In Minnesota, the state government has been shut down since Friday. Days of around-the-clock talks failed to produce a deal last week between the Republican-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor. There were no new budget negotiations over the holiday weekend. Frustrated residents lined parade routes and shouted at waving politicians, telling them to "get back to work."
Steve Inskeep talks to Rachel Stassen-Berger, a political reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, about Minnesota's government shutdown. Non-essential government services are closed, including parks and rest stops. Lawmakers say they will resume budget negotiations Tuesday.
Just as pressure on former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is easing in New York, it is ramping up in Paris. A young novelist, who says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in 2003, is officially bringing charges against him. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers announced he will counter-sue for defamation of character.