Oregon as a local food movement hub? That's obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That's one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.
The president had a tumultuous week, admitting his administration "fumbled" the roll-out of his health care law, and extending a one-year extension for insurance policies that would have been canceled under the new law. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson about President Obama's insecure footing.
"Those whose jobs often involve great emotional stress develop an amazing stoic power to defer emotion — a power that momentarily eluded me," Walter Cronkite said about his announcement of President Kennedy's assassination. Listen to his recollections and three other compelling pieces from the NPR archives.
A recent email sent to Don Gonyea announced that Chris Christie trails Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 race for the presidency. As a political reporter for NPR, Gonyea loves the campaign trail. But this early in the game, he wonders if there aren't more important things to talk about.
The 39 Democratic "yes" votes on a House bill that party leaders say would undercut the president's health care law come from districts where Obama won by an average of 6 points in the 2012 election. The 153 Democrats who voted "no" come from districts where the president won by an average of 38 points.
The EPA proposed a new standard on Friday for how much biofuel must be mixed into the nation's gasoline. The portion of vehicle fuel that comes from plants has increased dramatically over recent years to about 10 percent. But most of it comes from corn. Congress hoped that, by now, a billion gallons would be coming from advanced biofuels, which have much smaller greenhouse gas footprints. That hasn't happened. But the nascent cellulosic fuel industry says don't count it out. Several plants are on the verge of opening and more will be on the way.
Many people have been notified by their insurers that their health plans are being cancelled to meet benchmarks in the Affordable Care Act requiring coverage of a broader range of treatments. Robert Siegel talks to Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, about what makes insurance plans non-compliant with the health law's new standards.
On Thursday, President Obama offered a fix to the Affordable Care Act to deal with his promise that if you like your health plan, you can keep it. On Friday, the House passed a bill, 261-157, that would go further. It would give insurance companies the option of continuing all their existing plans for a year. This, and a related bill in the Senate, are garnering support among some worried Democrats.
Audie Cornish turns to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks with The New York Times to discuss the week in politics. They discuss the president's attempt to delay insurance policy cancellations, the response from House Republicans, as well as nuclear talks with Iran.