The Daily Digest (MN appeals FEMA denial, Farm Bill stalls, Black church leaders discuss same-sex marriage campaign)

Local officials representing northeastern Minnesota say it’s a “travesty” that FEMA denied assistance to homeowners.

Flood victims are coping with the prospects that they may not get any FEMA aid.

Gov. Dayton’s office, which initially said it would not appeal FEMA’s decision, reversed course after hearing the disappointment from local officials. They are now appealing the decision.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development says long-term jobless numbers have swelled in the “recovery.”

The Met Council carves up the Southwest rail contract.

Congress

Progress on the Farm Bill has stalled.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says it’s possible the union could push to remove sugar subsidies from the Farm Bill if American Crystal Sugar doesn’t negotiate with locked out workers. Trumka held a St. Paul news conference to pledge the support of the national AFL-CIO to the 1,300 locked out workers.

The USDA is predicting higher food prices as a result of the drought.

The Senate passed the Democratic tax plan.

The House passed a bill that would increase scrutiny over the Federal Reserve.

The Senate also voted to require the Obama Administration to spell out the cuts in the automatic spending cuts.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended his actions on LIBOR.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sparred over funding for authorizing airline employees to carry guns on flights.

The New York Times says death rates dropped in states where Medicaid grew.

The DEA has raided Duluth’s Last Place on Earth.

Working Mother Magazine has ranked GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen as one of “Best of Congress.”

Environment Minnesota is criticizing members of Congress who would aim to “trash the BWCA.”

WCCO reports that many of Bachmann’s supporters are still on her side.

Amendment that would ban same-sex marriage

MPR looks at how African-American church leaders view the amendment.

Race for Congress

Former Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau is backing Republican Mike Parry’s campaign for Congress.

Mother Jones is reporting that Republican Chris Fields called DFL Rep. Keith Ellison “militantly anti-American” in a fundraising e-mail.

Race for U.S. Senate

Republican Kurt Bills visited the U.S. House to watch a vote that would require an audit of the Federal Reserve.

The PoliGraph says Bills claim on DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s fundraising misses the mark.

Race for President

AP says Mitt Romney met and stayed in regular contact with Bain Partners after he left in 1999.

Mitt Romney is distancing himself from an unnamed advisers suggestion that President Obama doesn’t understand the “Anglo-Saxon” heritage shared by Great Britain and the U.S.

Romney will give a speech in Poland.

Romney’s campaign also held “You didn’t build that” events across the country.

President Obama proposed a new education program focused on African Americans.

The UK’s The Telegraph says David Cameron ‘angered US conservatives’ with an ‘unprecedented’ election-year embrace of Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama pledged to tackle gun violence after the Colorado killing.

Romney told NBC News that new gun laws “won’t make all bad things go away.”

Here’s NBC’s extended interview with Romney.

Obama was endorsed by the National Association of Police Organizations.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain will rally the Tea Party at the RNC Convention in Tampa Bay.

Pawlenty for VP Watch

The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato has Pawlenty on the top of his list.

GQ vets the candidates.

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