Morning Edition for October 11, 2013
Oct 11, 2013 — The partial government shutdown has entered its 11th day. The White House and Republican leaders met on Thursday. And for the first time, there's a sense of optimism that the parties might get the budget standoff settled.
Oct 11, 2013 — There's been a lot of loose talk about how House Speaker John Boehner could lose his job if he doesn't stay on the right side his Tea Party caucus. But House rules actually make it very difficult to get rid of a speaker in the middle of a congressional term.
Oct 9, 2013 — Journals usually require researchers to reveal genetic sequences for a toxin that is the subject of a scientific paper. The requirement was waived for a new botulinum toxin because of security risks.
Oct 11, 2013 — Leaks by Edward Snowden prompted the intelligence community to declassify details about super secret phone and Internet surveillance. But with every detail government lawyers release comes the pressure and the legal obligation to release more.
Oct 11, 2013 — Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is based on a real-life case of a freighter overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009. You might know the story, but critic Kenneth Turan says this film will exceed your expectations. Plus, Morning Edition investigates what it takes to have a convincing Boston accent.
Oct 11, 2013 — Boulder, Colo., is home to a large number of non-essential workers furloughed by the government shutdown. The economic impact is beginning to be felt in the city as the political standoff has continued. It is now in its 11th day.
Oct 11, 2013 — The government shutdown has some American Indian tribes bracing for the worst. They've seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance. At the same time, a handful of northern Arizona tribes are seeing an unexpected spike in tourists who were turned away from nearby national parks.
Oct 11, 2013 — Patricia Rucker is the president of her local Tea Party branch in Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Her husband is an essential federal employee who hasn't been paid since the government partially closed. While Patricia is worried how her family will pay their bills if the closure persists, she fully supports the shutdown if it means change in Washington.
Oct 11, 2013 — A farmer was harvesting when he found crude oil spewing out of the ground and covering an area the size of seven football fields. More than 20,000 barrels have been contained. The oil came out of a pipeline owned by Texas-based Tesoro Logistics.
Oct 11, 2013 — Steve Inskeep talks to David Evans about his investigative piece appearing in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine. The story, "Fleeced by Fees," is about consumers losing profits on their financial investments due to fees and commissions.