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In this handout image made available by the photographer American journalist Steven Sotloff (Center with black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata on June 02, 2011 in Misrata, Libya.  Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria and was recently shown on a jihadist video in which fellow US journalist James Foley was executed.   In the video the militant form the Islamic State (IS) threatens to kill Sotloff next if the US continues its aerial campaign against the insurgency.  (credit: Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images)

Wis. Senator: Beheading Video Calls For Intervention

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says the Islamic State extremists reported to have beheaded a second American journalist are evil barbarians who must be defeated. The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday that appears to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff.

09/02/2014

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Ex-Independence Party Leaders Endorse McFadden

Two former leaders in Minnesota’s Independence Party have endorsed Republican candidate Mike McFadden in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Former Independence Party Chairman Jack Uldrich and former House candidate David Dillon both threw their support behind McFadden on Monday.

09/01/2014

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5 Things To Know About The Midterm Election

With any luck, Minnesota has two months left in its election season. Then again, the state is accustomed to high-profile races that go into overtime. It just so happens that two recount survivors, Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, share a ballot this fall in respective re-election bids.

09/01/2014

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Minnesota Senator Al Franken Makes The Rounds At The Fair

Senator Al Franken is making the rounds at the Minnesota State Fair. On Sunday, he sat down with WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar, the host of News and Views, and talked about the campaign.

08/31/2014

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McFadden Defends Role In Irish Firm’s Merger

Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate. McFadden’s Minnesota-based firm made more than $11 million, according to public filings.

08/30/2014

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Senate Hopeful McFadden Defends Role In Irish Firm’s Merger

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is defending his investment banking firm’s involvement in a deal that led a U.S. company overseas. The so-called tax inversion finalized in 2012 involved a U.S. pharmaceutical company merging with a competitor and moving its tax residence to Ireland, where corporate tax rates are much lower.

08/29/2014

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PODCAST: STATE FAIR-AUGUST 28TH, 2014 Dave Lee And The WCCO Morning News

The WCCO Morning News From The Fair: Click the link above to listen back to highlights.

08/28/2014

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Franken Pivots To McFadden In Latest Ad

U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s campaign is slowly shifting course by drawing attention to his Republican opponent. Franken calls out businessman Mike McFadden by name for the first time in his latest TV ad, accusing the Republican candidate of attacking Franken and misleading voters.

08/28/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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Political Candidates See Opportunity At State Fair

Political candidates foraging for fall votes are settling in at the Minnesota State Fair. With more than 1.7 million people expected to roam the grounds during the 12-day run, candidates for governor, senator and other offices are shaking hands and spreading their messages.

08/21/2014

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Laughs In Minnesota Senate Race Not From Franken

Someone has a sense of humor in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, but it’s not the former “Saturday Night Live” writer and comedian. As front-running Sen. Al Franken sticks with sober ads highlighting his work on issues including the mortgage crisis and mental health in schools, it’s Republican challenger Mike McFadden who is bringing the funny.

08/21/2014

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McFadden Talks On Recent Gas Tax Fumble

You’ve seen his campaign ads on TV, and on Tuesday night John Lauritsen had an opportunity to visit with U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden at football practice.

08/19/2014

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McFadden’s Task: Convincing Outside Money To Come

From the moment Al Franken won his Senate seat by just 312 votes in 2008, Republicans began foretelling his doom in 2014, painting him as a perfect target in their effort to retake the chamber this fall.

08/17/2014

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Reality Check: Mike McFadden’s ‘Stitches’ Ad

Minnesota’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is a hands-on guy. So much so, his family says he practices DIY health care. In a McFadden television ad called “Stitches” airing widely in Minnesota, McFadden’s son says his father removed his stitches because he thought it cost too much.

08/15/2014

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McFadden Reverses Course On Gas Tax Hike

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is backing away from remarks supporting a raise in the gas tax to pay for highway repairs.

08/14/2014

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Podcast Page: 8-14-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee-John Hines Fills In

John Hines sits in for Dave Lee….highlights from the Thursday show can be found on the Podcast Page. Click the link above….

08/14/2014

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Johnson Set To Face Off Against Dayton In Gubernatorial Race

Republicans closed ranks Wednesday behind the winner of Tuesday’s primary election for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a decisive primary victory over three opponents. He’ll face incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson promises a campaign of ideas, not smears.

08/13/2014

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5 Things To Know About Minnesota’s Primary Races

The primary election cleared up some intriguing questions and immediately set up some new ones. Before Minnesota digs in for the 12-week slog to November, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights in Tuesday’s races.

08/13/2014

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McFadden Wins Minn. GOP Senate Primary

Businessman Mike McFadden has won Minnesota’s Republican Senate primary and will take on Sen. Al Franken in November.

08/12/2014

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A Quick Look At Minn. Primary Races

There’s close attention being paid to the Republican governor’s race. The four-way race is the most hotly contested primary in 20 years. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the official party endorsement, and on Tuesday night, we’ll see how much that matters.

08/12/2014

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Top Prize In Minnesota Primary: GOP Governor Nod

Minnesota Republicans were picking candidates for governor and Senate in primaries Tuesday to finalize nominations for a party trying to climb back into power after years of Democratic dominance.

08/12/2014

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5 Things To Know About Minnesota’s Primary

Minnesotans — at least a few of them, anyway — will take a short break from summer to tend to Tuesday’s primary election. Here are 5 things to know about the election

08/11/2014

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McFadden Aiming To Unseat Sen. Al Franken

During his weekly radio address to the nation, President Obama explained more about the operations he authorized in Iraq. The Republican Response was given by U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota, Mike McFadden.

08/10/2014

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McFadden To Deliver GOP’s Weekly Address

Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden will deliver the GOP’s weekly rebuttal to President Obama. The party’s radio address is generally delivered by sitting lawmakers or governors, although some candidates have given it before. The choice of McFadden — even before Tuesday’s election to settle the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken — underlines his support in the national establishment.

08/07/2014

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Podcast Page: 8-7-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss something from Thursday’s show? Click the link above to listen back to highlights from the show on Dave’s Podcast Page.

08/07/2014

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