Gov. Mark Dayton will be in Isabella for a briefing on the wildfire.
Correction: Dayton was in Isabella yesterday. He’s delivering remarks at the Minnesota Bioscience Summit today.
Isabella residents are questioning an early decision to let the fire burn.
A second judge must sign a bail deal before two American hikers arrested in Iran can go free.
Brooklyn Center voters are mailing in their ballots on a school levy referendum.
In a report, the Office of the Legislative Auditor suggests the state should consider retooling its approval of online schools.
Transportation officials were in Minnesota to tout President Barack Obama’s jobs plan.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is no more.
As part of his $3 trillion deficit reduction plan, Obama is calling for $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue.
He said he’ll veto any plan that cuts Medicare benefits without raising taxes on the wealthiest.
Congressional Republicans quickly rejected the plan.
Add this phrase to your public policy lexicon: “Buffett Rule.” It’s a provision in Obama’s proposal that would essentially require the nation’s wealthiest to pay the same share of their income in taxes as middle income earners do. It’s named after Warren Buffet, a billionaire who believes people like him should pay more in taxes.
Frank James with National Public Radio writes that the 2012 election could come down to “what side of the ‘Warren Buffett Rule’ line one stands on.”
Does Obama’s plan cut taxes or raise taxes? It turns out it does both depending on the budget baseline.
As part of the bill, Obama wants $33 billion in farm subsidy cuts.
The Obama administration says it’s still committed to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
A former staffer for Sen. Al Franken has taken a job with a renewable energy company.
On the Campaign Trail
Rep. Michele Bachmann reacted to Obama’s call for a tax increase by saying that “you don’t create jobs by increasing taxes on job creators.”
Bachmann was in Iowa yesterday. She’ll be making the rounds again today.
She said people should buy their own health insurance with tax-free money.
Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s immigration record.
Perry, also in Iowa, said a health care plan supported by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is “socialized medicine.”
Bachmann doesn’t have the resources or ability to go beyond the Iowa caucuses at this point, said her former campaign manager Ed Rollins.
The Obama campaign is opening offices in eight Iowa cities this week.
Bachmann said she was just repeating a claim that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation.
On Midmorning, scientists talked about the HPV vaccine.