Women make big gains in elections The number of women representing Minnesota in Washington and at the state Capitol will hit a historic high when a new crop of lawmakers is sworn in next January.7:20 a.m.
Lessons learned from Vietnam Commentator Chris Steele, a Vietnam War veteran from St. Paul, reflects on President's Bush's recent comments from Vietnam.7:25 a.m.
Danes' Anti-Immigrant Backlash Marks Radical Shift
Denmark, once the symbol of a welcoming and nurturing welfare state, is becoming part of an anti-immigrant backlash sweeping across Europe. Sentiments once associated with ultra right-wing parties are becoming mainstream.
George Clinton, Still Radiating the Funk
If James Brown is the Godfather of Soul, George Clinton is the Crown Prince of Funk. Now past retirement age, the ringleader of Parliament and Funkadelic continues to inspire new generations of musicians and listeners.
Iraqi Corruption Starts at the Top
Corruption is so widespread in Iraq that it is treated as part of every day life. People pay bribes for almost everything including passport applications, jobs and food rations. Both the U.S. and Iraqi inspectors general say the corruption starts on top.
Germany Considers Expanded Military Activities
Seven years ago, Germany sent troops abroad for the first time since the end of World War II. Most missions have focused on aid and rebuilding efforts in crisis zones. But Germany recently published a new vision for its military future.
GOP Candidate for Iowa House Reflects on Defeat
Republican Mike Whalen lost his bid for a House seat from Iowa that had previously been held by the GOP. The candidate is sanguine about his loss, but says too much national-party involvement and strong antiwar sentiment hurt his campaign.
Britain's Blair Visits the Troops in Afghanistan
British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Afghanistan, meeting with some of the 5,000 British troops stationed in the country. Blair is also meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Britain has had dozens of soldiers killed fighting the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan since the summer.
Democrats Seek to Boost Aid for College Students
House Democrats have signaled that reducing interest rates on student loans is on the top of their domestic to-do list. And it's also likely that they'll push hard for increases in the Pell Grant program that aids college students from poor families.
Mining Merger Would Create Copper Giant
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold wants to acquire a rival, the Phelps Dodge Corporation, for more than $25 billion. The merger will need approval from shareholders and regulators. It would create the world's largest publicly traded copper company.