Today’s UpTake: Tax Cuts Pass House, Metrodome Roof Still Not Safe

The Metrodome's Ripped Roof

Following a marathon round of debates late into the night, the House of Representatives approved President Obama’s tax-cut compromise for the middle class and wealthy. Obama will sign the legislation today at 2:50 p.m. Central Time. Yesterday the President also spoke together with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on significant progress made in the war in Afghanistan.

The Metrodome's Ripped Roof

The Metrodome's Ripped Roof

The big story here in Minnesota yesterday emerged during the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission press conference when it became apparent that the Metrodome’s roof wouldn’t be repaired any time soon. We also provided live footage of a gaping hole left by a fourth panel that collapsed Wednesday.

At a press conference yesterday in the State Capitol, GOP state senators Geoff Michel and Amy Koch addressed the Metrodome dilemma, and whether or not that makes the case for a publicly-funded new stadium. Michel and Koch appeared together with Governor-elect Mark Dayton, whose election victory over Tom Emmer was officially certified earlier in the day by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

We also brought you the news that a $4 million loan approved by a Minnesota state agency for a mining company to purchase land may be illegal, according to an environmental watchdog group. Finally, this video featuring Minnesota Break the Bonds, an organization dedicated to disinvesting in Israeli Bonds until the country obeys international law and stops the apartheid against the Palestinians.

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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