Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, speaks as Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn, and Sen. Boxer, D-Calif, during a news conference on Feb. 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The news conference was to discuss the Obama administration's requiring employers to provide free contraceptive in their health coverage.
Buses and vans are seen near Oshodi market in Lagos on Feb. 1, 2012. A nationwide strike and protests brought tens of thousands into the streets in Nigeria over fuel prices in January. Nigerians are now left coping with high petrol prices despite large fuel reserves. Resource wealth often leads to corruption.
Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 8:31 am
Peter Passell, the Economics Editor of Democracy Lab, is a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute.
Note that Dutch disease may or may not hurt an economy as a whole; not every country needs a healthy manufacturing sector to thrive. But there's a case to be made (especially in the case of poor countries) that manufactured exports generate all sorts of positive spillovers that spur development. For example, large-scale manufacturing creates a demand for sophisticated finance and management, both of which are foundations to economic growth.
Alex Kotlowitz (left) is the author of There Are No Children Here, The Other Side of the River and Never a City So Real. Steve James is the director, producer and co-editor of Hoop Dreams. His other films include Stevie and At the Death House Door.
Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 10:21 am
Hospitals and organizations operated by religious institutions will not have to pay for or provide free contraception coverage to their employees, but the insurance companies that offer coverage to those workers will have to do that, White House officials just told reporters during a conference call.
They're explaining changes to a controversial plan the administration unveiled in recent days. The goal of the change appears to be to provide the coverage, but at the same time to not force religious groups to violate their principles.
Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 1:10 pm
There's an old joke around newsrooms: News is something that happens to your editor.
If you'll pardon the self-indulgence, I'm going to take this truism one step further: News is what happened to me.
I was laid low the week before New Year's Day by a mysterious headache and a blazing sore throat. A few days later I lost my voice.
My doctors eventually pinpointed the cause by snaking a small camera down my nose. My left vocal fold (or vocal cord if you prefer) had stopped working. It was essentially paralyzed, other than the occasional twitch.
Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 7:08 am
Rick Santorum surprised the Republican presidential field again this week, chalking up victories against front-runner Mitt Romney in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri. Very few pundits would have predicted six months ago that the former Pennsylvania senator would still be a contender this late into the primary season. So what's his secret and can he keep it up?
To get some of those answers, NPR's Steve Inskeep spoke with Santorum strategist John Brabender on Friday's Morning Edition.