PoliGraph: Franken's oil tax claims in the ballpark Sen. Al Franken says the federal government would save $64 billion if it cut tax breaks for oil and gas companies. An MPR News analysis finds that Franken's savings estimate is off by billions, but his underlying point is on target.4:49 p.m.
PoliGraph: Rybak gets tax numbers right Republican legislators are targeting local government aid as they attempt to erase the state's $5 billion deficit. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak defended the program on his blog, arguing against the contention that state aid is a handout.4:51 p.m.
Few complaints from Minn. health plans over Dayton order Earlier this week, the governor changed state policy to order more transparency from health plans that receive more than $3 billion a year to manage state-subsidized programs for poor Minnesotans. But the health plans have had remarkably few complaints.5:53 p.m.
In Yemen, Pressure From Protesters Builds
Yemen's president tells a large crowd of supporters that he will step down — provided that the successor is someone he trusts. Melissa Block talks with the Washington Post's Sudarsan Raghavan about the latest developments in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.
For Arab Youth, Dreams May Be Deferred
Protests planned in Saudi Arabia failed to take off earlier this month, yet Saudi youth see themselves as part of a movement that has swept the Arab world. Expectation for change is extremely high — and that worries experts who say there is some danger of dashed hopes.
Amid Budget Standoff, GOP Freshman Faces Home District
Last year, New Hampshire Republican Rep. Frank Guinta defeated a MoveOn liberal to ride a Tea Party wave into Congress. Guinta, a former mayor of Manchester, said he was focused on the deficit and limited government. True to form, he voted to cut even more discretionary money from the GOP's pared-down budget — a plan even 92 Republicans rejected. How's that working out for him in New Hampshire? What does it say about the upcoming budget showdown?
Week In Politics: Libya, Census
Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentator, EJ Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and syndicated columnist.
Town Relies On Troubled Youth Prison For Profits
The Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Mississippi, a private prison operated by GEO Group, is the nation's largest juvenile prison. But have profits distorted its mission of rehabilitating young inmates?
Remembering The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
New York City Friday marked the 100th anniversary of one of its worst disasters: A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that killed 146 people, mostly young women. The city's unions used the day as a chance to voice their anger over recent union setbacks.
Some Baseball Clubs Soar, Some Suffer
Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks with Robert Siegel about baseball franchises worth lots of money — and others that are in major-league trouble. And Fatsis shares his favorite story line coming out of the regular season: Manny Ramirez saying he'll prove he's worth the $2 million that he's being paid to play for the Tampa Rays.
France's Sarkozy Enjoys Burst Of Public Support
The words you most often hear the French use to describe their president are overbearing, hyperactive, impetuous, paranoid. But these terms have been missing from the national vocabulary ever since Sarkozy became Libya's liberator.