The Daily Digest (Rebels claim Libya, State continues E-Verify, Bachmann blames gaffes on schedule)

Rebels in Libya appear to be taking control of that country from Moammar Gadhafi.

The battle rages at Gadhafi’s comound.

Two of Gadhafi’s sons have been detained.

World leaders, including President Obama, are calling for Gadhafi to surrender.

Great Britain’s Prime Minister says Libya’s frozen assets are about to be lifted.

Oil prices are set to slip.

Under the Dome

The Duluth News Tribune runs a report on how Excelsior Energy is no where close to starting a power plant despite $40 million in public investment.

MPR reports that the budget deal brought the controversial E-Verify system back.

Minnesota and U.S. Steel strike a deal to expand production, clean up pollution at Iron Range plants.

Minnesota’s property tax bills are set to spike.

Vikings Stadium

The Star Tribune reports that Ted Mondale is starting a new job with a non profit.

Congress

The Lawyer for 2 Americans detained in Iran will appeal their sentences.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken call for the release of the hikers.

Vice-President Joe Biden told Chinese officials that the U.S. has never defaulted on its debt and never will.

Aging Baby Boomers are draining Social Security’s disability program.

GOP Rep. John Kline will discuss education in Rochester today.

Bills floating through Congress would lift some restrictions on Flexible Spending Accounts. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is mentioned.

Race for U.S. Senate

AP says the GOP is scrambling to find a viable candidate to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Klobuchar spoke at Game Fair.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack will speak to Hubbard County Republicans tonight.

Party Politics

The MNGOP will pay a $170,000 fine for illegal fund transfers.

Race for President

President Obama is working to rekindle excitement among Hispanic voters.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman comes out swinging against his rivals on ABC’s This Week.

Politico says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is trying to emerge from Rick Perry’s shadow.

Tidbit: As Tim Pawlenty has learned, it’s difficult to be the “fresh face” because another one always comes along. For example.

AP says Bachmann seeks to broaden her appeal.

The Star Tribune takes a look at Bachmann’s time in the IRS.

Bachmann also blames her recent gaffes on a busy public speaking schedule.

The Washington Post says Rick Perry criticizes government but the state of Texas’ job market benefited from it.

Perry defends his stance on the Federal Reserve and on immigration.

Mitt Romney wants to quadruple the size of his California home.

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