Today’s UpTake: Reinventing Egypt, Renovating Target Center

Rally for Egyptian people at Minnesota State Capitol

Rally for Egyptian people at Minnesota State Capitol

Rally for Egyptian people at Minnesota State Capitol

For nearly a week now the entire world has tuned into the riveting street demonstrations continuing all over Egypt — and the democracy movement in the heart of the Arab world is even gracing our coverage on The UpTake. We’ll be at this afternoon’s pro-Egypt rally in St. Paul, and tonight at 7:30, we’ll air a discussion led by Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs professor Ragui Assaad (who’s been quoted extensively in the New York Times’ Egypt coverage in recent days) at the University of Minnesota. You can also catch President Obama press spokesman Robert Gibbs yesterday discussing how the White House is handling the Egypt situation.

Also today at 1 p.m. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council President Barbara Johnson will join Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, Target Center representatives and downtown Minneapolis business representatives in announcing their plan for renovating the basketball arena, which they claim will cost less than replacing the existing facility and will extend its life another two decades.

Yesterday on The UpTake, we broadcast the seesaw battle between Governor Mark Dayton, who released details of a proposed Bonding Bill, which was subsequently shot down and chewed up by his Republican opposition in the legislature. We also published stories about how the state’s Legacy Amendment that was passed in 2008 has paid big dividends for Minnesota. And in Washington, D.C., yesterday, the White House unveiled Startup America, as hinted in President Obama’s State of the Union address last week.

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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