As President Obama and members of Congress debate national budgets, Shawn McMahon has been calculating individual and family budgets.
He's the research director for Wider Opportunities for Women, a group that works with low-income women and families. The nonprofit group just released its Basic Economic Security Tables index, which measures the minimum income workers need to achieve basic economic security.
I'd never think that a banjo player could find my musical sweet spot, which falls somewhere between Mali and The Velvet Underground, but Otis Taylor hits it, spot on. Taylor's music is trance-inducing, and he achieves that effect by playing songs that are modal: Sometimes, they sit on one chord for the entire song.
A federal jury in San Francisco has found baseball great Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice. But jurors were not able to agree on three other counts facing Bonds. So the judge has thrown those out. Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Tom Goldman, who was in court for Wednesday's verdict.
President Obama came out swinging in the fight with Republicans over how much the federal government will spend in the future.
Medicare, the health program for the elderly, is a big target for budget-cutters in both parties. The Republican vision, as articulated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), would privatize and subsidize coverage for Americans now younger than 55.
A San Francisco jury found home-run king Barry Bonds guilty on one charge of obstruction of justice.
The former Major League Baseball player faced three charges of lying to a grand jury in 2003 about his use of steroids and human growth hormone, but the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of those counts. ESPN reports that the defense and prosecution agreed to accept a verdict on the one charge and a mistrial on the other three charges.
In the long run, growth in the federal deficit is all about health care — particularly Medicare, which accounts for the biggest chunk of government health spending.
President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican chair of the House budget committee, both recognize this. Both want to slow the rise in Medicare costs. But they want to do it in very different ways.
Ryan wants Medicare coverage to be provided by private insurers, and subsidized by the federal government. He argues that, in this system, market forces would slow the rise in health costs.
Yesterday, Korva pointed to an amusing video of lawmakers Rickrolling the Oregon State House. For the uninitiated, to Rickroll someone is to unexpectedly slip in Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up. (Morning Edition spoke to Astley back in February.)
So what Oregon lawmakers did was include snippets of the song's lyrics into their speeches on the House floor and then stich it together to make the tune. This is the final product: