Minnesota gubernatorial debate Twenty candidates for governor debated the issues in a forum Wednesday night, sponsored by the Minnesota News Council and the League of Women Voters.6:25 a.m.
Transportation needs go unmet for lack of funds State and local transportation officials meet Thursday to discuss the long list of bridge and highway projects that are waiting for funding. But they know that the wish list is much longer -- and more expensive -- than the state can afford. That means many highway improvements that should be done, won't be.7:20 a.m.
Rep. Walz expresses support for Obama Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who represents the state's First District, says President Obama has done well in his first year in office. Walz was at President Obama's State of the Union speech.7:45 a.m.
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Obama Vows To Get Millions Back To Work
In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Obama said jobs must be the government's number one focus this year. But even as he confronts a 10 percent unemployment rate, Obama said he won't give up trying to overhaul the nation's health care system. Nor will he stop pursuing an even more elusive goal: cooperation between the two parties on Capitol Hill.
Congress Listens Politely To Obama's Speech
There was no booing or hissing during President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday night. Unlike last year's address to Congress, no one shouted "You lie!" Those who opposed any particular idea just sat clamped to their seats quietly. And the groups that stood in applause seemed more varied than usual.
Talks Begin On Way Forward In Afghanistan
Foreign ministers of NATO countries — plus dozens of others — including Japan, China and India are in London searching for ways to help stabilize Afghanistan. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is hosting the event which is aimed at getting Afghanistan back on track. The last time a meeting of this size and scope was held was in 2001.
World Leaders Committed To Long Haul In Yemen
The U.S. and its allies have agreed to pour in millions of dollars into Yemen but they say the government has to shape up first. That was the core of the message that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered to a meeting in London on Yemen. The group is trying to help stabilize Yemen, which is one of the poorest nations in the Arab world, and is struggling to contain al-Qaida.
Lawmakers Focus AIG Wrath On Geithner, Paulson
Treasury Secretary Geithner got a hostile reception on Capitol Hill Wednesday as lawmakers lined up to tell him what they thought about the bailout of AIG. Geithner and his predecessor Henry Paulson tried again and again to explain why the government had no choice but to intervene in the way that it did, but most lawmakers weren't buying it.
Sen. Kyl: Obama Speech Too Political
President Obama used his State of the Union speech to prod lawmakers to work together. He made sharp remarks about obstructionist Republicans, and problems left behind by the past administration. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said the speech was too long and too political. He tells Steve Inskeep if Obama's intent was to reach out to Republicans, he failed.
France Honors Camus, And Fights Over His Grave Site
France has been celebrating the life and works of writer and philosopher Albert Camus, who died 50 years ago this January. But the commemoration has been fraught with politics, after President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested moving Camus' remains from a village in the south to Paris.
Hyundai Motors Posts Record Profits
The South Korean carmaker says profits in the fourth quarter nearly quadrupled from a year earlier. Hyundai — which also owns Kia — gained market share during the recession. Consumers turned to its smaller and lower priced cars — boosting not only profits but also Hyundai's image.
After 4 Years, Housing Market Still Frail
Housing news this week has been mixed. Home prices are beginning to stabilize but the number of sales was worse than expected. Some economists see reason for optimism, while others say the government needs to keep propping up the housing sector.
Davos Attendees Monitor Economic Recovery
Business and political leaders from around the world are in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, tells Ari Shapiro the panic that gripped last year's session has subsided. However, there is still some uncertainty regarding the economic recovery, and what the regulatory landscape is going to look like for banks.