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And I'm Michele Norris.
This summer, we'll be launching a series on women and childbirth. We'll bring you stories from China, Egypt, France and, of course, from all over the United States. And we'll be reporting on everything from the latest science to cultural trends, to the many challenges that pregnant women face around the world.
It's been a tough week for Congressman Paul Ryan. He wrote the House Republican's budget, including the plan that would eventually privatize Medicare. Ryan's plan played a big part in a special election in upstate New York this week, an election that flipped the seat from Republican to Democrat. Then yesterday, a majority of the Senate, including five Republicans, voted to kill the Ryan budget.
And we're going to stay on the topic of Arizona. A new word is about to enter the political lexicon: Sarah-zona. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported recently that Sarah Palin and her husband Todd may have purchased an 8,000-square-foot house in Scottsdale, fueling speculation that the former Alaska governor might use the Southwestern state as a base for a presidential campaign.
Michele Norris talks with entrepreneur Peter Thiel about his foundation's latest endeavor: a fellowship that encourages young people with big ideas to drop out of college and pursue their dreams. The "Twenty Under Twenty" fellowship provides $100,000 over a two-year period to each of the recipients. Their projects range from technological advances to new educational ideas. Thiel suggests that higher education is over valued. And he argues that sometimes the university setting is actually an obstacle to innovation. Thiel is a co-founder of Pay Pal and an early investor in Facebook.