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Friday, November 9, 2012

President Barack Obama
The post-election negotiations over taxes, the economy and the so-called fiscal cliff moved into a new phase this afternoon when President Barack Obama stepped up to a microphone at the White House to lay out his latest thoughts about what needs to be done. In many ways, his words were echoes from the hard-fought campaign. (11/09/2012)
The federal government is giving $105 million to a program to help low-income Minnesotans pay heating bills. (11/09/2012)
State Rep. Steve Gottwalt
The Minnesota House sponsor of the failed marriage amendment proposal said the campaign against the measure was "wrong-minded" and erroneously implied supporters were motivated by bigotry. (11/09/2012)
Should marijuana be treated like alcohol? Or should it remain in the same legal category as heroin and the most dangerous drugs?
The U.S. economy appears to have grown over the summer faster than first thought.
The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether it's legal for police to collect DNA samples from people under arrest, a case that could have nationwide implications on the question of privacy versus public safety.
Prosecutors charged a promoter of the Lumberjack Days festival in Stillwater with 10 criminal counts alleging he transferred more than money into personal bank accounts instead of paying festival contractors.
Target will join other retailers in letting shoppers get an even earlier crack at Black Friday bargains.
Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra today announced two concerts in mid-December featuring two former mainstays of the orchestra: Edo de Waart and Jorja Fleezanis.
The Dayton administration official overseeing the development of Minnesota's health insurance exchange expects plenty of disagreements to come, regardless of the change in power at the Capitol.
The boulevard dialogue can make a lasting impression.
Will Stephanie and Euan add to the raves piling up for director Sam Mendes, and actors Daniel Craig and Judy Dench in the latest installment of the world's biggest film franchise? Plus, Euan gives "A Late Quartet" an audition.
State and local officials joined teachers and students at an assembly at Highland Park Elementary in St. Paul to surprise 4th grade teacher Steve Abenth with the Milken National Educator award.
How Minnesota United For All Families took on the marriage amendment - and won. Also, DFLers pick leaders in the Legislature, how demographics affected this year's elections, and why some members of our two premiere orchestras are packing their bags.
The city of Duluth asked a county judge Friday to shut down the controversial business Last Place on Earth.
Former GOP U.S. Rep. Vin Weber and former DFL Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher join professor Larry Jacobs at the University of Minnesota to discuss the meaning of the 2012 election and the future direction of the country and its leaders.
David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.
Sam and Jenny McFadden run Jen's Wreaths, a balsam fir wreath business in Deer River, Minn. It's hard, sticky work, but the McFaddens say it's worth it.
Launched a year and a half ago amid disappointment at the Legislature, the effort to defeat Minnesota's marriage amendment succeeded this week after amassing millions of dollars, a broad spectrum of backers and a focus on religious faith and personal conversations.
President Barack Obama says raising taxes on wealthiest Americans must be part of deficit reduction plan but says he is "open to compromise" and "new ideas."
Driven by disappointment at the actions of the Minnesota Legislature, the effort to defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage succeeded this week after amassing millions of dollars, a broad spectrum of backers and a focus on religious faith and personal conversations. Here's what some of that fight looked like.
Speaker-elect Thissen chats with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
Will legislators in districts where the amendment passed back legalization? It turns out, many of them are DFLers.
Caterpillar says it plans to close its plant in southern Minnesota and shift work to Wisconsin and Georgia.
Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate elected their leaders Thursday as they prepare to take control of the Legislature in January.
The 113th Congress will have 20 female senators, the most in U.S. history. With some races still yet to be called, four more women have been elected to the House of Representatives, bringing the total to at least 77.
The Minnesota Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of a law designed to protect the victims of domestic abuse.
A former St. Paul priest has pleaded guilty to molesting a young boy in his parish and exposing himself to another.
Company officials say after the expansion is done next summer, the company will be able to produce nearly a quarter of a million barrels of beer per year.
Former UnitedHealth CEO William McGuire is now a pro sports owner. The doctor, business leader and philanthropist made his debut yesterday as the new owner of the Minnesota Stars, the minor league soccer franchise that plays in Blaine.
President Barack Obama will make his first post-election comments Friday about actions needed to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that could plunge the economy back into recession.
House Republicans' hard line against higher tax rates for upper-income earners leaves re-elected President Barack Obama with a tough, core decision: Does he pick a fight and risk falling off a "fiscal cliff" or does he rush to compromise and risk alienating liberal Democrats?
Big changes are coming to President Barack Obama's administration — just not right away.
The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.
Baby boomers started driving at a young age and became more mobile than any generation before or since. They practically invented the two-car family and escalated traffic congestion when women began commuting to work. Now, 8,000 of them are turning 65 every day, and those retirements could once again reshape the nation's transportation.
Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.

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