Candidates long on budget proposals, short on specifics All three major party candidates for governor have been talking a lot about their plans to fix the state's projected $5.8 billion shortfall. But for all they've proposed, each candidate's plan lacks some specific details about how they would solve the state's budget problems.7:20 a.m.
Old book good read for autumn in Minnesota Read any good books lately? Essayist Peter Smith has -- and not just a good book -- a good old book about Minnesota that just might be perfect for this time of year.8:45 a.m.
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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Holds Up Defense Policy Bill
Each year, Congress approves a bill that spells out the national defense policy. But this year, the National Defense Authorization Act is being held up. Senate Republicans object to one provision -- the one that would allow the Pentagon to end the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy. It keeps gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
GOP Shifts Stand On Homosexuality Issues
One group calling for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" is the Log Cabin Republicans -- a group working within the GOP on gay and lesbian issues. Rich Tafel is a founder and former chairman of that organization. He tells Linda Wertheimer that despite the current debate, he thinks some issues dealing with homosexuality are not quite the hot button issues for Republicans that they have been in other election seasons.
Sporadic Mortar Attacks Rain Down On Baghdad
The target of the attacks is almost always the heavily fortified Green Zone, where the U.S. Embassy is located. Iraqi and American officials say the attacks are being carried out by Shiite militiamen trained in Iran.
Slaying Prompts Juarez Paper To Weigh Coverage El Diario de Juarez published an extraordinary editorial after one of its photographers was killed last week. The paper's editor says he is asking for a truce with the city's notorious drug cartels to avoid more killings.
Reform On The Range: Cubans Heed The Call To Farm
After five decades of state-controlled agriculture, Cuba struggles to feed itself, forcing the government to import some 70 percent of the island's food. Cuban President Raul Castro wants to change that: A government program gives enterprising Cubans free leases on state-owned land.
China Announces New Energy Efficiency Rules
China's rapid economic growth has made it a leader in greenhouse gas emissions. In an attempt to cut those emissions, China's central planning agency announced new energy efficiency rules for factories. The agency says all new factories and investment projects will be approved only if they meet strict energy conservation standards.
Obama Defends Tax Cut Stance
President Obama attended a town hall meeting Monday at the Newseum in Washington D.C., where he focused squarely on the economy. He stood firm on his decision not to budge on an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
Spirit Airlines Plans Initial Public Offering
Spirit Airlines plans an initial public offering that it hopes will raise as much as $300 million. The budget carrier is perhaps best known for ultra-low fares -- sometimes less than $20 -- but for tacking on lots of extra charges.