The Daily Digest: 9-16-08

The economy is the focus of the campaign as Wall Street braces for another tough day.

The Fed, meanwhile, just pumped $50 billion into the nation’s financial system.

The news comes as Minnesotans are already worried about pocketbook issues. The Minnesota poll says seven in ten think the government needs to do more to help Americans.

Experts say Minnesota’s economy will be fine because it’s well insulated.

The New York Times takes a look at the different approaches that the candidates are taking on Wall Street.

John McCain is calling for a commission. It comes one day after he said the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.”

The Barack Obama campaign will address the Great Lakes today in a conference call.

Obama could raise $9 million in one day.

He also mocked John McCain’s promise to bring change.

Politico takes a look at why McCain is on offense.

Sarah Palin won’t meet with troopergate investigators.

She also details her role in a potential McCain administration.

Five former Secretaries of State urge the next POTUS to start a dialogue with Iran.

The interest groups are also getting ready to dive in.

2008 Race for Senate

MPR profiles I-P candidate Dean Barkley.

DFLer Al Franken campaigned in Rochester and campaigned at the AFL-CIO convention in Duluth.

KAAL takes a look at where Franken and GOP Sen. Norm Coleman stand on Medicare.

2008 Race for Congress

Here’s a look at the race between DFL Rep. Tim Walz and GOP Challenger Brian Davis.

KAAL takes a look at where the two stand on health care.

A group of doctors and nurses endorse Walz.

Congress

Newsweek says Congress may soon pass an energy bill.

Thousands of Minnesotans still need to file for their stimulus checks.

GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and others push the USDA to set up a new crop subsidy program.

Rail safety advocates want a new system. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

State Government

The State Canvassing Board will meet to order two recounts today.

The I-35W bridge will reopen on Thursday morning. MPR, AP, the Pi Press and the Star Tribune have stories.

The Pi Press takes a look at how the Victims Compensation Fund will determine funding for the bridge collapse victims.

An Ethics panel finds no wrongdoing for DFL Sen. Satveer Chaudhary.

The Twins ballpark will be renamed Target Field.

Finally

Former GOP Rep. Mark Kenney resurfaces with the new Economic Club of Minnesota.

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