- Candidates vow to fight special interests, but is it all just rhetoric?
The Democratic presidential candidates say special interests are the root of the problem in Washington, and in stump speeches and debates vow to "take them on." But does any president have the power to fix a system that appears so entrenched?9:06 a.m.
Bob Edgar: President and CEO of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizen's lobbying group. He served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the seventh district of Pennsylvania.
Michael Johnston: Charles A. Dana professor of political science at Colgate University. He is the author of "Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power and Democracy."
- The Friday Follow: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
Midmorning checks in with Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to find out about his first year back in office, and how he has fared in tackling street crime, mortgage fraud, and elder abuse.9:45 a.m.
Mike Freeman: Hennepin County attorney.
- Wild, mild winter weather
Early January has seen tornadoes in the Midwest, gale force winds in California, and spring-like temperatures in the northeast. MPR's weather experts join Midmorning to explain what's behind the strange weather of the past week.10:06 a.m.
Paul Huttner: MPR's chief meteorologist.
Craig Edwards: Former meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service.
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