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Published: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:27:12 -0600


US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:00:00 -0600

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.(image)

Supreme Court to hear latest challenge to Trump's travel ban

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:22:02 -0600

After losing several lower court rulings, the Trump administration will finally get a hearing by the justices on legality of its entry restrictions.(image)

DFLer describes backlash after accusing senator of harassment

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:42:17 -0600

A former Minnesota house candidate is telling her story after facing a backlash for sharing her 'Me Too' moment last year.(image)

Women's March Minnesota shifts focus from rallies to long-term commitment

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:31:34 -0600

On the one-year anniversary of the movement, people are being asked to organize during an election year when multiple offices are up for grabs.(image)

Was Ta-Nahesi Coates right to call Donald Trump 'The First White President'?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:18:48 -0600

Ta-Nahesi Coates penned a provocative essay on race and the presidency one year ago. Have his assertions held up?(image)

World's regard for U.S. leadership hits record low in Gallup poll

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:32:00 -0600

The global approval rating for U.S. leadership fell to 30 percent -- lower in President Trump's first year in office than under former President George W. Bush, and a sharp fall from the Obama era.(image)

Sides lining up for fight over device repair bill

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:32:21 -0600

Broken tablet screen or lame cell phone battery? A new bill could make repairs more readily accessible. But device makers worry it could compromise security or expose design secrets.(image)

Trump appointee resigns after bigoted comments surface

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:51:00 -0600

Carl Higbie, appointed by President Trump to serve in the agency that runs AmericCorps, has apologized for remarks that derided black people, Muslims and other groups.(image)

Minnesota GOP leader to earn cut of large donations

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:36:22 -0600

Minnesota Republican Party committee voted 11-3 to approve new commission structure for Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, which could bring her pay to $125,000.(image)

What Minnesotans in Congress are saying as a shutdown looms

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:32:13 -0600

If the federal government partially shuts down at midnight Friday, one thing is for sure: Both parties will try to blame the other for it.(image)

Tina Smith: 'Republicans need to negotiate with us'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:39:26 -0600

Minnesota DFL Senator Tina Smith says she won't vote for a short-term spending bill that would keep the government funded until Feb. 16.(image)

Women's March 2018: Less outrage, more organizing

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:52:00 -0600

With midterm elections approaching, the theme this year is "Power to the Polls."(image)

Daily Digest: Why no Amazon? Why no details?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:41:13 -0600

Reaction to Amazon's decision to freeze out Minnesota and some other items worth a read this Friday.(image)

Staffing in Trump's White House seem chaotic? You're onto something

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

In Trump's first year in office 34 percent of top aides have either resigned, been fired or moved to different positions. That level of turmoil is off the charts compared with recent presidencies.(image)

Gov't shutdown seems near; Senate fails to approve funding

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:44:31 -0600

An eleventh-hour effort to stave off the shutdown for four weeks appeared to fall well short in the Senate, and lawmakers preemptively traded blame as the midnight deadline neared.(image)

This time, drama at State Capitol involves actors

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

A theater company is presenting a play about state government, in the seat of state government.(image)

Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

As more schools begin to confront their participation in slavery, they also consider how to make amends.(image)

Red River diversion report leaves dam location in question

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:49:22 -0600

A task force assembled by the governors of North Dakota and Minnesota released its final recommendations for re-starting a stalled $2.2 billion Red River diversion project meant to protect Fargo and Moorhead.(image)

HHS Religious Freedom Division draws praise, alarm in Minnesota

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:22:14 -0600

The Trump administration has created a new Health and Human Services Department "Civil Rights" division that is fueling both praise and alarm in Minnesota.(image)

Trump admin will protect health workers who refuse services on religious grounds

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:53:00 -0600

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.(image)