- - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

Obama to hold Facebook town hall

President Obama intends to hold a town hall-style session on Facebook later this month during a trip to California.

Social media has been a popular means for Mr. Obama to communicate with supporters, particularly during his 2008 presidential campaign. The White House is eager to tap into the youthful audience that drives Facebook.

The Facebook session will be conducted April 20 from Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. According to an announcement posted on the White Houses Facebook page, the session will include company CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. It will be streamed live over the Internet.

The White House says Mr. Obama will conduct a discussion on the economy and the need to reduce the government’s debt while still spending on innovation and other administration priorities.

MINNESOTA

High-rise home to 2012 campaign

ST. PAUL — Republican Tim Pawlenty’s nascent presidential campaign is settling into a high-rise office building in downtown Minneapolis, the planned headquarters of an anticipated White House run.

An adviser to Mr. Pawlenty confirmed Tuesday that the former Minnesota governor’s exploratory committee has leased space and is moving into the 27-story building. Mr. Pawlenty’s campaign will occupy 5,000 square feet on the ninth floor.

The lease was first reported by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. The newspaper quoted a property broker as saying Mr. Pawlenty’s team preferred the site because it is partially furnished, close to a light-rail line that runs to the airport and has many restaurants and amenities nearby.

Terms were not disclosed.

Mr. Pawlenty told talk-radio host Dennis Miller earlier Tuesday that a full-blown presidential announcement is coming “shortly.”

TENNESSEE

Former lawmaker dies at age 80

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