The Daily Digest

The state has dropped to 6th in health care rankings.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he might release his health care overhaul bill as early as today.

MPR says the health care bill would eliminate the Medicare doughnut hole.

DFL Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken want payment reform as a part of the health bill.

A poll says a majority wants Congress to tax the rich to pay for the health care overhaul.

President Obama says Gitmo won’t close by the January deadline.

Obama also said he’d fire anyone who leaked info about his decisions on Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

He also orders a task force to fight financial crime.

Democrats defeat a GOP filibuster on an Obama judicial pick.

Democrats are scrambling to craft a jobs bill.

Nearly all of the stimulus funds allocated for Minnesota water quality projects are already invested.

Vice-President Joe Biden’s motorcade was involved in a crash in NYC.

GOP Rep. John Kline urges Congress to tread lightly before authorizing sick leave pay for H1N1.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen was unsuccessful in his attempts to end TARP funds by the end of the year.

A government watchdog wants a review of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s rally and if she promoted it on her congressional website.

City Pages profiles Bachmann.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson rips an Obama Administration to give the Federal Reserve more power.

Under the Dome

The Vikings aren’t happy with a stadium commissioner resolution that would extend the lease.

2010 Race for Governor

The GOP candidates for governor debated the issues in St. Paul.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak hired his chief of staff, Tina Smith, to manage his campaign.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

A St. Cloud State poll says Obama would beat Pawlenty in Minnesota in a race for president.

Read some of the more interesting results here.

Pawlenty criticizes Recovery.org errors.

The Hotline is reporting that Mitt Romney’s Political Action has purchased Google ad space so people who type in Tim Pawlenty’s name in Google see an ad for Romney in the Google ad boxes.

2010 Race for Congress

DFLer Dan Powers is going to challenge GOP Rep. John Kline in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Listen to his newser here.

DFLer Maureen Hackett, who’s running in the 3rd, said she would have voted for the health care overhaul bill, wants a second stimulus and explains some of her political contributions to Republicans and I-P. Listen to the interview here.

Other

GOP Sen. Norm Coleman addresses the future of the GOP during an address at Harvard.

He also told the Harvard Crimson he has no regrets about the recount.

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