Some bridge experts may want to change the bridge terminology. AP has the story.
Flatiron folks say they will focus on safety.
There are two finalists for Health Commissioner. Pawlenty will name the new commish at 11. The Pi Press broke it so they get all the glory. Check back to MPR later this afternoon for some future developments regarding the health department.
WCCO reports on the smoking ban (which starts on October first).
The state is working to reduce fraud.
The northern Minnesota steel plant is drawing some global warming concerns.
GOP Rep. Marty Seifert is mentioned in this story celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Appleton prison.
ECM Publishers says health care and taxes top the business concerns.
GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad will sit down with Gary Eichten on MPR's Midday Program today at 11 am.
The Senate votes to raise health care reimbursements for mental health treatment for military personnel. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman proposed the amendment to make sure soldiers get access to treatment.
Politico says Democratic leadership is working to woo young voters. DFL Rep. Tim Walz is mentioned.
The House approved a bill that extends the student loan benefit for military personnel. GOP Rep. John Kline sponsored the bill.
A meeting is scheduled on the Clean Water Act. Oberstar is mentioned.
Congress goes after the FAA chief over a safety list. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
An Iowa Senator is questioning concerns about payments Medtronic made to spine surgeons.
Craig's attorney said no crime occurred.
CQ says the field to replace Ramstad is fluid.
There will be no digest on Friday.
Neil Stevens at redstate.org breaks down the spending by presidents.
It's a bad deal if you're color-blind, but an interesting thesis nonetheless:
I tell you: never have I gotten a true appreciation for how easy it is to lie with statistics, than in making honest attempts to see where the Bush administration stands historically with respect to spending. There are just so many ways to chop and analyze the numbers, with every way telling a different story.
We all know the of story of the federal budget. While 'mandatory' entitlement spending is a runaway wreck, Presidents and Congresses have had differing success in controlling so-called discretionary spending. And the most 'fiscally conservative' President in that regard was President Clinton, thanks to 'divided government' forcing restraint. And of course the worst two were Presidents Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush, who ran amok creating and growing programs thanks to one-party rule creating no opposition to waste.
I'm sorry to tell you this, but that story's not quite right.
Posted at 4:09 PM on September 27, 2007
by Bob Collins
Jeff Jarvis at Buzz Machine takes Barack Obama to task for this quip from last night's debate:
“One of the things the next president has to do is to stop fanning people’s fears. If we spend all our time feeding the American people fear and conflict and division then they become fearful and conflicted and divided. If we feed them hope and we feed them reason and tolerance then they will become tolerant and reasonable and hopeful.”
Apparently, Jarvis' conclusion seems to be, we're all just waiting to accept as gospel everything a politician in Washington says.
Speaking of last night's debate, I added "Iran" to the lineup of questions on Select A Candidate based on the debate. I wasn't very patient, however, with those who wouldn't answer the question directly.