The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Graves launches his first ads against Bachmann, Pawlenty becomes a banking lobbyist, and Romney tries to shift the debate to comments Obama made in 1998.

Around Minnesota

Census data shows that Minnesota’s economy is stabilizing.

Rural Minnesota is retooling their health care in a wave of hospital mergers.

In Washington

The Department of Justice’s inspector general said that federal officers should face disciplinary reviews over Operation Fast and Furious.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Defense of Marriage Act will likely end up in the highest court.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that 6 million people will be taxed under the health care law for not carrying insurance.

The Race for Congress

Democrat Jim Graves launched his first television ads in his race against Rep. Michele Bachmann.

PoliGraph says that an American Action Network ad running in the 8th Congressional District is misleading.

Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is leading his Republican opponent for the first time since the race began, a new Washington Post poll shows. A Democratic victory in Virginia could determine which party controls the Senate.

The Presidential Race

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney told donors that he cares about the poor and middle class. Romney is trying to distance himself from comments he made at an earlier fundraiser regarding those who don’t pay taxes.

Romney tried to shift the focus to comments President Barack Obama made in 1998 about redistributing wealth.

The latest polling from several sources shows that Romney has a tough road to the White House while President Barack Obama has a modest lead.

Obama is getting a boost from better housing numbers.

Romney appears to be softening on immigration.

Tim Pawlenty has been named the head of the Financial Services Roundtable.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, will visit Minnesota.

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