Morning Edition for January 29, 2014
Jan 29, 2014 — President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech with enthusiasm Tuesday night. Facing a Congress that has often frustrated him, the president offered a list of proposals they could pass — and a series of plans he could enact if they don't.
Jan 29, 2014 — Members of the House and Senate sit and listen and often applaud the presidential State of the Union, but when it's done many members crowd the microphones in Statuary Hall to oppose the chief executive's vision.
Jan 29, 2014 — Ice, snow and freezing temperatures have combined to bring a large chunk of the southeast to a halt. Children are stranded at schools and travelers at airports. More than 3,000 flights were canceled.
Jan 29, 2014 — The House on Wednesday approved a five-year compromise farm, signalling perhaps the final stretch for a two-year legislative battle. Because so much of the spending in the measure depends on enrollment in programs like food stamps, it's hard to know if it will save taxpayers money.
Jan 29, 2014 — The New York congressman went on live TV to comment on the State of the Union speech. At the end, the reporter started to ask about a problem with one of his campaign contributors. Grimm stormed off. The camera was still on when he returned and said, "I'll break you in half."
Jan 29, 2014 — Prices for natural gas are rising again with much of the nation experiencing cold weather. In Ohio, utilities are asking customers to turn down thermostats to make sure there's enough gas for everyone.
Jan 29, 2014 — From the Afghan capital Kabul, we get reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address. The president devoted only a couple paragraphs in the speech to Afghanistan. Was there much for people to react to?
Jan 29, 2014 — When you hear the words bubonic plague, Black Death usually comes to mind. But the first plague pandemic happened 800 years earlier, when the Justinian plague wiped out nearly a quarter of the world's population. Scientists have decoded the bacteria responsible, which have roots in China.
Jan 29, 2014 — Ford Motor Company closed the books on 2013 with a strong fourth quarter. For the year, Ford's net earnings surpassed $7 billion. It delivered 6.3 million vehicles, an increase of more than half a million over 2012. But Ford is warning this year will be a tough one.
Jan 29, 2014 — College football and basketball are big business. So are the players of those sports just students, or are they employees with the right to unionize? Football players at Northwestern University have voted to form a union.