Brett Neely Feature Archive

Ambassador to Norway isn't a high profile American diplomatic post. Most nominees skate through Senate approval on their way to Oslo. And then there is George Tsunis. (06/10/2014)
Bob Weir and Franken are longtime friends. Franken and his former comedy partner, Tom Davis, even performed comedy sketches during a Dead concert in New York's Central Park in 1980 and Franken invited Weir onto his radio show several times in the 2000s. (06/04/2014)
On Saturday, Democrats at their state convention in Duluth will endorse Franken for a second term in the U.S. Senate, a job he won by just 312 votes in 2008 after a six month recount and legal battle. Five years after taking office, Franken is confident his record will win him another term. (05/30/2014)
Eric Shinseki has come under criticism as more information emerges about lengthy wait times at VA hospitals in Arizona that have been tied to the deaths of several veterans. (05/28/2014)
The legislation provides $300 million in annual grants for charter schools and Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline says it encourages the sharing of effective ideas among school systems. (05/09/2014)
Hundreds of mourners, including family, former staffers and dozens of current and former members of Congress, filled a Catholic Church in suburban Maryland Thursday. (05/08/2014)
The news likely will frustrate people have grown tired of the many down to the wire battles over federal spending in the nation's capital. (05/01/2014)
Most of the corn, soybeans and sugar beets in Minnesota come from genetically-modified varieties that ultimately make their way into the products we buy on supermarket shelves. That's something consumers ought to know, says Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis. (04/29/2014)
On Saturday in his weekly address, President Obama said he received a letter from a small business owner who was inspired by the Minneapolis pizza restaurant and also plans to offer her workers $10 an hour. (04/26/2014)
The U.S. House approved a budget today authored by Rep. Paul Ryan that has absolutely no chance of becoming law. Republican leaders wanted to pass it as a statement of principle. Democrats are practically salivating at the lines of attack the Ryan budget will give them on the campaign trail. (04/10/2014)
The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked representatives from several state-run exchanges that have faced start-up troubles to testify. (04/03/2014)
Some of those lawmakers worry the Democratic Party doesn't have a good response to counter the attacks. They're looking for help from President Obama's team, deep-pocketed Democratic super PACs and outside groups. So far, not much has come. (03/31/2014)
Referring to Franken's previous career as an actor and comedian on Saturday Night Live, Palin wrote, "Let's give voters a contrast this fall: a clown vs. a Mama Grizzly, an Obama 100 Percenter vs. a Blue Star Mom, a talker vs. a doer, and a liberal Obama rubber stamp legislator vs. a proven conservative fighter." (03/27/2014)
The Senate Commerce Committee report says Target missed multiple warning signs that intruders had broken into company networks and were stealing millions of credit and debit card numbers and other sensitive customer information. (03/25/2014)
You might sign the petition expecting lawmakers to read it, but that's not likely the case. It's meant instead to glean information to help fundraisers find you later -- part of the latest way campaigns are learning more about potential supporters and donors. (03/25/2014)