The day after his State of the Union address, President Obama headed to Wisconsin for a White House on Main Street event. It's a state that traditionally favors Democrats. Obama won it in 2008, but Republicans dominated in the last election.
Journalist Chris Hedges wrote a book criticizing the left — from farther left. His book Death of the Liberal Class argues that liberal politicians, academics and others have sold out. He tells Steve Inskeep he's no fan of the president's speech.
Twenty-five years ago, an event occurred that is seared into the memory of most Americans: About a minute after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger blew apart, killing all aboard, including teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe.
The day started off innocently enough. It was unusually cold in Florida that day, but NASA managers decided to attempt a launch anyway. As a subsequent investigation made clear, the cold temperature made O-rings, which were intended to contain hot gases, fail on the solid rocket boosters.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't deliver the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, but it was her speech that had the world of politics and media buzzing Wednesday.
Bachmann's rebuttal message, hosted by the Tea Party Express, drew less attention for its substance than for CNN's decision to air it live.