Today’s UpTake: Protesting Torture; Republicans Endorse Horner

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Today The UpTake will cover the protests against law professors John Yoo and Robert Delahunty — advocates of torture as part of the Bush administration’s “war against terror” — who will appear today at a St. Thomas Law School symposium. And word on the street is that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer will announce an important endorsement at 2 p.m. at the State Capitol.

His opponent Tom Horner (Independence Party candidate) pocketed his own key endorsement yesterday from 13 former Republican state legislators. Meanwhile, over at the State Office Building, State Rep. Tom Rukavina talked about job creation and challenged Emmer’s record. And we tried to get into the press conference during which Emmer appeared with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but were denied entry.

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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