Turmoil at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis After some high level staffers were let go in the past month, critics are charging that the management style of Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota is alienating researchers and lacks vision.6:50 a.m.
Minnesota turkey goes up for presidential pardon What does it take to be the nation's top turkey? Turns out, it takes some pluck. One of farmer John Burkel's six toms will be a guest at the White House next week to be pardoned, spend the holidays at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and then retire to a Virginia farm.7:25 a.m.
Minnesota lawmakers pushing bipartisan anti-child sex trafficking legislation A law that hasn't even taken effect yet in Minnesota is inspiring federal legislation to take on the problem of child sex trafficking in the United States. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen from Minnesota's Third Congressional District about the issue.7:40 a.m.
Today's music: Elton John coming to the X Today's music is "Oscar Wilde Gets Out" by Sir Elton John off his new album "The Diving Board." He will be performing tomorrow night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.8:49 a.m.
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Mexican-American Vets Ignited Kennedy's Latino Support
Most politicians recognize the importance of the Latino vote, but John F. Kennedy might have been the first presidential candidate to actively court it. Viva Kennedy clubs started by former Mexican-American veterans were an important factor in Kennedy's 1960 victory.
How HealthCare.gov Is Giving A Once-Obscure Bill A Boost
The disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov is giving an otherwise wonky piece of legislation new momentum. It's called the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, for short. And its two key sponsors are among the most unusual bedfellows in Congress.
'Alpha House' Latest Show To Be Based In Nation's Capital
The fourth episode of the web-only series Alpha House goes live on Amazon Prime on Friday. The political comedy stars John Goodman and was created and written by Garry Trudeau of "Doonesbury" fame. It's about four Republican senators living in a house and is loosely based on a real Capitol Hill living arrangement.
Organic Farmers Bash FDA Restrictions On Manure Use
Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their reason? Fertilizer. The FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure, which organic farmers call a precious resource and a basis of their farming practices.
World Food Program Responds To Philippine Disaster
Renee Montagne talks to Ertharin Cousin, director of the World Food Program, about the challenge of providing food and supplies to communities across the globe. That includes war-ravaged locations in Syria to communities stricken by natural disasters such as the Philippine city of Tacloban.
Tribune Media Company To Lay Off 700 Employees
The company owns seven daily newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. The company says the cuts will mostly affect the publishing side of the business — not editorial staff. The company says it's part of an ongoing effort to consolidate its business.
2014 Greece Budget To Contain No Austerity Measures
Greece is set to submit a 2014 budget to parliament on Thursday, and it does not include the new wage cuts and tax hikes requested by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Those institutions lent Greece billions in bailout loans and are demanding austerity.
Oil Industry And Others Cheer EPA's Ethanol Proposal
The EPA's decision not to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E15, had a big impact on a lot of businesses. For manufacturers of motorcycles, motor boats and outdoor power equipment, it was good news. But for gas station owners who invested in expensive blender pumps, the decision hurt.