“The polarizing divide over the future of mining around Ely will be on display this weekend, when an anti-mining group opens shop on Sheridan Street, the canoeing mecca’s main drag,” writes MPR News reporter Dan Kraker. Workers in the new center, dubbed “Sustainable Ely,” will encourage tourists to take action urging President Barack Obama to Read more

“8 years is enough,” says Rep. Michele Bachmann. “Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won’t see re-election in 2014,” writes Matt Sepic for MPR News. “The 4-term congresswoman announced her decision in a nearly 9-minute video posted on her website early Wednesday morning. “Bachmann said in the video that the decision wasn’t the result of doubts Read more

AP: President Barack Obama on Thursday defended America’s controversial drone attacks as legal, effective and a necessary linchpin in an evolving U.S. counterterrorism policy. But he acknowledged the targeted strikes are no “cure-all” and said he is haunted by the civilians unintentionally killed. “For the first time, the U.S. government has acknowledged killing four American Read more

Scotty Magnuson literally running last bill to House. #mnleg now Adjourned pic.twitter.com/dL1QYiAPv5 — Brian Bakst (@Stowydad) May 21, 2013 In addition to legalizing same-sex marriage, lawmakers raised taxes by $2 billion and passed a bill that will let some child and home care workers vote to unionize. Session highlights from the last 48 hours:  Legislature Read more