The Daily Digest

President Obama and the GOP reach a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts.

The apparent deal also extends jobless aid. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says the GOP could scuttle any such deal because it includes an extension of jobless aid.

Great Britain arrested the founder of WIkileaks in a sex inquiry.

Two Supreme Court cases test corporate interests.

Recount

There’s a noon deadline to withdraw any challenges in the recount in Minnesota’s race for governor. The Emmer campaign withdrew 2,600 ballots as of Saturday. The State Canvassing Board begins looking at disputed ballots on Wednesday.

AP takes a look at Republican Tom Emmer’s statements regarding the Statewide Voter Database.

Former Gov. Al Quie says he laughed heartily when he heard GOP delegates voted to penalize him and 17 other Republicans for supporting the IP’s Tom Horner. Listen to his interview here. The Star Tribune also interviewed other Republicans who were on the list.

Democrat Mark Dayton sent an e-mail to supporters saying he hasn’t offered anyone a job yet.

Under the Dome

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sues Discover.

Minnesota’s Demographer says “it’s very close” as to whether Minnesota loses a Congressional Seat. The U.S. Census will announce the numbers in the last week of the year.

The U.S. Census shows the U.S. has cracked 300 million people.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty was in Florida on Monday.

Pawlenty will make a farewell visit to Rochester on 12/14.

Reporters in South Carolina and Iowa release their list of political consultants who could play a role in 2012.

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