Lawmakers still show no sign of a settlement to avert a government shutdown. It would happen at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Talks continued in private between Republican and Democratic leaders. And on a trip to Pennsylvania Wednesday, President Obama warned about the consequences of a shutdown. Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner accused the president of showing no leadership. Michele Norris talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the politics of the budget shut down.
The 2011 Masters Golf Tournament, one of the most prestigious sporting events, swings into action Thursday. And while all eyes may be on household names like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, one person to look out for is a 19-year-old Japanese phenomenon named Ryo Ishikawa. Melissa Block talks with Sports Illustrated senior writer Damon Hack about the young golfer and his pledge to donate his entire 2011 earnings for the Japanese relief efforts.
Like other Japanese manufacturers, Toyota has had to suspend production since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The impact is being felt acutely in Toyota City, where the company is based. Many small manufacturers there survive by selling parts to the automaker, and the shutdowns are already hurting the local economy.
Hailing from Seattle, Michael Benjamin Lerner, the brains behind the band Telekinesis, knows a thing or two about brightening up rainy days. So even though his songs are full of dark tales, he manages to turn them into unsuspecting pop hits. After releasing his upbeat debut album, Telekinesis!, in 2009, Lerner was instantly recognized for his songwriting prowess and ability to play drums and sing simultaneously in live performance.