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Published: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:27:39 -0600


'Women are needed, more than ever,' conference encourages women to run for office

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:50:34 -0600

This weekend, women interested in running for public office gathered in Minneapolis for training, teaching and collective encouragement. They're part of a broad national movement of more women seeking elected office.(image)

Senate may approve drilling in Alaskan wilderness with tax bill

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:01:02 -0600

Legislation opening up a portion of ANWR for leasing cleared a key Senate hurdle this week, when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved it.(image)

Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:05:33 -0600

Residents in high-tax, Democratic-led states appear to be the hardest hit. But some filers also could be left paying more in traditional Republican states, such as Georgia and Utah.(image)

Senate's ethics panel could be busy next year

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:57:43 -0600

Next year, the panel could be working nonstop, deciding the fate of up to three lawmakers, including two facing allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.(image)

Trump delays policy on importing elephant parts

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:54:15 -0600

President Donald Trump says he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts."(image)

Women rally against sexual harassment at Minnesota Capitol

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:43:35 -0600

A rally at the state capitol Friday called for an end to sexual harassment and the resignations of two state lawmakers.(image)

Rep. Cornish blurred boundaries between legislative, sexual pursuits

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:27 -0600

New details have surfaced about the behavior of Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, with sources describing conduct to MPR News ranging from unwelcome sexual advances to unwanted flirtatious contact with staff, colleagues and lobbyists.(image)

With Franken's star dimmed, Democrats stand to lose major fundraiser

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:43:25 -0600

Sen. Al Franken has raised millions on behalf of candidates around the country over the years. And he has been a tireless campaigner for Minnesota Democrats.(image)

As sex scandals mount against the powerful: Why not Trump?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:52:51 -0600

The charges leveled against Trump emerged in the supercharged thick of the 2016 campaign, when there was so much noise and chaos that they were just another episode for gobsmacked voters to try to absorb -- or tune out.(image)

Not real news: A look at what didn't happen this week

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:41:19 -0600

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.(image)

Rape survivor wants Franken's name off bill

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:59:38 -0600

"I want the bill to be championed by someone who is not being investigated for this kind of conduct," Abby Honold tells MPR News. She hopes Sen. Amy Klobuchar will take the lead.(image)

Rothman resigns commerce post to run for A.G.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:50:30 -0600

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman resigned Friday and plans to launch a bid for attorney general.(image)

Grassley alters Senate policy for 2 judicial nominees, including Minnesota's Stras

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:58:17 -0600

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday he's going ahead with confirmation hearings for two appellate court nominees, David Stras of Minnesota and Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, even though they have not received the support of both of their home-state senators.(image)

Senators: Kushner didn't disclose emails on WikiLeaks, 'Russian overture'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:57:00 -0600

Top lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking President Trump's son-in-law and adviser to turn over communications with WikiLeaks and emails pertaining to a "Russian backdoor overture."(image)

Oops, we lost your DACA application

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:19:00 -0600

Immigrants' rights groups say thousands of DACA renewal applications may have been wrongly rejected for being late. The Trump administration now says it will reconsider some of those applications.(image)

Selective outrage: Trump criticizes Franken, silent on Moore

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:49:34 -0600

The president moved quickly to condemn accusations against Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken as "really bad," but he has remained conspicuously silent on the more serious claims leveled against Roy Moore, the Republican in Alabama's special Senate race who faces allegations he sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago.(image)

Daily Digest: Franken facing ethics probe

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:46:11 -0600

DFL Sen. Al Franken apologizes after a woman alleges he forcibly kissed and groped her.(image)

In Minnesota, Franken feels heat -- but no widespread calls to quit

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:08:13 -0600

Sen. Al Franken faces a certain ethics complaint in Congress but uncertainty among party leaders and voters in his home state -- most stopping short of calling for his resignation -- after a radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.(image)

What would a Franken ethics investigation mean?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Many -- including Franken himself -- have called for an ethics investigation in his case. What would that mean?(image)

It's just not funny: Late-night hosts take on Franken accusations

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:57:02 -0600

With fellow comedian Sen. Al Franken in the headlines for sexual harassment, late-night talk show hosts faced the question Thursday night of what to do when the accused is one of your own.(image)