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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:07:52 -0600


Minn. election chief among those straddling line between sounding alarm and being alarmist

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600

State election officers from all over the country met in Washington, D.C. this weekend, and received a classified intelligence briefing on threats from foreign adversaries.(image)

Trump to talk about 'school safety,' but will he mention guns?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600

The president has meetings scheduled with students and teachers centered on safety after the latest mass shooting at a high school in Florida. But so far, he has avoided addressing guns.(image)

Minnesota Legislature returns with long agenda, short session

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600

Lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday looking for common ground on some key issues, including taxes and public construction projects. Gov. Mark Dayton expects to butt heads with Republicans. "We're going to clash."(image)

A new era for 'The Presidents Club'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Ex-presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush gave separate speeches criticizing President Trump, without naming him. Two experts on the presidency reflect on 70 years of competition, cooperation and compassion among the American presidents and their predecessors.(image)

Trump criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:01:41 -0600

President Trump said on Twitter: "This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"(image)

McMaster says evidence of Russia meddling 'incontrovertible'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:16:00 -0600

McMaster's remarks to an international audience at the Munich Security Conference, including several Russian officials, were notable, in part, because they appeared to fly in the face of his boss's oft-repeated claims about the investigation being a phony witch hunt.(image)

The Russia Investigations: Mueller Indicts The 'Internet Research Agency'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0600

Here are five takeaways from the indictment unveiled on Friday that charged a St. Petersburg troll farm and a number of individual Russians with waging "information warfare" against the United States.(image)

5 things to watch in Minnesota's 2018 legislative session

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600

A 12-week tug of war over the destination of tax dollars, the scope of government regulations and the way public services are delivered starts Tuesday in St. Paul. Here's your guide.(image)

St. Paul city attorney sues state lawmaker for defamation

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:37:56 -0600

Lyndsey Olson said in her lawsuit that Rep. John Lesch sent Mayor Melvin Carter a letter in early January in which Lesch questioned Olson's fitness for the city attorney's position.(image)

Young shooting survivors stepped from school into gun debate

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:22:33 -0600

The young people who saw classmates slain at the desks next to them are fast becoming advocates for stronger weapons laws and a safer world.(image)

Chief of staff Kelly wants new White House security clearance rules

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:47:56 -0600

John Kelly's memo follows criticisms that lax clearance procedures allowed an aide accused of domestic violence to remain on job.(image)

Minnesota Legislature considering 5 bills related to guns

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:12:26 -0600

The deadly school shooting in Florida has revived discussion over gun control and highlighted Minnesota's pending bills on the issue.(image)

Grand jury indicts Russians linked to interference in 2016 election

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:11:00 -0600

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's office says 13 Russians and three Russian entities took part in a broad information war against the United States.(image)

Is the March 5 DACA deadline meaningful anymore?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:27:11 -0600

With President Trump's expiration date approaching and no solution in sight for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, some lawmakers are beginning to downplay the date's importance.(image)

Mitt Romney announces return to politics with Utah Senate run

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:32:00 -0600

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee was encouraged to run by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. If Romney is elected, a prominent GOP critic of President Trump would arrive in the Senate as others retire.(image)

Trump calls for mental health action after shooting; his budget would cut programs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:48:00 -0600

The president offered his sympathies to victims and the nation. He also said mental health problems need to be addresed but he offered no plan for doing that.(image)

Daily Digest: Guns and politics

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:36:43 -0600

Some stories in the news worth a look this Friday morning.(image)

Senate fails to advance any immigration proposals

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600

The Senate failed to pass any immigration legislation before a self-imposed Friday deadline. Without a bill, roughly 700,000 immigrants stand to lose legal protections as early as March 5.(image)

George Washington's warning to future generations

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Some warnings from President George Washington's "Farewell Address," about the forces that could destroy our democracy. In September 1796, as he became a private citizen, he worried about hyper-partisanship, excessive debt and entanglements in foreign wars.(image)

Minnesota Congressional delegation: What would you do to stop school shootings?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:37:04 -0600

MPR News asked the Minnesota Congressional delegation for what they would do to stop school shootings. Their responses:(image)