In Cannon Falls, Obama criticizes GOP opponents President Barack Obama began a three-day bus tour today that will give him a chance to hear directly from a public frustrated with Washington even as energized Republican presidential hopefuls mount counterattacks at every turn.5:20 p.m.
Market value credit could disappear, raise property taxes When Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders struck a budget deal last month, lots of attention was paid to the $200 million cut to Local Government Aid, what the state had promised cities to help with their local budgets.
Another change got less attention. But the elimination of the Market Value Homestead Credit could have an even bigger impact on your property taxes.5:53 p.m.
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Turkey's Warning To Syria: Stop Attacking Civilians
The Syrian government has started deploying the navy in their attack on rebels in the port city of Latakia. Neighboring Turkey is warning Damascus that the bloodshed must stop. Robert Siegel speaks with New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid about recent developments.
In Egypt, Mubarak Makes Second Court Appearance
In Egypt Monday, former President Hosni Mubarak made his second appearance in court. And much like his first appearance earlier this month, the day proved more dramatic than substantive. The judge once again delayed any testimony against the former president. Mubarak is charged with complicity in the deaths of hundreds of protesters earlier this year — and with corruption. His two sons are also on trial.
Facebook App Allows Users To Avoid Texting Charges
Facebook recently launched a new app called "Messenger." It allows users with smartphones to send and receive messages directly from their mobile devices — all while avoiding texting charges from service providers. Robert Siegel talks to Brian Cooley, editor-at-large at the online magazine CNET, who explains how it works.
Germans Debate The Cost Of Keeping A Eurozone
The 17 European countries that use the euro have such widely varying debt burdens that they cannot survive as a single eurozone unless the strongest rescue the weakest. Germany's economic strength means it is better positioned than any other country in Europe to stabilize the euro. But the question is: Does it want to?
Young Europeans Not Optimistic About Finding Work
Financial tumult overseas is translating into difficult times for young Europeans looking for work. Melissa Block speaks with young people in Greece and Ireland who are downgrading their career ambitions and considering moving abroad for work.
Obama Gets A Different Kind Of Party Bus
In the past, bus tours were a big headache for the Secret Service. The process started with a commercial tour bus and a renovation process that put the old TV show Pimp My Ride to shame. This year the Secret Service finally decided to build two specialized buses from the ground up.
Basketball Shoes May Reduce Ankle Injuries
A new design for basketball shoes may cut down on ankle injuries. Ankle sprains and breaks are the most common injury in the NBA — and they're largely treated as just part of the game. But one new shoe company says it can change that.