Mark Stencel en Retell Politics: Story About Obama's 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 10:48:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 23676 at Mars Rover Pulls Off 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 21722 at Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing Too Hot? No Cooler Time To Honor The Steve Jobs of A.C. With triple-digit heat across the country and places from Denver (105 degrees) to Farmville, Va. (106), setting or tying <a href="">all-time record highs</a>, let's set down our lemonades and iced teas long enough to show our appreciation for Willis H. Carrier.<p>Carrier was the wunderkind of modern air conditioning, a Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg of cold air. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:02:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 19732 at Too Hot? No Cooler Time To Honor The Steve Jobs of A.C. Clinton For Veep: Follow The Sources Would President Obama swap Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton on his 2012 ticket? NPR's <a href="">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 6482 at