When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., often complains that there is just too much of it.
But when Franken called the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door for corporations, unions and individuals to spend unlimited amounts on candidates a “disaster” earlier this month, his impassioned Senate floor speech disguised a central fact of his campaign, and that of his Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden. Continue reading
In St. Paul, Minnesota, students are dancing their way to class — literally — in the middle of the summer. This is Breakthrough, an innovative summer program with the sole focus of inspiring low-income, under-resourced middle school students to go to college, and showing them how to get there. Special correspondent Terry Rubin has the story. Continue reading
Maybe there’s something in the air in Minnesota.
During a two-day trip to the Gopher State, the president referred to himself Thursday as a “caged bear,” who is on the “loose” when he’s able to get outside the White House. Continue reading
The deep freeze over much of the United States forced state and local governments to take precautions to ensure public safety, including closing schools. Judy Woodruff talks to Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul, Minn., about how his city is faring and how the extreme weather affects families and others who depend on services. Continue reading
The collapse of a bridge on Washington state’s Interstate-5 has refocused the nation’s attention on the state of its ailing transportation infrastructure. Gwen Ifill discusses the deficiencies and potential solutions with Casey Dinges of the American Society of Civil Engineers and infrastructure analyst Dan McNichol. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators wrapped up work on the major elements of an immigration reform bill. Also, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan announced a recall of more than 3 million vehicles due to air bag problems. Continue reading
President Obama visited Minneapolis to launch a push for tighter gun control. Gwen Ifill talks to Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and Bruce Hartman, sheriff of Gilpin County, Colo., about the differences of gun cultures in rural and urban settings and protecting citizens from crime while protecting their rights. Continue reading
Rick Santorum was projected to move into second place in the GOP nomination delegate count after scoring wins in three states Tuesday. Gwen Ifill and Christina Bellantoni examine the new state of play in the Republican race, then Judy Woodruff and senior Santorum strategist John Brabender discuss his candidate’s campaign. Continue reading
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann suspended her campaign Wednesday after coming in sixth in the Iowa caucuses — the first test of the 2012 GOP presidential field. “The people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside,” she said at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Continue reading