Gov. Pawlenty to veto bonding bill The bill that DFL state lawmakers have touted as creating jobs is about to run headlong into a gubernatorial veto. The bill in question is a $1 billion bonding proposal for public construction projects.7:16 a.m.
Pawlenty distances himself from stimulus, draws fire In a move drawing DFL fire, Gov. Tim Pawlenty refused Monday to sign a letter from the nation's governors calling on Congress to pass an extension of part of the federal stimulus, a bill that Pawlenty is counting on to balance Minnesota's budget.7:20 a.m.
Small Minn. town in big political fight Turmoil in the tiny western Minnesota town in recent months has led to a vote Tuesday that could remake the city council in Watson, but also to civic battles that have all the acrimony of a big-city political feud.7:36 a.m.
Annoyed by potholes? Pothole season is here early and some say it's worst the Twin Cities has seen in years.7:46 a.m.
Essayist longs for simpler politics and wrestling The Legislature and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are already battling over building projects and health care for the poor and the state budget. All the drama at the Capitol has essayist Peter Smith thinking back to a simpler time when political issues and TV wrestling were both much more black and white8:16 a.m.
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Afghan Offensive Critical To Obama Strategy, Allies
Expectations are high for the military offensive in Marjah, the informal beginning of President Obama's new strategy to turn around the increasingly deteriorating situation in the country. Analysts say the Obama administration must show tangible success to keep the American public — and possibly NATO allies — on board.
Afghan War Benefits From 'New Momentum'
The war effort in Afghanistan includes contributions from the more than two dozen NATO nations. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says there's a "new momentum" to the war in Afghanistan — which he partly attributes to better training of Afghan troops. Rasmussen tells Renee Montagne NATO could begin handing over security responsibilities to some Afghan provinces as soon as this year.
Does The Patriot Act Violate Free Speech?
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case that pits an individual's right to free speech and association against a federal law aimed at combating terrorism. At issue is part of the Patriot Act that makes it a crime for an American citizen to engage in peaceful, lawful activity on behalf of any group designated as a terrorist organization.
Chinese Sportswear Company Opens U.S. Store
China is looking to make its Li Ning sportswear company a global brand. Li Ning already has sponsorship deals with four NBA players, including Shaquille O'Neal. The company has opened its first U.S. retail store in Portland, Ore., which is in Nike territory.
Putin Signals New Tolerance For Protest In Russia
In Russia, protests are generally small and often shut down by police. But recently, police have allowed a handful of anti-government demonstrations to go on. The prime minister says getting feedback from citizens (like 72-year-old Leokadya Maximova) is a good thing.
Quake Survivors Struggle To Stay Dry In Haiti
Haitian officials and humanitarian groups are scrambling to provide waterproof shelter for hundreds of thousands of homeless before the rainy season begins April first. Heavy rains already have hit the capital Port-au-Prince — flooding makeshift encampments, and putting more pressure on officials for a formalized relocation plan.
Wal-Mart To Buy Digital Movie Provider Vudu
Wal-Mart announced on Monday that it plans to buy broadband entertainment provider Vudu. The deal would give the world's biggest retailer the ability to sell movies directly through TVs and Blu-ray players over the Internet.
With iTunes Consumers Ponder Ditching Cable
Apple wants to lower the cost of a single TV episode on iTunes from the current $1.99 to 99 cents. Consumers are beginning to ask why they're paying so much for cable, when they could just buy the few shows they actually watch a la carte via iTunes.
Building Law Seen As Threat To California History
California is about to enact a law that requires new buildings to meet green standards. But advocates of historic preservation say these standards encourage the demolition of old buildings, while some environmentalists say the law isn't progressive enough.
Treasury Secretary Geithner Gets 'Vogue' Spread
Apparently the financial crisis is over. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is being featured in an upcoming issue of fashion magazine Vouge.Politico got an advanced look at the article. It reports Geithner is described as having "the kind of looks that can go either way: Half an inch one way he's John F. Kennedy; half an inch the other he's Lyle Lovett."