Today’s Uptake: Obama On Economy; Gov. Candidates On Education

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Watch replays on The UpTake of this morning’s Minnesota governor candidates’ education debate. GOP candidate Tom Emmer pledged not to cut education spending if elected. Meanwhile, DFL’er Mark Dayton says that funds are being mismanaged when schools have to weather a per-pupil funding cut of $1,300, calling that a “serious disrespect” to educators. You can also catch President Obama’s news conference on the economy.

Congressman John Kline (R-MN)

In advance of tomorrow’s ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and the passionate and sometimes reactionary impulses that event has spurred, we ask whether a secular U.S. government, and whether the Islamic faith in general, both here and abroad, pose inherent threats to Christianity, as Rep. John Kline inferred during a “Take Back America” rally this week.

Finally, does Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty share GOP candidate Tom Emmer’s view that the state’s $6 billion deficit doesn’t really exist?

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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