Weekly UpTake

Obama at LaborFest In Milwaukee

The gubernatorial debate season continues to heat up this week on TheUptake: we’re bringing you this morning’s debate, live from Duluth, and we’ll be on site too for tomorrow’s Joint Chambers’ Debate at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul at 6:30 p.m.

Get your blood boiling at 6 p.m. tomorrow when you tune in to our coverage of a Tea Party rally in Watertown, Minn., with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and U.S. Rep. John Kline. GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer’s running mate Annette Meeks is also expected to attend. We’ll also bring you live feeds of President Obama’s speeches on the economy — tomorrow at noon in Cleveland and Friday back in Washington. This comes on the heels of Obama’s barn-burning words at Labor Fest yesterday in Milwaukee.

And follow our coverage of Tom Emmer on the campaign trail, including the partial release of his phantom budget and jobs plan yesterday at Permac Industries in Burnsville, Minn., a company that may be alive today in part because of federal job stimulus money that it received through Dakota County at the height of the economic recession — money that candidate Emmer vehemently opposes.

Not even the oily Gulf Coast is too far for TheUptake to go to bring you live coverage: courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard, we’ve got videos of the removal of an oil boom from Louisiana marshes, BP’s failed blowout preventer surfacing, and the effort to extinguish the latest Gulf oil rig fire.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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