President Bush warns of a long painful recession if Congress doesn't act on the bailout package. He also invited John McCain and Barack Obama to the White House today.
AP says a deal is close.
John McCain suspends his campaign and wants to postpone Friday's debate so he can deal with the economic crisis. Barack Obama says no.
David Letterman skewers McCain for not showing up on his show.
Negotiators of the bailout worry that presidential politics could cause problems with the bailout.
Obama and McCain craft a joint statement on the economy.
Time takes a look at how the candidates would handle the crisis.
McCain's campaign also wants to delay the VP debate.
A poll says the debates could sway a quarter of Minnesota voters.
The latest national poll shows Obama with a thin lead.
2008 Race for U.S. Senate
DFLer Al Franken keeps up his criticism of GOP Sen. Norm Coleman's oversight in Iraq. Coleman's camp brings in former Democrat (now Independent supporter of John McCain) to defend him. Got all that?
The Star Tribune says the ads ripping Franken on taxes is misleading and omits key facts.
KARE wonders whether negative ads are hurting the candidates.
The AFL-CIO blog says Franken is holding firm on the Employee Free Choice Act.
Stu Rothenberg takes a look at whether Democrats can get to 60 seats in the Senate.
2008 Race for Congress
DFL Rep. Tim Walz and GOP challenger Brian Davis debate social security.
KSTP says the DCCC ad ripping Republican Erik Paulsen is misleading and false.
The Teamsters back Paulsen's DFL challenger, Ashwin Madia.
ECM takes a look at where GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg stand on the bailout.
Pawlenty in 2012 Watch
Politico wonders about Gov. Pawlenty's plan to host a debate watching party in New Hampshire on Friday. Question - does he still go if McCain doesn't attend the debate?
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman says he sees statesmanship as a key to the bailout plan.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar blogs on the economic mess on Wall St.
An ethics panel launches a probe on Charlie Rangel. GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison could become chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Federal aides target the Petters HQ.
Gov. Pawlenty is considering his lawyer for a judgeship.
Pawlenty also forms an economic team to deal with the financial crisis.
Minnesota State Moorhead freezes hiring.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said St. Paul "would have been destroyed" if they didn't act the way they did.
I have to take a few days off. The ever capable and kind Molly Bloom will do the Digest on Friday and Monday.
Posted at 3:45 PM on September 25, 2008
by Tim Pugmire
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has confirmed that she'll participate in a candidate forum Monday night in Monticello.
The first debate among 6th District candidates is sponsored by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center. The event will also include candidates for the Minnesota House, mayor and city council. Bachmann sent an e-mail to supporters today urging them to attend. The first-term incumbent did not attend earlier candidate events in Elk River and Scandia.
A chamber spokeswoman said invitations were sent to Bachmann and DFL candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg. She said Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson was not originally invited but would likely be added to the lineup.
Minnesota Public Radio has a Bachmann-Tinklenberg debate scheduled for Oct. 29 at 11:00 a.m. But MPR producer Sara Meyer reports that Bachmann has not yet confirmed her participation.