The latest. Upon his trip from Iraq, both of MPR’s “bookend” shows — Morning Edition and All Things Considered — tried to get the governor for an interview following his trip to Iraq. According to ATC producer Jayne Solinger, they were both told the governor would be “unavailable.”

She was surprised to see the national lineup tonight for All Things Considered from National Public Radio and who is on coast-to-coast? Yep, our man Pawlenty.

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It was a big night for Minnesota on the Comedy Channel.

OK, anytime St. Paul is mentioned on the Comedy Channel it’s a big night, I guess. Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report focused on Bunnygate, happening even as we speak in St. Paul’s City Hall. It included one of the more controversial graphics I’ve seen, even by Comedy Channel standards, in which Christ was shown shooting it out from behind the rock that covered his tomb as “War on Easter” was splattered across the top of the screen. I’m going to guess there’ll be no rioting in the streets today, but we’ll see. No video up on the Colbert Report Web site, but maybe later, since the St. Paul story was the basis of last night’s “The Word.”

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