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Published: Tue, 23 May 2017 13:59:19 -0500


'Peace is a choice,' Trump says during appearance with Palestinian leader

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:55:00 -0500

Trump provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. He said it could "begin a process of peace all through out the Middle East."(image)

Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:51:26 -0500

The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air and water programs.(image)

Ex-CIA chief says he warned Russians about election meddling

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:05:02 -0500

Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent and warming of relations after the election.(image)

Trump budget: More for the military, less for the poor

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:08:00 -0500

President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Congress a $4.1 trillion federal spending plan that promises faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade.(image)

Daily Digest: Into overtime

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:04 -0500

The Legislature went into special session after time ran out last night with work unfinished on a new state budget.(image)

GOP bill could undercut some coverage in job-based insurance

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.(image)

Mississippi lawmaker: Sorry for saying Confederate statue removers 'should be lynched'

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:25:00 -0500

In a Facebook post over the weekend, Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver said New Orleans politicians "should be LYNCHED" for taking down the memorials. He took it back on Monday.(image)

Legislature misses deadline; special session begins

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:26:14 -0500

Lawmakers head into a special session to complete work on a budget that they hope can be finished by Wednesday morning.(image)

Jane Goodall on resilience of nature and the indomitable human spirit

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Jane Goodall wonders why humans, such intellectual creatures, would destroy our only home. But says she has hope for the future because of the enthusiasm of young people, the resilience of nature and the indomitable human spirit.(image)

Minnesota lawmakers begin special session at midnight

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:45:00 -0500

Among the items still left to resolve: budgets for public school allowances, health and welfare programs, state agency operations and transportation projects. Republicans are adamant that a tax-cut package get done, too.(image)

White House moves to block disclosure of ethics waivers for Trump appointees

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:00:00 -0500

The Office of Government Ethics wants to know which Trump appointees who worked for corporations and lobbying firms have been given waivers from ethics rules. The White House has halted that search.(image)

Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena; Dems say he lied

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:00:50 -0500

Flynn's lawyers claimed an "escalating public frenzy" against the former aide justified declining a subpoena for his records.(image)

Justice Dept. narrows scope of 'sanctuary cities' executive order

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:07:00 -0500

The move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes after a federal judge blocked a key part of the directive, the threat of withholding federal funds.(image)

Renewable energy, consumer groups disappointed with energy bill

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:58:11 -0500

The jobs-energy omnibus bill passed by the Legislature contains several energy provisions that various stakeholder groups have opposed. Gov. Mark Dayton has not yet indicated whether he will sign it, though GOP leaders said they worked with the governor's staff to find compromise language.(image)

MN Lawmakers nearing deadline, special session

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:36:16 -0500

Big pieces of a new two-year state budget were still missing Monday afternoon as the midnight deadline to end the session drew nearer.(image)

Internet privacy measure dies at Capitol

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:09:05 -0500

The final version of a budget bill leaves out an internet privacy provision that drew near-unanimous support earlier in the session.(image)

Here's the deal with that glowing orb - and plenty of notes on what it isn't

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:30:00 -0500

It seemed an innocuous gesture: President Trump joined two other world leaders in laying their hands on a lit-up globe at an event in Saudi Arabia. Then, Twitter caught wind of it.(image)

The latest in DC politics from the Political Junkie

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:58:46 -0500

What is President Trump focusing on during his first trip overseas? And how is the U.S. reacting to the succession of Trump-related leaks coming from the DC?(image)

Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:06:52 -0500

The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in the two districts. The result was to weaken African-American voting strength elsewhere in North Carolina.(image)

Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:05:36 -0500

A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.(image)