Pawlenty's decision puts Minnesota in the middle of health care debate Gov. Tim Pawlenty's executive order forbidding state agencies from accepting or applying for funds connected to federal health care reform has pleased conservatives and enraged Democrats. Midmorning looks at what the decision means for the state, and at what other states that oppose federal health care reform are doing.9:06 a.m.
Lynn Blewett: Health policy analyst at the University of Minnesota and director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
Reid Wilson: Editor-in-Chief of the Hotline, a daily news service covering politics.
Charles Franklin: Professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-founder of the website Pollster.com.
The language of apes When writer Sara Gruen went to see the work being done at Great Ape Trust, an Iowa research center where scientists are studying how apes acquire and understand language, she came away transformed. Her time there inspired the new novel "The Ape House."10:06 a.m.
Sara Gruen: Author of the best-seller "Water for Elephants." Her new novel is "The Ape House."