The Daily Digest

The chairs of the House and Senate Health and Human Services Finance Committees will release a plan today that would restore funding for General Assistance Medical Care. MinnPost said the plan will include a Medicaid surcharge.

MPR takes a look at the Hennepin County Medical Center, which is really worried about the cuts to GAMC.

Roughly 1,000 people attended a hearing in Aurora regarding PolyMet’s mine proposal. DFL Sen. Al Franken supports the plan. So does DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar.

Republican Dick Day’s decision to step aside before his term is up and become a lobbyist has some questioning whether Minnesota needing legislation stopping or slowing the revolving door.

A few of the big screen TVs transferred from the sex offender facility were damaged.

The Star Tribune examines how dangerous is the nuclear danger at Minnesota’s two nuclear power plants.

The MNDaily said an investment tax credit is in the works.

Congress

The House voted to extend $31 billion in tax breaks. The delegation split its vote along party lines.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the future of TARP.

President Obama is in Norway today to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. He said others are more worthy.

Obama praised the Senate deal on the health care overhaul bill.

60 Minutes will interview Obama again.

Another poll gives Obama low marks. In fact, 44 percent of those polled say they would prefer to see George W. Bush holding office.

DFL Sens. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison are raising concerns over the proposed health care deal.

DFL Sen. Al Franken is a bit more optimistic about the deal. He’s scheduled to be on MPR’s Midday today at 11.

Franken challenged the Homeland Security Secretary over the detention of asylum seekers.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is working to protect investors bilked by ponzi schemes.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann said she’s concerned that a financial services bill could give ACORN could get a seat on a board that provides financial oversight.

Bachmann is up for Lie of the year.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is expected to attend the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.

2010 Race for Governor

Emily’s List is backing DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. The endorsement will deliver a cash boost for Kelliher but the group hasn’t always backed winners.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak campaigned in Bemidji.

2010

CQ nibbles on the NRCC hook on whether DFL Rep. Collin Peterson will retire.

Former DFL State Rep. Shelley Madore will challenge GOP Rep. John Kline. DFLer Dan Powers is also running.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty is still in South America today. He’s scheduled to meet Chile’s president today. He’ll also hold a conference call with reporters this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is asking President Obama to skip Copenhagen.

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