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By David S. Bennahum | 11.16.11 | 3:25 pm

I am writing today to announce the closure of the Minnesota Independent. After five years of operation in Minnesota, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news into a single site, The…

Chicago Fed calls for action to reduce unemployment

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By Nicolas Mendoza | 11.16.11 | 7:08 am

The Chicago Federal Reserve has been the lone dissenting voice in favor of stimulating the economy through monetary policy.

Supreme Court moves towards ruling on ‘downer’ livestock

By Lynda Waddington | 11.16.11 | 6:59 am

The ruling could overturn a California law that sought to prohibit the sale of meat for human consumption from animals unable to walk, and mandated under its penal code that any “downer” livestock be immediately euthanized.

As Crystal Sugar lockout drags on, bipartisan effort to repeal sugar protections emerges

American Crystal Sugar in East Grand Forks, Minn. Photo: Wes Peck, Flickr
By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11 | 11:45 am

Members of Minnesota and North Dakota’s congressional delegations have warned that the American Crystal Sugar lockout could hurt the chances of maintaining sugar protections in the upcoming Farm Bill by alienating pro-labor lawmakers.

Glenn Beck promotes Santorum, Bachmann ticket

By Lynda Waddington | 11.15.11 | 11:20 am

Beck said there are only two candidates, in his opinion, that don’t have “scary policies.” Those two being Santorum and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

(Video) Herman Cain’s claims that EPA regulates cow emissions are false

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11 | 11:11 am

A spokesman for the EPA said there’s no truth to claims that the EPA wants to regulate methane from cattle or dust from farms.

Bachmann chairman in S.C. introduced bill to consider creation of state currency

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By Jon Collins | 11.15.11 | 10:42 am

Last year, Bright spearheaded a contentious non-binding resolution affirming South Carolina’s constitutional sovereignty, telling a reporter, “If at first you don’t secede, try again.”

Mired in tax debate, super committee members try to stave off automatic cuts

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By Sam Petulla | 11.15.11 | 7:57 am

Super committee members are trying to avoid the “trigger mechanism,” a fail-safe that would result in deep military and across-the-board cuts if the deal isn’t made.

Walz bill to curb congressional insider trading gets national attention

By Andy Birkey | 11.15.11 | 7:45 am

The report that prominent members of Congress have used inside knowledge of companies to know when to buy and sell stock has focused increased attention on Walz’s proposal.

(Video) Bachmann lashes out at opponents with ‘No Surprises’ campaign

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By Andy Birkey | 11.14.11 | 12:36 pm

The “No Surprises” campaign promises that Bachmann won’t have any surprises in her policy positions, unlike her competitors for the Republican presidential nomination.

Spotlight on: Target Corporation

(Updated) NLRB findings of intimidation could overturn Target store’s vote against union

The findings could provide enough evidence for an administrative judge to recommend that June’s vote to reject the union at the New York store be overturned.

Community wants answers from Target on marriage amendment

Twin Cities Pride is asking the LGBT community for feedback over the decision by Target to stay neutral on an anti–gay marriage amendment that will appear on the ballot in 2012.

Target, Best Buy and 3M get downgraded in HRC equality rating

In the new 2011 Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign, three Minnesota corporations’ ratings were decreased due to political activity: Target, Best Buy and 3M.

Target’s reputation takes a hit after gift to MN Forward

Brandweek, a weekly trade magazine for the marketing industry, notes that Target’s reputation or “buzz” took a serious hit after donations to MN Forward were revealed in early August.

Target CEO Steinhafel helped nix eating disorder clinic

Earlier this year, an eating disorder clinic called the Emily Program was attempting to open a new facility in an affluent part of Orono, a town of 7,500 people west of Minneapolis. But opposition from some neighbors, as well as…