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 10:44:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 33304 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 04:28:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 31597 at Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing 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 17308 at T-Minus One Last Time For America's Spaceship Friday morning was absolutely your last chance to watch a 20-story-tall space shuttle rise, pivot and speed away over the Atlantic Ocean with a crew of NASA astronauts aboard.<p>Hundreds of thousands of onlookers claimed their spots on the Florida coast to watch the liftoff of Atlantis. And of the shuttle program's 135 launches, Friday's was a suspenseful one.<p>Weather concerns threatened to keep the shuttle on the pad up until almost the final moments. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:28:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 10919 at T-Minus One Last Time For America's Spaceship Giffords' Husband Orbits Around Political Questions Is retiring astronaut Mark Kelly ready to launch a new career in politics?<p>"I'll go into more detail about that next week, when I visit Iowa and New Hampshire," Kelly joked Friday during a luncheon appearance at the National Press Club.<p>Speculation about Kelly's <a href="">political prospects</a> took off in the weeks after his wife, Democratic Rep. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 22:35:00 +0000 Mark Stencel 10564 at