A call for more math and science When you talk to employers about Minnesota's talent pool, you hear a lot of concern. They say there aren't enough workers with math and science backgrounds to fill many of the state's newly-created knowledge jobs.4:40 p.m.
Governors join forces to push for math and science improvements Improving the math and science skills of high school graduates is a priority for policymakers around the country. Gov. Pawlenty and visiting Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano discussed the issue Wednesday, and shared their thoughts with MPR's Tom Crann.4:50 p.m.
McCain Makes Presidential Bid Official
Sen. John McCain, the once and, perhaps, future front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has made his candidacy official, with a multi-state announcement tour. The Arizona Republican is making a stop in New Hampshire, an important primary state.
Is McCain Stumbling Out of the Gate?
Today in Portsmouth, N.H., Sen. John McCain officially announced his candidacy for the 2008 Republican presidential primary. Many observers say that McCain has not lived up to expectations built during his 2000 run and that the senator has been forced to defend an unpopular war.
Group Argues Campaign-Ad Case in High Court
The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that challenges federal limits on campaign ads that advocate policy positions — and that also mention specific candidates. The McCain-Feingold Law forbids such ads, paid for by corporations or unions, from airing within certain periods before an election.
Spring Is Here, but the Housing Market Lags
Spring is a crucial time in the housing market, when mild weather allows open-house events that show off properties with gardens in bloom, and buyers are looking to find a place before summer and the school year. But this year, the housing downturn is casting a shadow over real estate's most important season.
Poverty, the Bugbear of American Politics
Federal anti-poverty programs of the past 50 years have been moderately successful, but they've failed to alleviate much extreme poverty in the United States. A new report released Wednesday by the Center for American Progress suggests new ways to halve the poverty rolls in the next decade.
Report Undercuts Effects of Educational Software
A new report from the Department of Education says that most education software does not boost test scores. But districts that have spent large amounts of money are not ready to give up on it.
Cuomo: States Will Pursue Student Loan Fiasco
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo told lawmakers that if the federal government doesn't step in to regulate the student loan industry, the states will. Cuomo has persuaded 4 major lenders and 16 colleges and universities to sign a code-of-conduct pact.
Petraeus Discusses Iraq Funds with Lawmakers
Army Gen. David Petraeus held closed briefings with lawmakers as the House prepared to vote on the House-Senate compromise version of the Iraq war supplemental funding bill. The Senate plans to vote Thursday. President Bush has vowed to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.