Republicans running for president will participate in a debate tonight in Iowa. It will be the last time the candidates will make their case to a general audience before Saturday's Straw Poll.
MPR says the stakes are high for Tim Pawlenty over the next three days.
Pawlenty worked to knock President Obama and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann in the same swipe.
Roll Call says Pawlenty's poor showing in national polling could leave him off a debate list in South Carolina.
MPR's Midmorning will discuss the importance of the Straw Poll at 9am.
AP takes a look at Bachmann's role as a foster parent.
Roll Call takes a look at Bachmann's time in the Minnesota Legislature.
The Huffington Post also says Bachmann sought stimulus funds.
Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa on Wednesday saying voters in that state will see plenty of him.
The Wall St. Journal says Romney boasted of revenue raisers during his pitch to S&P while he was governor of Massachusetts.
Sarah Palin will be in Iowa this weekend.
Under the Dome
The Minnesota DNR will release a study today that will say whether Asian Carp have moved farther up in the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers.
Gov. Dayton announced plans to expand the day care ratings system.
Dayton says he's more worried about stagnant growth in the state's job climate than the drop in the stock market.
Minnesota saw a revenue drop during the shutdown in July.
Fares at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport rank higher than others.
The MNGOP cancels a teacher meeting that featured Republicans in the teacher's union, Education Minnesota.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak in Minnesota in October.
Here's a look at the Super Committee that will tackle deficit reduction.
The Star Tribune says a second Minnesotan, John Faas, died in an attack that killed more than thirty Navy Seals over the weekend in Afghanistan.
President Obama will visit Michigan today to talk jobs and the economy.
The Washington Post takes a look at how poorly the public is backing Congress right now.
DFL Sen. Al Franken spoke with head of American Crystal Sugar about the lockout at the company.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum blames the Tea Party for the nation's gridlock.
The Dow plunged 520 points on Wednesday.
Race for Congress
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is introducing two of the DFL candidates in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District to funders in the Twin Cities.
Speaker John Boehner will be in Minneapolis next week to attend a fundraiser.
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Pawlenty said it was preposterous that he might end his campaign if he doesn't do well in Ames. - from the MPR story link
What's preposterous is that Pawlenty is running for President. Minnesotans are living in the Pawlenty-wrought wreckage of a once progressive and prosperous state, now staggering under the weight of Tim Pawlenty's misdeeds. To foist a Timid Tim administration on the United States would be nothing short of criminal.