Democrats and Republicans blame each other for the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, but they're also asking themselves who will voters blame in next year's Congressional elections?
The biggest effect of the federal government shutdown will be felt by government employees. In Minnesota as many as 19,000 people work for the federal government. Many are coming to terms with the reality that they may not be working for a while - or that they may be working without pay.
Thousands of federal employees in Minnesota could be sent home if the federal government shuts down over opposition to a continuing resolution to fund government operations without changes to the Affordable Care Act. For the short-term, a shut down would mean little more than political theater, but a prolonged impasse could hurt the U.S. economy.
An attorney and a 25-year Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq about 10 years ago, Dahlberg, served on the Duluth City Council before being elected to the St. Louis County Board, which he chairs. He joins four other Republicans who hope to run against Sen. Al Franken next year.
Cigarette sales in Minnesota have dropped since a $1.60 per pack tax increase took effect July 1, while sales of "roll-your-own" tobacco and e-cigarettes have increased. At the same time, ClearWay has seen interest in its smoking cessation programs rise by 240 percent.
When U.S. Rep. Tim Walz met with constituents to hear opinions on whether the U.S. should attack Syria, there was a clear consensus: No.
Some rank-and-file Democrats say if Obama goes ahead with a military strike, he'll anger many of those who supported him for opposing the Iraq war. The situation also poses potential political problems for members of Congress who support military action against Syria, including DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken.
DFL Sen. Al Franken said he does not think the Obama administration needs Congress' approval to launch a strike in Syria. He called the use of chemical weapons a violation of international norms that must have consequences. "This cannot be allowed to stand," he said.
State and federal officials are concerned that when some Minnesotans become severely intoxicated they may not receive the care they need to safely sober up -- about a third of detox facilities in Minnesota have closed over the past decade.
In the first half of this year, foreclosures in Minnesota were down nearly 50 percent from the same period three years ago. Although the situation is improving, plenty of homeowners are still struggling. Provisions of a new state law that took effect this month allow them to stop foreclosure if the process is not being properly conducted.
Despite a high-profile appearance in Iowa Friday night, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's not interested in running for president.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar's scheduled appearance at Democratic fundraiser in Iowa Friday evening is causing speculation she may be interested in a presidential run.
The Vice-President of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Andrew Rothman, has been encouraging his members to wear maroon shirts and pack the room for the discussion before the Advisory Committee on Capitol Security.
Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top prosecutor, says the U.S. needs to change the way it's dealing with non-violent drug offenders. In Minnesota, the reaction among prosecutors has been mixed.
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it's spending $24,000 to air a television ad in the Duluth market accusing Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of voting against veterans.