MPR's Morning Edition talks Minnesota politics from Washington D.C. Minnesota Public Radio Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer is in Washington, D.C. assessing, analyzing, and talking about Minnesota's influence in the nation's Capitol, and the effect that Washington has on Minnesota.
On today's show Cathy spoke to Michael Berman - known as the patriarch of Minnesota politicos in D.C. - former Rep. Jim Oberstar, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. John Kline, and Rep. Keith Ellison. For coverage of their responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech, full interviews, and feature stories on Minnesota's clout in Washington click on the link above.6:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Calls For Nation To Move Forward
In Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Obama appeared before a new Congress, which is half controlled by Republicans. He urged better cooperation on dealing with America's economic and other woes.
Capitol Hill Lawmakers Respond To Obama's Speech
The part of the State of the Union that the cameras don't usually catch, is the flood of senators and representatives out of the House chamber and into Statuary Hall. That's where the Capitol press corps waits for their reactions to the president's speech.
In Russia, Defendants Find Justice Isn't Blind
The Russian Supreme Court says that of nearly 800,000 criminal defendants brought into federal courts during the first nine months of last year, 99.3 percent were convicted. That's why many Russians go to trial expecting to be found guilty. They're just hoping for a lenient sentence.
The No-Fly List: FBI Says It's Smaller Than You Think
Gulet Mohamed, a Virginia teenager, is back home after being forced to stay in Kuwait for more than a month. He says he couldn't return because he was on the U.S. no-fly list, though the government won't confirm or deny that. The list has grown, but the FBI says it's surprisingly small — just 10,000 names, 500 to 1,000 of whom are U.S. citizens.
Ohio's Gov. Kasich: 'Put On The Seat Belt'
By mid-March, Ohio's new governor, John Kasich, has to find ways to account for a projected $8 billion budget shortfall. As he looks for cuts, nothing is off the table, he says, except tax hikes. "Get ready for an exciting time," Kasich says.
World Economic Forum Opens In Davos, Switzerland
About 2,500 business, world leaders and activists are attending the five-day World Economic Forum. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, talks to Steve Inskeep about what to expect from the annual gathering.
License Plate Lottery Meant To Curb Beijing Traffic
Officials in Beijing are trying to radically reduce the number of cars on the road. Only 240,000 license plates are being issued this year, less than one-third of last year's allotment. Car dealers say the move will hurt sales.
Fashion Line Integrates Solar Panels Into Fabrics
The Silver Lining clothing company has developed a fashion line that integrates solar panels into its fabrics. Green fashionistas will be able to charge a mobile device by plugging it into a pocket of the loose fitting, striped cargo pants.