Is Minnesota a battleground state? MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with political scientist Steven Smith about whether or not Minnesota is a battleground state in the current election cycle.8:24 a.m.
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Wis. State Senator Connects Her Politics To Her Past
Jessica King's political views are rooted in her firsthand experience with social services, having grown up as a ward of the state. She was swept into office during the wave of special recall votes in Wisconsin, and says her constituents are fed up with obstructionism in Washington.
Haiti's Quake Damaged National Palace To Be Razed
Among the hundreds of buildings that crumbled in Haiti's 2010 earthquake was the National Palace. The Haitian government announced Tuesday that demolition of the National Palace will begin soon. A non-profit aid group founded by actor Sean Penn will pay the bill, though it's not clear what will replace the palace.
Trying To Tame The (Real) Deadliest Fishing Jobs
In the years from 2000 to 2009, Northeast fishermen whose catch includes cod, haddock and other fish were 37 times as likely to die on the job as a police officer. Despite what you may have seen on TV, it's the most dangerous American fishery.
Sen. McConnell Reaches Out To Tea Party Supporters
Here are two absolutes about politics in Kentucky: The state is reliably Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a political heavyweight in his home state. Tuesday, he made only his second appearance at a Tea Party event. Since some of McConnell's hand-picked candidates have been beaten easily in recent elections, he's reaching out to his entire party. Phillip Bailey reports from member station WFPL in Louisville.
Syrian Conflict Stokes Unease In Lebanon
A wave of kidnappings and an alleged bombing plot — both linked to the uprising in neighboring Syria — are shaking Lebanon's precarious sectarian balance. But the foreign patrons of Lebanon's political factions are preoccupied with Syria and appear unwilling to bankroll a proxy war in Lebanon, at least for now.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Dies At 57
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died in a Belgian hospital this week at the age of 57 after a long illness. He came to power in 1991 after leading a rebel army from Ethiopia's north and toppling the Marxist leader. He was viewed as a firm U.S. ally in the war on terrorism, but also was accused of human rights abuses in Ethiopia.
Obama Extends Pay Freeze For Federal Workers
Congress hasn't agreed on a budget for the next fiscal year. So President Obama is extending a two-year pay freeze for federal workers. That means no raises for federal employees at least until next spring. That's when a short-term budget deal runs out.
Video Game Sales Fall, While Downloads Increase
Video games are getting better in terms of quality, so why are sales falling month after month? David Greene talks to Chris Kohler, who writes about video games for Wired Magazine. The two examine the trends and new technologies reshaping this big, and growing industry.
Theme Park Offers WiFi With Roaming Donkeys
A theme park in Israel depicts life in the first and second centuries. The Times of Israel describes it as "a Galilean version of Colonial Williamsburg." But there were no cell phones back then. Routers have been installed throughout the park in packs that donkeys carry.
GOP Platform Committee Adopts Abortion Position
Democrats have seized on rape comments made by Rep. Todd Akin. The issue of women's health and abortion for rape victims has put Republicans on the defensive. Tuesday, party members met in Tampa to put together their platform, and the abortion language includes no exceptions for rape or incest.