And now, a new tick on the American conversation on religion. Yes, politicos discuss how GOP candidates appealed for the Evangelical vote in Iowa, and will again in South Carolina. But, another discussion arises from the spectacle of one Tim Tebow. The Denver Broncos quarterback’s out-of-nowhere fourth quarter surges and open displays of devotion make him the target of criticism and adulation.
Former New Jersey Governor and EPA head Christie Todd Whitman is now leading a national effort to expand nuclear power, calling it the best clean energy source to replace fossil fuels. But her efforts come at a difficult time for the nuclear industry, given fears stoked by the Fukushima disaster in Japan last spring and criticisms from some suggesting that danger it can bring is not worth the energy it can provide.
The New Hampshire primary is about politics – obviously – but it’s also about economics, albeit in a much smaller way. While the rest of the state was watching vote totals and checking on the mood at campaign headquarters, reporter Amanda Loder of StateImpact New Hampshire was looking at the economic effects of the first in the nation primary. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what she learned.
Attorneys for the state and for ten N.H. hospitals are in federal court this week. The hospitals are suing the state over major cuts in Medicaid they say are impacting medical services for low income patients.
Ten of the state’s largest hospitals say that $130 million in state Medicaid cuts is not only forcing hospitals to cut services to the poor, but they are also illegal. Gordon Macdonald is the hospital’s attorney.
A year ago this week, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot while meeting constituents outside an Arizona supermarket. Six others were killed and thirteen injured when Jared Loughner unloaded thirty-two rounds of bullets from a Glock handgun into the crowd. A year later, on January 8th, Gabby Giffords led the pledge of allegiance at a candlelight vigil in Tucson. Reporter and author Tom Zoellner is a fifth-generation Arizona native. He considers the baffling “Tuscon tragedy” to be more than a random act by a mentally ill aggressor.
There are strange noises and a rotten smell coming from the attic of Solomon Kugel’s old farmhouse in upstate New York. His wife resents him, his kid is sickly and his mother, who grew up in the United States, imagines herself a Holocaust survivor with PTSD. Yet, Kugel remains an optimist, which his shrink declares is the problem: the more hell bent one is on life, the more terrified of death.
After nearly a year of speeches, rallies, political ads and debates, New Hampshire's First in the Nation Primary ended pretty quickly tonight with Mitt Romney taking gold. Ron Paul finished a strong second with John Huntsman, who put all his cards into the Granite State, finished a respectable third. Today we'll we'll look back at last night's contest, see who the big winners and loser were and where the race to be the Republican Presidential candidate goes from here.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul did three times better in the 2012 primary than in 2008. NHPR's Jon Greeenberg sat down with the campaign's state director, Jared Chicoine. Chicoine has a dozen years of electoral work under his belt. He was in Senator Bob Smith's primary battle with John E. Sununu. Chicoine also worked with State Senator Bob O'Dell, and the congressional campaign of Sean Mahoney.
Sitting in a hotel lobby in Bow on the night of the primary, Chicoine told us a bit about the Ron Paul ground game.
Neither of them finished in the top three in New Hampshire, but Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum both say their campaigns will continue.
The two of them battled for fourth place behind Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman.
Gingrich says he’ll campaign tomorrow in South Carolina.
“I’m asking each of you not to slow down, in the next couple of days, make a list of every person you know in South Carolina and every person you know in Florida cause those are the next two great contests.”