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Students, Faculty Protest $150K Pay Day For “War Criminal” Condoleezza Rice At U

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The University of Minnesota apparently has a short and incomplete memory of Condoleezza Rice’s role as national security advisor and Secretary of State in the Administration of President George W. Bush. The U is paying Rice $150,000 to speak on campus Thursday, but nowhere in the U’s glowing description of Rice and her contributions can one find a hint of what Ms. Rice actually did while in power. Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistle-blower Coleen Rowley tells the UpTake what we should remember about Condi Rice. (More…) Continue Reading →

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Sen. Franken Jokes Microwaves Important Tool In Gay Marriage Battle

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Speaking to 3,000 rally goers at the University of Minnesota, Senator Al Franken encourages everyone, including those with small kids, to get out the vote to defeat Minnesota’s marriage restriction amendment. Continue Reading →

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Voter Restriction Amendment Would Discourage College Students From Voting

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“Photo ID will make voting much more difficult for college students,” activist and Iraq War veteran Alex Erickson told a town hall meeting in St. Louis Park earlier this month. “College students rely on same-day registration.” Continue Reading →

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MN One Million Hoodies Rally for Trayvon Martin

Thousands of Minnesotans will take part in a peaceful demonstration from 6-8 p.m. tonight on the Northrup Mall at the University of Minnesota to mourn the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and speak out against racial profiling and gun violence in Florida and other states including Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Dayton Attends Food Fundraiser: Big Vote on Net Neutrality

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The big news in Washington, D.C. is that the Federal Communications Commission and hard-to-read Chairman Julius Genachowski will vote today on Net Neutrality. Senator Al Franken — perhaps the biggest Net Neutrality supporter on Capitol Hill — criticized the plan Friday, saying it wasn’t ambitious enough. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Climate Change Brings Lawsuits; Vets for Peace Arrested at White House

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Today and this week we’re taking a look at whether the extreme weather that has hit Minnesota in recent months is a result of global climate change. University of Minnesota Environmental Law Professor Hari Osofsky walks us through several lawsuits filed as a result of environmental pollution and climate change. Continue Reading →

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Litigation Follows Extreme Weather Caused by Climate Change

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Several days after the worst winter snowstorm to hit the Twin Cities in 19 years, The UpTake interviewed University of Minnesota Environmental Law Professor Hari Osofsky about law surrounding climate change, and what kinds of lawsuits might be filed here in the Midwest, and nationwide, in response to environmental pollution and global climate change. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Recount Training Presentation, FBI Raids and Judicial Elections

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The Office of the Secretary of State has invited media today to view a live Recount Training Presentation for election officials at 1:30 p.m. at the State Office Building. Then at 4 p.m. at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, we’ll broadcast a panel discussion led by moderator Larry Jacobs about the state of judicial elections in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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