Pawlenty: 'We reined in and reduced government' After eight years, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty will soon leave the governor's office. DFL Gov.-elect Mark Dayton will take office Jan. 3. Pawlenty spoke with MPR's Morning Edition to discuss his tenure as governor and his future.6:50 a.m.
Obama Hails 'Turbo-Charged' Lame-Duck Session
Before heading to Hawaii for the holidays, President Obama signed a law to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, and won ratification of the new START Treaty. The president's last planned news conference of the year was delivered with a victorious tone.
'Lame Duck' Congress Ends With Accomplishments
Lawmakers in the House and Senate outdid themselves in the final days of the lame-duck session. Democrats did not get everything they wanted. What they did get, however, was far more than anyone thought possible after the drubbing they took at the polls last month.
Benazir Bhutto Examined In New Book, Documentary
A new book and movie are offering different views of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Ayesha Siddiqa, a Pakistani political commentator and author, reviews the movie and book. Siddiqa tells Steve Inskeep she remembers Bhutto as the woman who took on the country's military ruler in the 1970s and 1980s.
Heart Transplant Candidate Now A Reluctant Activist
Randy Shepherd has gone from a reluctant interviewee to an activist for transplant patients. That's because he needs a new heart. And in October, Arizona cut funding for him and 97 other transplant patients. Even though he's a private person, Shepherd is convinced that speaking out may save his life.
Compromise By Congress Helps 9/11 Responders
A last-minute compromise on Capitol Hill Wednesday led to the approval of a package that provides health care and compensation to survivors of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center and responders who became ill working in the ruins.
NASCAR Gives Ethanol Green Flag; Who Will Follow?
With all-American NASCAR now touting its use of ethanol blends in its race cars, the ethanol industry is taking the marketing pitch into overdrive in hopes of winning broad acceptance. The problem is, it's hard to figure out exactly what you're buying.
Oil Prices Top $90 A Barrel
The freezing weather in many parts of the U.S. and Europe is helping to drive up the price of oil. So is a decline in U.S. fuel stockpiles. In the last couple of days, traders have pushed up the price to more than $90 a barrel.
Minimum Wage To Increase In 7 States Next Month
Ohio is one of seven states that will increase its minimum wage on Jan. 1. The executive director of the Ohio Small Business Assoc. says the hike in wages will add to businesses' costs. But a low-wage worker says she needs the raise badly.
West Coast Fishery Moves To Market-Based System
Beginning in January, fishermen in California, Washington and Oregon will become owners of a percentage of their catch. Just like shares in the stock market, shares of fish can be traded or sold. But several fishermen's groups say this "catch share" system could be easily manipulated.