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Springsteen fans divided over his political coming out
The "Vote For Change" tour, featuring Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty, stopped at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night. The concert raised an estimated $1 million for America Coming Together, a group raising money for Democratic candidates. The tour has had a polarizing effect on some Springsteen fans, including a St. Paul musician who makes his living off Springsteen's songs.
Moore appearance set at U, but no student funds to be used
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore will speak at the University of Minnesota on Friday, an appearance that had been in doubt after campus Republicans objected to any use of school funds to pay for the event.
Hard feelings mark Minnesota's 2nd District race
Republican Congressman John Kline and DFL Challenger Teresa Daly met on Monday for their second debate. The two candidates are running in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, which includes some southern Twin Cities suburbs and stretches south into Red Wing and Faribault. The 2002 race in Minnesota's 2nd was fiercely competitive, with Kline and DFL opponent Bill Luther both claiming the other was using underhanded tactics to get elected. The current race is likely to follow suit since both candidates are claiming their their opponent is engaged in mudslinging.
Cheney and Edwards face off
The vice presidential candidates meet in their one and only debate on Tuesday night. The event highlights the varying views voters have of how important the second on the ticket is to the presidency.
Kennedy, Wetterling debate issues in 6th District race
Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy and DFL challenger Patty Wetterling met in their first head-to-head debate on Sunday in Minneapolis. The two candidates are running in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, which takes up St. Cloud, the northern Twin Cities suburbs and eastern suburbs, such as Woodbury and Stillwater.
Independent organizations are scaling back political TV ads
With the election just a month away, many voters may feel like they're being bombarded with campaign ads. Yet one Twin Cities television executive says political ad buys are down from both the 2002 and 2000 elections. And some interest groups say they're not spending as much money on television ads this year.
Giuliani unleashes on Kerry in Minnesota stop
On the heels of Sen. John Kerry's strong debate performance, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani came to battleground Minnesota on Friday hoping to reinforce doubts about the Democratic presidential candidate's fitness to be commander in chief.
Nobel winner says Bush is politicizing science
The 2003 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry criticized President Bush on Friday for politicizing science. Minnesota native Peter Agre spoke to students and faculty at St. Olaf College on Thursday and the University of Minnesota on Friday. He is one of 25 leading scientists who are touring the country speaking about the future of science under the Bush administration.
An analysis of the first presidential debate
We have analysis of George W. Bush and John Kerry's first debate at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. We also play the debate, which focuses on matters of foreign policy, in its entirety.
What hath Hewitt wrought?
The director of the first televised presidential debate watched the first 2004 presidential debate in South Dakota. Don Hewitt was at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He was the recipient of the 2004 Al Neuharth award for Excellence in Journalism. Hewitt is the creator of the CBS news program "60 Minutes" and he produced the 1960 debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
Undecided voter still undecided after first presidential debate
Many undecided voters watched President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry at last night's presidential debate. Polls suggest undecided voters make up roughly ten percent of the voting public, and could tip the election in many battleground states like Minnesota. Earlier this week, Morning Edition aired a story about Joe Raasch and undecided voter from Shakopee. In the story, he said he was looking forward to the debates to help him make up his mind. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Raasch who says the debate last night was not enough to get him to commit.
Style as significant as substance in presidential debates
Who "wins" the first presidential debate may depend as much on style as substance. And when it comes to style, the two candidates differ a great deal.
Bush, Kerry clash on Iraq war in first of three debates
Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush Thursday night of a "colossal error in judgment" by ordering the invasion of Iraq. "The world is better off without Saddam Hussein," the president shot back in campaign debate, adding his rival once said so himself.
Elections officials press worries about new registration system
Thirty-two days before Election Day, local voting supervisors on Thursday detailed programming glitches in a new state computer system that they say are slowing data entry, eating up overtime budgets and stressing workers.
Voting in America
After voting confusion during the 2000 presidential election, many states have created new safeguards to ensure accurate ballot counts. But voter administration remains one of the most decentralized systems in the country. And experts say that can create problems.

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