At Wednesday's press conference, President Obama urged congressional leaders, and particularly Republicans, to be more open to negotiations when it comes to raising the debt limit and cutting the deficit. To learn what the continued standoff between Republicans and Democrats will mean for the U.S. economy, host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Wall Street Journal reporter Sudeep Reddy.
Tammy Marquardt, now 39, spent 14 years in prison for a crime she didn't commit.
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Medical and legal experts often disagree on how to determine the cause of a child's unexpected death. One result is that parents sometimes are wrongly accused of murder and sent to prison. No place has uncovered a bigger problem — or dealt with it more directly — than Ontario, Canada. That change can be seen in the arc of Tammy Marquardt's life.
Stephen Colbert at last October's "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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Comedian Stephen Colbert can launch a so-called super political action committee and, in theory, raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash for the 2012 political season, USA Today's On Politics blog reports.
Buried a bit in the stories about journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and his decision last week to reveal that he has been in the U.S. illegally since he came here from the Philippines as a young boy, was the fact that in 2004 he told an editor at The Washington Post about his situation.
"The Senate has abandoned plans for a July 4 break and instead will work next week as lawmakers race the clock in an attempt to strike a compromise on avoiding a government default and reducing mammoth federal deficits," The Associated Press writes.
The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released a statement a short time ago in which Reid says:
FRANKFORT – Kentuckians have an opportunity to check if their public water system is in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The Division of Water has prepared its annual compliance report that summarizes violations incurred by public water systems across the state. The federal Environmental Protection Agency will summarize and evaluate all state reports in a national report that also must make recommendations concerning the resources needed to improve compliance with the federal act.
Attorney General Jack Conway is alerting Kentucky consumers to a resurgence of the "grandparent's scam" targeting senior citizens. The Office of Consumer Protection has received nearly a dozen complaints this year related to the "grandparent's scam" with victims reporting losses of nearly $40,000. Four of the complaints were received within the last month.
Members of Mason County's Minerva community came out in full force Wednesday night to protest of the possible closing of the post office. From the owner of the building leased by the post office to a representative from U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis' office, opinions and a message of community pride was voiced to USPS Cincinnati District Representative Bob Redden.