The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Minnesota lawmakers weigh-in on the fiscal cliff, Obama meets with Romney today, and more senators raise questions about Rice.

Around Minnesota

ECM Publishers interviewed new DEED commissioner Katie Clark.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness and environmentalists are calling on Congress to extend a federal wind energy subsidy.

The PoliGraph says that Sen. Tom Bakk’s claim about who voted for Senate Democrats goes a bit too far.

Two Minnesota legislative races have entered the recount phase, the Associated Press reports.

The Star Tribune takes a closer look at the recount in District 8B.

Unemployment rates fell in more than half of the nation’s largest cities, including several areas in Minnesota.

In Washington

Sen. Amy Klobuchar talked about the prospects of a fiscal cliff deal on CBS This Morning.

MPR News interviewed DFL Rep. Tim Walz about the fiscal cliff, too.

As head of the Financial Services Roundtable, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says that revenue must be part of the fiscal cliff solution, the Star Tribune reports.

Democrats are divided over what to do about the fiscal cliff.

President Barack Obama repeated calls to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class as part of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

The AFL-CIO says that 882,408 Minnesotans could see changes to their benefits if Congress decides to cut Social Security.

The Washington Post wonders if Grover Norquist’s tax pledge applies to the fiscal cliff.

House Speaker John Boehner has asked his caucus to stick together on keeping taxes frozen, Politico reports.

Obama is due to meet with Mitt Romney today.

More U.S. Senators are raising concerns about Obama’s likely pick for State Department U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice.

BP has been suspended from new contracts with the U.S. government.

A Federal Reserve survey shows that the nation’s economy is growing at a steady pace.

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