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  • Biden, Trump campaign efforts in Michigan show a sharp contrast in tone

    Feb 20, 2024

    MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. - The Biden-Harris pep rally at a union hall here was thrown together quickly, not wanting Donald Trump's visit to Oakland County the next day to go unchecked. The two events could not have been more different, either in scale or in tone. A small community of Democratic activists came Friday, seeking the jolt of energy they felt their campaign lacked, and their anxiety was palpable, both for the difficulties of winning and the consequences of failure. Then on Saturday, a...

  • What's passed and what's yet to come at the 2024 Minnesota Legislature

    Feb 20, 2024

    Last year's legislative session, with the DFL in control of both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature and the governor's office for the first time in a decade, saw a huge wave of new laws in Minnesota, from abortion protections to banning conversion therapy to legalizing recreational cannabis. Leaders are promising a quieter session this year. Still, the Legislature is expected to tackle a few big topics. Here's a list of the key issues we're tracking and where they are in the legislative process. This page will be updated throughout the...

  • RECAP: National Congress of American Indians opens winter session

    Feb 20, 2024

    Following the State of Indian Nations on Monday, the National Congress of American Indians hosted top U.S. government officials and key lawmakers for its executive council winter session in Washington, D.C. Here's a social media recap from the opening day of the meeting on Tuesday, held at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown, hotel. Opening honor song by Lance Fisher (Northern Cheyenne) and Giovanna Gross (Oglala Lakota) as @NCAI1944 opens executive council winter session in Washington DC....

  • Fast-tracked change to new law about officers in schools hits snag at the Capitol

    Feb 16, 2024

    On the opening day of the legislative session, Democrats promised to fast-track a bill to address concerns with a new law that limits the types of restraints that school resource officers (SROs) can use on students. The bill got two hearings within two days in the House, but it was unexpectedly laid over in the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee on Tuesday night. It was supposed to head to the Ways and Means Committee next, which top leaders said would set the bill up for a floor vote...

  • Former FBI informant charged with lying about Biden business

    Feb 16, 2024

    Special counsel David Weiss - who has previously filed criminal charges against President Biden's son Hunter - announced new charges Thursday against a former FBI informant who officials say lied about the Bidens' business dealings. The indictment returned by a grand jury in Los Angeles accuses Alexander Smirnov of making a false statement and creating a false and fictitious record. The charges amount to a stark rebuke of conservatives, particularly Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the...

  • Minnesota Legislature likely to steer clear of major new investments in schools in 2024

    Feb 15, 2024

    Minnesota schools won $2.2 billion in new funding the last time the Legislature met, but as lawmakers reconvened this week, the 2024 legislative session thus far carries little hope of a splashy education encore. Restraint instead is the message, and it's been heard by education advocates, who nonetheless plan to continue to push for additional revenue as district budgets are squeezed. "We educate the children and we won't quiet our voices," said St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe...

  • House votes to impeach Mayorkas, a historic rebuke of sitting Cabinet member by Republicans

    Feb 14, 2024

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. House voted Tuesday to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, with the Republican majority determined to punish the Biden administration over its handling of the U.S-Mexico border after failing last week in a politically embarrassing setback. The evening roll call proved tight, with Speaker Mike Johnson's threadbare GOP majority unable to handle many defectors or absences in the face of staunch Democratic opposition to impeaching Mayorkas, the first...

  • Video of wolf killing deer in northern Minnesota becomes political fodder

    Feb 14, 2024

    A lone gray wolf bolted past a logger last week, on the edge of a clear cut forest in northern St. Louis County. The wolf ran past a giant industrial saw and leaped over felled trees in pursuit of what was either a young doe or an antlerless buck. Seconds later, the wolf killed the deer on the other side of a neatly stacked pile of freshly cut logs, oblivious to the logger, who captured the chase on video. U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., posted the video on several social media sites along...

  • Biden says Trump sowing doubts about US commitment to NATO is 'un-American'

    Feb 14, 2024

    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Tuesday said Donald Trump's comments calling into question the U.S. commitment to defend its NATO allies from attack were ''dangerous'' and ''un-American,'' seizing on the former president's comments that sowed fresh fears among U.S. partners about its dependability on the global stage. Trump, the front-runner in the U.S. for the Republican Party's nomination this year, said Saturday that he once warned that he would allow Russia to do whatever it wants to...

  • Native child welfare bills return after federal law upheld

    Feb 14, 2024

    Three bills were introduced last year at the South Dakota Legislature to address Native American child welfare reform. All of them were defeated, with opponents citing concerns about the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending case addressing the Indian Child Welfare Act, known by the acronym ICWA. The court has since upheld the constitutionality of the federal law, and another batch of bills has been introduced during the 2024 legislative session. “I have to bring this back,” said Rep. Peri Pourier, D-Rapid City, who sponsored the bills last...

  • Early tensions emerge as Minnesota lawmakers convene 2024 legislative session

    Feb 13, 2024

    Minnesota lawmakers embraced after months apart, posed for selfies on the first day of session and promised a quieter year than 2023, when Democrats in control passed sweeping policy changes and the largest two-year budget in state history. But ceremony quickly turned into debate over policy issues, a preview of partisan conflicts ahead in a short, election-year legislative session. "Summer vacation is over, we're back to work," DFL Speaker Melissa Hortman said on the House floor, moments after...

  • How Trump urging Russia to invade 'delinquent' NATO members distorts how the alliance works

    Feb 13, 2024

    WARSAW, Poland — Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican Party's nomination this year, says he once warned that he would allow Russia to do whatever it wants to NATO member nations that are ''delinquent'' in devoting 2% of their gross domestic product to defense. Trump's comment on Saturday represented the latest instance in which the former president seemed to side with an authoritarian state over America's democratic allies. It also adds to evidence that the 77-year-old either does not understand how NATO works or is distorting...

  • Speaker Johnson rejects Israel, Ukraine aid package ahead of Senate vote

    Feb 13, 2024

    House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) preemptively rejected the Senate's $95 billion national security package to aid Israel, Ukraine and other U.S. allies, saying in a statement that the package's failure to address U.S. border security makes it a nonstarter in the House. "In the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters," Johnson said in a statement. "America deserves better than the...

  • Biden and Jordanian king warn about planned Israeli invasion of Rafah

    Feb 13, 2024

    President Biden and Jordan's King Abdullah II, speaking jointly at the White House on Monday, warned against an indiscriminate Israeli invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza, resulting in an event that had not occurred since the Israel-Hamas war began - the president standing alongside an Arab leader to voice reservations about the Israeli onslaught in the Palestinian enclave. "The major military operation in Rafah should not proceed without a credible plan to ensure the safety and support of more...

  • RFK Jr. Super Bowl ad highlights the paradox that is his campaign

    Feb 13, 2024

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s third-party presidential campaign has polled historically well as an abstraction. And a super PAC supporting him spent millions of dollars Sunday on a Super Bowl ad seeking to capitalize on that abstraction. The ad from the super PAC may have been many Americans' introduction to Kennedy's 2024 campaign. And to the extent the ad actually featured content, it was: Did you know he's a Kennedy? The ad borrowed heavily from John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign advertising,...

  • GOP senators defy Trump by advancing foreign aid bill

    Feb 12, 2024

    Donald Trump spent the weekend telling senators they should not pass more unconditional U.S. foreign aid. More than a dozen Republicans ignored him Sunday, moving forward on a bill to send $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The Senate voted 67-27 to advance the foreign aid supplemental spending bill that doesn't include border provisions, moving it another step closer to passage. That still isn't guaranteed, as leaders haven't yet reached an agreement on GOP-demanded border...

  • Trump says he'd disregard NATO treaty, urge Russian attacks on U.S. allies

    Feb 12, 2024

    CONWAY, S.C. - Former president Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on NATO on Saturday, claiming he suggested to a foreign leader that he would encourage Russia to do "whatever the hell they want" to member countries he views as not spending enough on their own defense. "One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, 'Well, sir, if we don't pay and we're attacked by Russia, will you protect us?,'" Trump said during a rally at Coastal Carolina University. "I said, 'You didn't pay....

  • Minnesota's 2024 legislative session will focus on bonding projects, fixes to new laws

    Feb 12, 2024

    The Minnesota Democrats in control at the Capitol will downshift in the 2024 legislative session starting Monday, meaning major policy changes and spending proposals won't fly through the chambers in succession as they did from the outset a year ago. DFL leaders say they will focus on passing a bonding bill and tweaking the details of several major bills from last year, notably legal cannabis and the limits placed on the authority of school resource officers. Leaders from both parties made...

  • Biden angrily pushes back at special counsel's report that questioned his memory, handling of docs

    Feb 9, 2024

    WASHINGTON - A special counsel report released Thursday found evidence that President Joe Biden willfully retained and shared highly classified information when he was a private citizen, including about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, but concluded that criminal charges were not warranted. The report from special counsel Robert Hur resolves a criminal investigation that had shadowed Biden's presidency for the last year. But its bitingly critical assessment of his handling of...

  • The Supreme Court seems poised to reject efforts to kick Trump off the ballot over the Capitol riot

    Feb 9, 2024

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems poised to reject attempts to kick former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot, with conservative and liberal justices in apparent agreement in a case that puts them at the heart of a presidential election. A definitive ruling for Trump, the leading Republican candidate for president, would largely end efforts in Colorado, Maine and elsewhere to prevent his name from appearing on the ballot. The justices could act quickly, possibly by Super Tuesday on...

  • DFL to introduce bill barring police from enforcing federal civil immigration law

    Feb 9, 2024

    ST. PAUL - The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will introduce a bill this session that will prohibit Minnesota's state and local law enforcement officials from acting to enforce federal civil immigration law. "In these uncertain times, bold and decisive action to protect our immigrant communities is necessary," Sen. Omar Fateh, DFL-Minneapolis, said during a Thursday, Feb. 8, press conference at the Minnesota State Capitol. Fateh authored the bill with Rep. Sandra Feist, DFL-New Brighton. The...

  • Trump's presidential bid hangs in the balance in a Supreme Court case that's broken new legal ground

    Feb 8, 2024

    WASHINGTON — The fate of former President Donald Trump's attempt to return to the White House is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. On Thursday, the justices will hear arguments in Trump's appeal of a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that he is not eligible to run again for president because he violated a provision in the 14th Amendment preventing those who ''engaged in insurrection'' from holding office. Many legal observers expect the nation's highest court will reverse the Colorado ruling rather than remove the leading contender for the...

  • Proposed tribal education trust fund faces pressure

    Feb 8, 2024

    A bill proposal to create a tribal education trust fund to support education infrastructure in tribal communities in New Mexico is facing pressure on multiple fronts from stakeholders and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. House Bill 134, introduced by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), would create the tribal education trust fund and distribute 5 percent of the average year-end market values of the trust fund over the last five years to tribal education departments. The bill would create a task force that would determine how the funds would be...

  • DFLers choose St. Paul Sen. Erin Murphy as new majority leader

    Feb 7, 2024

    The 34-member Minnesota Senate DFL caucus chose St. Paul Sen. Erin Murphy as its new majority leader Tuesday, after the unexpected announcement last week by leader Kari Dziedzic that she would step down from the post because of her health. Democrats met behind closed doors for a couple of hours to choose a new leader and then stood together outside the Senate chamber for a brief statement by Murphy. Murphy thanked Dziedzic, who was not there, and noted she remains a leader in the caucus. "She...

  • Push by Rep. Tom Emmer, other House Republicans to impeach U.S. Homeland Security secretary fails

    Feb 7, 2024

    U.S. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, of Minnesota, was among the Republicans who pushed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, saying the secretary's "malfeasance and active neglect has fueled the worst border crisis in our history." The impeachment measure failed on a 214-216 vote, an embarrassing setback for House Republicans trying to punish the Biden administration over its handling of the U.S-Mexico border. As they pushed for impeachment Tuesday, Emmer and...

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