The answer is not that simple Every school day, as many as 300,000 Minnesota teenagers stream through the doors of one of the state's 450 high schools. These buildings are their gateways to either college or the workforce, and the rest of their lives. Is high school preparing them for the world that awaits?4:35 p.m.
Crime rides the bus A Metro Transit bus shooting early Sunday morning has some riders on edge. A sampling of rider attitudes at St. Paul bus stops reveals a sharp split. Some say they feel safe waiting for and riding buses. Other's are worried about the crime they observe.5:20 p.m.
House DFLers unveil tax bill The bill increases taxes on Minnesota's highest earners and uses the money to give homeowners a property tax break. The governor has made no secret of his plans to veto a tax increase.5:50 p.m.
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Yeltsin Led Russia in a Rough Transformation
Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the man once hailed as Russia's bold political reformer, has died at 76. For nine years, Yeltsin served as Russia's first freely elected president, engineering the end of the Soviet Union and a turn to democracy and a market economy. But Yeltsin's support also eroded.
Today's Russia, Putin Shaped by Yeltsin's Hand
Strobe Talbott, the architect of U.S. policies toward Russia during the Clinton administration, says that late Russian president Boris Yeltsin stood up to the worst of Russia's Soviet past, moving the country toward an open society. Yeltsin also helped Vladimir Putin to become president, Talbott says.
Iraqi Leader Breaks with U.S. Plan for Security Wall
A clash has broken out between Iraq's prime minister and U.S. leaders in Iraq over a three-mile-long concrete wall around a troubled neighborhood on the north side of Baghdad. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, on a visit to Cairo, called for the project to stop.
Wolfowitz Case Offers Test of Multilateralism
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz faces unprecedented pressure to resign his position. What's at stake here, analysts say, is the Bush administration's commitment to multilateralism. Critics say it's time for the World Bank's leader-selection process to be opened up, so that non-U.S. citizens could be considered for the post.
Obama Cites Drop in World's Regard for U.S.
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama, in what his campaign billed as a major foreign policy address, spoke of the "disappointment" the world feels in the U.S., President Bush and the war in Iraq. The junior senator from Illinois said the '08 election is an opportunity to change that.
South Carolina Readies for Political Spotlight
Robert Siegel talks with Lee Bandy, who writes a weekly column on presidential politics for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Bandy talks about the debate scheduled for Thursday, the state's Democratic convention, and how people feel about the current Republican field.
Washington Post Leader Defends NYT Co. on Stocks
Donald Graham, president and CEO of the Washington Post Co., wrote in defense of the New York Times Co. on Monday, after shareholders called for the Times to cease its practice of having two classes of common stock — one class for the insiders who pick most of the directors, and a second for outside investors.
In France, a Revolution on the Pop Charts
France has produced remarkable music over the years, from the emotive chanson of Edith Piaf to Serge Gainsbourg's iconoclastic work to the electronic melodies of the band Air. But these days there are so many young artists stirring the charts that it seems like French music is in the process of reinventing itself.
Bush Renews Veto Threat of Congress' Iraq Bill
President Bush has renewed his vow to veto any funding for the Iraq war if Congress attaches a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. But before the day was out, Democratic leaders on the Hill had announced their bill would set a nonbinding target date of April 1, 2008.
Reid: Iraq Problems Are Presidential, Not Military
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says that the failure of the war in Iraq has been "presidential" rather than military. Next week, President Bush is expected to veto a supplemental funding bill from Congress that will likely include a timetable for withdrawal.