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Wikileaks: Sen. Klobuchar on list of veep considerations

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar's name appeared amid a list of 39 other Democratic leaders for consideration for vice president, according to leaked e-mails posted on Wikileaks.

In a March 12 e-mail tapped out by John Podesta, chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign, Klobuchar was amid a so-called "food group" of female senators under consideration. Other names on the list included Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts and Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Also on the list was Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who lost out to Clinton in the primaries, and Tom Perez, President Obama's current labor secretary, Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and Tim Cook, Apple CEO, were also on the list.

"It is always an honor to be considered by the group, but I'm very pleased with the choice of Tim Kaine as the vice president," Klobuchar said, in a quick phone interview Thursday. She noted someone congratulated her earlier this week because her name was in the hacked e-mail.

"I thought, where have we come in our politics?" she said.

Klobuchar, Minnesota's senior senator, has been in the U.S. Senate since 2007.

League of Conservation Voters dropping $227,000 against Jason Lewis

The League of Conservation Voters is spending $227,000 to defeat Jason Lewis, the former radio show host who is the GOP nominee in the Second Congressional District. 

Lewis is running against health care executive Angie Craig, the DFL candidate. 

The League's spending will go toward five mail pieces that will go to 86,000 households, according to a news release. The group named Lewis one of its "dirty dozen," which is their moniker for a dozen candidates around the country they are focused on defeating. In 2012, all but one of the dozen lost, according to the group. 

This is just the latest example of big money from outside groups pouring into the Second Congressional, one of the most competitive House races in the country. The district includes the south and east Metro.  

Lewis, like many Republicans, believes overzealous environmental regulation is stifling economic growth. He wrote an op-ed for the Star Tribune in 2011 in which he said global warming's "fundamental premise looks weaker every day."