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Mexico's Lopez Obrador on brink of historic presidential win

MEXICO CITY — Leftist populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was on the brink of a historic presidential win Sunday night as an exit poll gave him an overwhelming lead and both of his chief rivals conceded defeat. Lopez Obrador, who has vowed to transform Mexico and oust the "mafia of power" that rules the country,...

 

DFL race for governor splits along regional lines

A group of DFL lawmakers from greater Minnesota is alarmed by the prospect of running in November with the all-Twin Cities gubernatorial ticket of state Reps. Erin Murphy and Erin Maye Quade, their party-endorsed candidates. As Democrats increasingly lose their hold on political power outside Minnesota's largest...

 

Restless Democratic newcomers bringing change to House

WASHINGTON — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats. Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It's not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and progressive. They are. Or that many are women entering politics who want to...

 

Trump Says He Will Announce Supreme Court Pick on July 9

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Trump said Friday that he plans to announce his pick to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on July 9, quickly kicking off a confirmation battle that the White House and Senate Republicans hope to finish by early fall. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew to his...

 

Minnesota's Democratic senators say Supreme Court appointment should wait

WASHINGTON – The new Supreme Court opening is spurring new tension in the U.S. Senate, with Democrats including Minnesota’s two senators demanding that the Republican majority wait to fill it until after the November election. “It is really important that people have a real opportunity to weigh in and I do...

 

City Council members question Native American liaison role

City councilors on Wednesday expressed skepticism about the job title and purpose of the city of Santa Fe’s Native American liaison, a $48,000-a-year position. Councilor Renee Villarreal said the contract for Rima Krisst, who has served as the liaison since the position was created in 2016, describes a role that...

 

Supreme Court ruling on public union dues hits Minnesota labor groups

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that public employees who don’t join unions can’t be required to pay for collective bargaining hit hard in Minnesota, a state whose Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has long counted on organized labor as its most powerful ally. The 5-4 ruling brought sharply different...

 

BP: Anti-Trump protest march stretches three blocks long

FARGO — The proximity was too close for Jackie Harrison and Viki Adam to stay inside Eventide and not join the growing demonstration across the street at Scheels Arena protesting President Donald Trump's arrival on Wednesday, June 27. Both women battle multiple sclerosis and said they are cared for by mostly...

 

Who's on President Trump's list to replace Justice Kennedy?

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announcement Wednesday that he is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court effective July 31 has opened the floodgates of speculation on who President Trump will choose as his replacement. The White House has previously circulated names of potential successors. “It will be somebody from...

 

High court OKs Trump's travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries Tuesday, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his presidential power. A dissenting liberal justice said the court was making a historic mistake by refusing...

 

School board member resigns after making slur against tribe

DARRINGTON, Wash. – A school board member resigned earlier this month after making statements on social media that insulted Native Americans. “The derogatory comments were directed at the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe and members of our Native American community,” Superintendent Buck Marsh wrote in a public...

 

Democrats take risk with insults, rancor toward Trump

WASHINGTON – For more than two years, Democrats have struggled with how aggressively to confront Donald Trump, a political opponent unlike any other: Should they attack him over his hard-line policies, his inflammatory, norm-breaking conduct, or some combination of both? In recent days, as institutional Democrats...

 

BP: McFeely: Tribal election another blow for Star Lake casino

WHITE EARTH, Minn. - Less than a month ago, Star Lake casino opponent Ty Dayton characterized the status of the controversial project thusly: "The casino proposal is not dead. It's just in a very deep state of hibernation." After the White Earth Nation tribal election on June 12, it might be time to ask a question....

 

What's the purpose of education? The Trump administration has one theory

What’s the purpose of an education? To get a job? To expand the mind? This is a question that’s dogged philosophers, politicians and educators for years. This week, we got another glimpse into the Trump administration’s answer to that question. The White House released a proposal Thursday to merge the...

 

Jason Metsa Announces Endorsement from Eighth Congressional District Mayors

Virginia, MN – Today, more than a dozen mayors across Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District announced their support for Jason Metsa’s congressional campaign. In May, Metsa announced Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s endorsement. The mayors announcing their support include: Bigfork Mayor Amy Pifher Biwabik Mayor...

 

Begaye Removed From Tribal Duties

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye did his best to navigate the “Karis crisis” caused by his daughter’s latest driving under the influence arrest but, in the end, the public outcry proved too much. Karis Begaye, 41, who worked as special advisor to the Office of the President, is no longer working for the...

 

Trump Mockingly Apologized to Pocahontas' Memory at Campaign Rally in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — While campaigning Saturday in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump mockingly apologized to the memory of Pocahontas. The president was in Las Vegas campaigning for Senator Dean Heller, who is seeking re-election in November. Trump’s mention of Pocahontas came as he referenced today’s stop at the Nevada...

 

Sen. Udall: Climate Change Poses 'Grave Threat' to Traditional Subsistence Practiaces in Indian Country

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing entitled “Keep What You Catch: Promoting Traditional Subsistence Activities in Native Communities.” In his opening statement,...

 

GOP struggles to salvage immigration bill, postpones vote

WASHINGTON — The House Republican immigration overhaul dangled precariously Thursday, imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions — and by President Donald Trump's running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never become law. Republican...

 

Peterson submits Statement for the Record in support of DEA authorities to combat opioid abuse

WASHINGTON - Congressman Collin C. Peterson submitted the following Statement for the Record after Republican Leadership refused to consider his bipartisan amendment to H.R.6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The amendment would have restored the DEA's authority to carry out needed enforcement actions to...

 

White House to propose merging Labor and Education into one agency as centerpiece of federal government overhaul

The White House on Thursday will propose merging the Education and Labor departments into one federal agency, the centerpiece of a plan to remake a bureaucracy that President Trump and his supporters consider too big and bloated, according to an administration official familiar with the plan. The long-awaited proposal...

 

Navajo Man Fights Ruling Disqualifying Him From Utah Ballot

A Navajo man filed suit Wednesday challenging a Utah county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race. Lawyers for Democrat Willie Grayeyes said in a statement the finding by San Juan County was an attack on his race...

 

President Trump Is Looking for Suggestions for Pardons. So We Asked 7 Historians for Their Thoughts

Few presidents have been as excited about pardon powers as Donald Trump. In recent months, Trump has issued a rare posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson and a much more contemporary one to conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza. He has commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, in the wake of lobbying by Kim...

 

In Duluth, Trump predicts Minnesota win in '20

DULUTH — President Donald Trump predicted he would win Minnesota when he runs for reelection in two years as he opened up a roundtable discussion in Duluth on Wednesday. “We came close to winning this state,” Trump said in the roundtable discussion at the Port of Duluth-Superior, which was to be followed by a...

 

Michael Bloomberg pledges millions to aid Democratic candidates

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has decided to throw his political clout and personal fortune behind the Democratic campaign to take control of the House of Representatives this year, directing aides to spend tens of millions of dollars in an effort to expel Republicans from power....

 

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