Illinois is facing a massive pension problem with an estimated $96 billion unfunded liability for its public workers. The legislature has been unable to reach a plan to overhaul the pension system. So Governor Pat Quinn has unveiled a marketing strategy hoping to start a grassroots discussion on pension reform. The effort includes a video and a mascot, Squeezy the Pension Python. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish tell us the snake is getting a mixed receptions from the people of Illinois.
The election may be over, but the bickering continues, and not just between NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin. As President Obama defends his U.N. ambassador, Republicans continue to lambast her for "misleading" reports about what happened in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
"Moral injury" is a term used in the mental health community to describe the psychological damage servicemembers face when their actions in battle contradict their moral beliefs. Thought it isn't diagnosable, doctors and veterans are searching for ways to support those who have experienced this inner conflict.
"People who have any brains" will avoid dredging up politics during the holidays, says one psychologist. But in our highly polarized era, family gatherings offer the chance for rare encounters with people who don't already share our partisan leanings.
Federal prosecutors filed another high-profile insider trading case Tuesday. A former hedge fund employee allegedly made $276 million for his fund after getting a sneak preview of clinical trial data for a new drug. The investigation may lead to even bigger cases.
Overseas hackers broke into the South Carolina Department of Revenue and stole 3.8 million taxpayer records including social security and bank account numbers. The state is adding new layers of security but some question how the breach happened. Gov. Nikki Haley says the state didn't do enough to prevent the cyber attack.
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