MPR poll: Senate race still up for grabs A new MPR News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows the race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and his DFL challenger Al Franken remains very close, and Independent Dean Barkley is still running third.7:20 a.m.
Political TV ad spending hitting crescendo With election races in the final stretch, voters can expect to see plenty of political TV ads leading up to next Tuesday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck, who's been tracking how much is being spent on television commercials in the Twin Cities.7:25 a.m.
Clinton stumps for Franken About 4,000 people wildly cheered Bill Clinton who made, what he said, was a "heart felt" spiel for sending Al Franken to Washington.7:40 a.m.
Obama Swings Through Battleground States
With four days to go until Tuesday's presidential election, Democratic nominee Barack Obama is not slowing down. He campaigned in three battleground states Thursday. He began the day in Florida, went on to Virginia and finished with a late-night rally at the University of Missouri.
John The Candidate, Joe The Plumber
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain knows that Ohio is critical to winning Tuesday's presidential election. But with four days to go, McCain won't have time to enjoy the fall foliage as he makes a two-day bus tour through the Buckeye State. Joe Wurzelbacher of Ohio, known as Joe the Plumber, made some appearances with McCain Thursday.
GOP Risks Losing Grip On North Carolina
Problems for the Republican Party may be best exemplified in the Tar Heel State, where the presidential race is suddenly close. GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole is trailing in her re-election bid. And at least one GOP House seat is in jeopardy of switching parties.
'Clear And Hold' Showing Results 40 Years Later
On Oct. 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson ordered a halt in bombing missions over Vietnam, implementing Gen. Creighton Abrams' "clear and hold" strategy. Today that counterinsurgency strategy is showing some promise in Iraq.
Kosher Slaughterhouse Former Manager Arrested
U.S. immigration agents have arrested a former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa on immigration charges. He faces charges related to the company's hiring of illegal immigrants, including aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
Iraq Seeking Doctors To Rebuild Health System
The war in Iraq has driven out much of the country's intellectual capital, including engineers, administrators and doctors. The health care system has been hit particularly hard, and the Health Ministry is offering high pay and protection to help bring doctors back to local Iraqi hospitals.
Movie-Reality Check: How Real Is 'Real,' Anyway?
There's a reason people say "based" on a true story: Movies, however scrupulous, tend to heighten reality. Critic Kenneth Turan wonders how true a "true story" can ever really be on the big screen.
Guild To Distribute Unclaimed Residuals
The Screen Actors Guild is attempting to distribute $25 million in unclaimed residuals. It's launched an advertising campaign called "Get Your Money." Some 66,000 people are entitled to unclaimed residuals from past performances.
The Good And Bad Of A GM-Chrysler Merger
Analysts say the cost of a merger between General Motors and Chrysler could be huge — the loss of at least 50,000 jobs. But they say if the companies don't merge, the economic damage could be even worse.
More Lenders Reluctant To Repossess Vehicles
Vehicle repossessions are up 10 percent this year, a result of tough economic times and sky-high fuel prices over the summer. Analysts predict about 1.6 million vehicles around the country will be repossessed in 2008. But much like the trend with home foreclosures, many lenders are trying to avoid repossessing vehicles.