Pawlenty cabinet gets a shake up Two key commissioners are leaving and another has asked for a demotion. Pawlenty's commissioners of finance and natural resources are stepping down. The revenue commissioner asked for a demotion and has been replaced.5:19 p.m.
Tax subsidies lure business to the suburbs Tax subsidies for corporations are luring businesses from the Twin Cities' urban core to more distant suburbs. That's according to a new study released today by Good Jobs First. It contends that this practice pits municipalities against one another over economic development.5:48 p.m.
New attorney general makes lending abuses her first target Lori Swanson says possible legislation could include requiring more
disclosure from brokers, additional regulation of players in the
home loan industry, and stiffer rules to make sure buyers aren't given
loans they can't afford.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Naughty Lola': London's Lonely Hearts Seek Love
The personal ads of the London Review of Books feature a teeming collection of the pathetic, the downtrodden and the ever hopeful. The best of the bunch are collected in a new book, Naughty Lola.
Baker, Hamilton Find Skepticism on the Hill
James Baker and Lee Hamilton take the Iraq Study Group's findings before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Some lawmakers -- notably Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) -- disagreed with the report's recommendations.
Iraqi Envoy Reflects on Study Group's Report
The Iraq Study Group report suggests cooperation with Iraq's neighbors, Syria and Iran. Iraq's ambassador to the United States, Sheik Mahmoud Samir Sumaidaie, offers his thoughts on the subject to Melissa Block.
Olmert: Don't Link Syria-Israel to Iraq War
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert makes clear he opposes any move to link Arab-Israeli peacemaking to efforts to stabilize the situation in Iraq, as recommended in the Baker-Hamilton report.
Report May End 'Stay the Course' Talk
E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the politics of the Iraq Study Group and the Gates confirmation hearings.
Making Gas from Prairie Grasses
Scientists at the University of Minnesota say you can make great biofuel from a mix of 16 kinds of prairie grass. And there's a bonus: prairie grasses suck carbon out of the air but don't return it when you burn it.
Letters: PTSD, Prairie Dogs, Muppet Voices
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and e-mails. Topics include Daniel Zwerdling's story on soldiers who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, concern for prairie dogs, drug names and the difference between Ernie and Kermit.
Bush, Blair Emphasize Unity on Iraq
Meeting in Washington, D.C., President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair present a united front in defending the war in Iraq. The two leaders say they know things are bad and will find new approaches to save their joint mission.
Former British Army Chief Blasts Blair on Iraq
The former head head of the British army has launched a scathing attack on the Blair government, saying the military is overstreteched in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sir Michael Jackson says the government is asking for too much and giving the military too little to work with.