Mark Stencel http://kbia.org en Retell Politics: Story About Obama's Mother Gets Another Look http://kbia.org/post/retell-politics-story-about-obamas-mother-gets-another-look Were last night's convention references to Barack Obama's mother and her struggles with an insurance company before her death a powerful argument for health care reform? Or were they a well-worn misrepresentation of history?<p>The answer appears to be in the wording.<p>The story came up twice — in Vice President Joe Biden's speech and in a seven-minute video preceding President Obama's address. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:09:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 20734 at http://kbia.org Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing http://kbia.org/post/live-now-mars-rovers-high-wire-landing The best place to stand in the entire solar system at 1:14 a.m. ET Monday was about 150 million miles away, at the bottom of Gale Crater near the equator of the Red Planet.<p>Looking west around mid-afternoon local time, a Martian bystander would have seen a rocket-powered alien spacecraft approach and then hover about 60 feet over the rock-strewn plain between the crater walls and the towering slopes of nearby Mount Sharp.<p>A gangly vehicle, about the size of a small car on Earth, descended from the spacecraft on nylon cords amid blowing crimson dust. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 04:02:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 18799 at http://kbia.org Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing Clinton For Veep: Follow The Sources http://kbia.org/post/clinton-veep-follow-sources Would President Obama swap Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton on his 2012 ticket? NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/2011/11/07/142035876/obama-to-dump-biden-from-the-ticket-in-favor-of-hillary-give-me-a-break">Political Junkie Ken Rudin</a> is dubious. "Where this comes from I do not know," he declared in his Monday column dismissing the speculation about any plans to replace Biden.<p>One source Ken singled out was Bob Woodward of the <em>Washington Post</em>. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:31:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 3214 at http://kbia.org