The Daily Digest

President Obama is going to return the focus to financial regulation during a speech today on Wall Street.

Minnesota heard President Obama’s pitch on health care. MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pi Press and AP have stories.

The Pi Press says Minnesota wants Obama to reward quality care.

President Obama met with the head of Mayo before he spoke on Saturday.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison canceled an appearance before the Religion Newswriters Association to attend Obama’s speech.

Obama also told 60 Minutes that the debate is coarsening.

GOP Rep. John Kline says President Obama should start from scratch on health care.

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, opposes the public option.

Democrats in the White House and in Congress are also downplaying the public option.

Democratic leaning blogs say it’s no coincidence that UnitedHealth Group is holding a fundraiser for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the same time that she’s selling out on the public option.

Meanwhile, thousands rally in Washington D.C. to oppose President Obama.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz held a health care forum on Saturday.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen held a townhall on Friday night.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann also held a forum.

Bachmann also attended a TEA Party event and writes an op-ed on health care.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson, who screams for public subsidies for agriculture, barks at a public option in heath care.

The New York Times says clean water laws are neglected. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

Al Franken downplays any hopes for higher office in this Radio Iowa interview.

He got big laughs at Tom Harkin’s Steak fry.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduces legislation that would regulate formaldehyde.

Businesses are hoping a new tourism initiative attracts foreign visitors.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on Geraldo.

Under the Dome

AP says states are readying for the U.S. Census.

Several state Republicans want health care in the constitution.

Cities are paring back for the future.

Two ex-Gang Strike Force members are suspended by Ramsey County.

Pawlenty for Prez watch

Gov. Pawlenty backs off his Tenth Amendment comments.

He also appeared on This Week with George Stephanolopous.

Pawlenty also defended Congressman Joe Wilson’s belief that the health care bill will give care to illegal immigrants.

Pawlenty also campaigned in Florida.

The DFL Party hits Pawlenty on his statements regarding the health care debate.

GOP Rep. Jim Abeler compares Pawlenty go Jimmy Carter (in a not so nice way).


Good-bye Norman Borlaug. Fewer stomachs in the world grumble because of you.

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