters that she is prepared to be vice president. Although Palin is a spunky speaker, she has mostly been sealed in a protective cocoon.
'Grapes Of Wrath' And The Politics of Book Burning
The Steinbeck classic was banned and burned in a number of cities, including Kern County, Calif. — the endpoint of the Joad family's fictional migration West. Rick Wartzman, the author of Obscene In The Extreme, says the ban was politically motivated.
Is The Economic Sky Falling?
The rescue package for the financial sector failed in Congress Monday. Stock markets fell overseas. Now many people are wondering what will happen next with the U.S. economy. Will all those apocalyptic predictions come true now that the bailout bill has failed?
Baghdad Wall Falls, Neighborhood Celebrates
Fifteen months ago, a Baghdad neighborhood was so dangerous that a concrete barrier was built to separate the Sunni and Shiite sides. Security has improved, and the barrier is coming down. Two communities that were once bitter enemies are reconciling.
Monitors Oversee Russia's Withdrawal From Georgia
More than 300 civilian European Union monitors and support staff are in place to oversee Russia's withdrawal from parts of Georgia Wednesday. But Moscow says that it won't allow observers into a buffer zone surrounding South Ossetia. Steve Inskeep reports.
What Does Obama's Health Plan Really Cost?
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama says his health plan would make insurance available to all Americans. But health policy analysts say that the estimated cost of the plan is far higher than what the campaign is saying.
Same-Day Voters In Ohio Barraged With Ads
Beginning Tuesday, voters in Ohio have a six-day window in which they may register and cast their ballot in the same day. Political campaigns are taking advantage of the target audience and inundating television viewers with ads. And it's not just the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, ads involving local initiatives are bombarding viewers too.
Trading Halted On Russian Exchanges
Foreign markets were stunned when lawmakers in the House failed to pass the Wall Street rescue plan Monday. Russian regulators suspended trading at the country's two major stock exchanges after shares in major oil companies plunged. Moscow's markets are dominated by oil companies, and the exchanges have been volatile for months as investors worry about the global economy.
European Markets Stunned U.S. Bailout Failed
Financial turmoil in the U.S. stock markets is being felt overseas. In some European nations, governments have had to nationalize lenders. Philip Coggan, capital markets editor for The Economist, says it could get worse because big pension funds and money market funds are nervous about putting money into banks.