Barack Obama
11:06 am
Fri October 7, 2011

One Term, Or Two? Obama Faces Season Of Doubt

Obama is surrounded by former presidents in the Oval Office in 2009. Two of his predecessors — George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — won two terms, while two others — George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — left office after just one.

J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 12:56 pm

For President Obama, this is the Season of Doubt.

There is in the American air — some 13 months away from the 2012 election — a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable.

A recent poll reveals that most Americans — 55 percent — believe Obama will be a one-term president. On hearing the results, Obama told ABC News: "I'm used to being an underdog."

Read more
The Two-Way
10:35 am
Fri October 7, 2011

In Sirte, Assault Seeking To Quell Loyalists Meets Fierce Resistance

On a morning of fierce street fighting, a wounded man is wheeled into a field hospital outside Sirte. The city was rocked by explosions, and Libyan National Transitional Council fighters were targeted by pro-Gadhafi snipers.

Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

In Libya, revolutionary fighters staged a full assault on Sirte early Friday, trying to subdue the town that now serves as a bastion for fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The coastal city, Gadhafi's hometown, was attacked from nearly all sides Friday, with many exchanges involving tanks, mortars, and rockets.

Read more
Shots - Health Blog
10:23 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Influential Panel Giving Thumbs Down To Routine Prostate Cancer Test

Chicago attorney Tom Hayward suffered a raging infection after a prostate biopsy. He had to be hospitalized, but has since recovered.

Icoi Johnson for NPR

The same group that caused a ruckus by recommending against mammograms for women in their 40s is about to tell men that a routine blood test for prostate cancer does most of them more harm than good.

The problem is that the test doesn't do enough to save lives and subjects many men to additional tests and surgery. The side effects, including impotence and incontinence, outweigh the benefits for men in good heath, according to reports about the findings of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Read more
The Salt
10:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

How That Food You Throw Out Is Linked To Global Warming

The greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste amount to 135 million tons a year, a company has found.

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 4:44 am

It's funny how some people are embarrassed by the state of their refrigerator – perhaps because it's full of beer and condiments and nothing else.

For me, it's the guilt of seeing off-color sausage or slimy lettuce disintegrating in my refrigerator drawer. Sadly, I am just another American prone to wasting food. Collectively, we waste about 55 million tons of the stuff a year, or 40 percent of the food supply, researchers estimate.

Read more
World
10:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Women's Rights Pioneers Win Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners were named Friday: Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian activist and author Leymah Gbowee. Michel Martin discusses the winners and meaning of the prize with Kristian Berg Harpviken, who follows the Nobel Committee's process closely and directs the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.

News
10:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

For Obama, Good News From New Jobs Report

The economy added 103,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. That's according to Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday also marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie recently announced they'd sit out of the GOP presidential race. Michel Martin talks politics with Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Mindy Finn, former advisor for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.

The Two-Way
9:20 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Ten Years Ago Today, President Bush Announced Strikes On Afghanistan

Oct. 7, 2001: President George W. Bush poses for a photo in the Treaty Room of the White House after announcing airstrikes on on Afghanistan.

Hillery Smith Garrison AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 9:25 am

At 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced to the nation that "on my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al-Qaida terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."

Read more
The Salt
7:47 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Cantaloupe Recall Due To Listeria Expands To Pre-Cut Fruit Salads

A fast-growing segment of the fruit market, pre-cut salad, is getting caught up in the cantaloupe listeria recall

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 11:02 am

The FDA just announced another recall in connection to the listeria outbreak in cantaloupes that has been blamed for at least 18 deaths and 100 illnesses since August.

This time the potential suspect is a growing segment of the grocery market — those pre-cut chunks of cantaloupe that get mixed in with various other fruits for ready made salads.

Read more
The Two-Way
7:40 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Values Voter Summit Underway; GOP Contenders To Speak

The annual Values Voter Summit is happening now in Washington, and if you want to hear what most of the Republican presidential contenders are telling the conservative activists, it's all online for the watching.

Organizers are streaming the event here. It's also on C-SPAN.org.

Read more
Shots - Health Blog
6:51 am
Fri October 7, 2011

To Keep Required Insurance Affordable, Start With Price

It may not be the sexiest piece of last year's health overhaul law, but it's one that has given small businesses and insurers a lot of heartburn. What exactly should be required when it comes to benefits?

Read more

Pages