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No deal to end shutdown; Trump says 'could be a long time'

WASHINGTON - No one budged at President Donald Trump's closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico....

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to decide soon on presidential bid

WASHINGTON – Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Wednesday that she is "getting close to a decision" about running for president in 2020, as other prominent Democrats begin to jump in the race to challenge President Donald Trump next year. "I'm continuing to talk to people about...

 

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Calls Donald Trump 'the Worst President We've Ever Had'

As he faces a serious health crisis, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has spoken out against President Trump, calling him the “worst president” and “amoral” in a new interview. Reid, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer and retired from the Senate in 2017, did not mince words about his view on Trump...

 

Donald Trump Will Resign the Presidency in 2019 in Exchange for Immunity for Him and His Family, Former Bush Adviser Says

Alan J. Steinberg—who served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush—wrote in an opinion piece published this week that he didn't believe President Donald Trump would be removed from office through impeachment. Steinberg, a former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator, said that he...

 

Congress leaders invited to White House for border briefing

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday invited congressional leaders to a White House briefing on border security as the partial government shutdown dragged on over funding for a border wall, with Trump tweeting, "Let's make a deal?" The briefing will happen at...

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will seek the presidency in 2020

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sen. Elizabeth Warren jumped into the 2020 presidential campaign Monday, offering a message of economic populism as she became the best-known Democratic candidate yet to enter what is expected to be a crowded race. Warren’s announcement that she was establishing an exploratory committee — the...

 

Trump's promise of a wall may not be fulfilled as advertised

WASHINGTON — Three confidantes of President Donald Trump, including his departing chief of staff, are indicating that the president's signature campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would not be fulfilled as advertised. Trump sparked fervent chants of "Build that wall!" at rallies before and...

 

Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The television is on. The phone is never far away. And President Trump is repeatedly calling allies such as members of Congress and conservative radio hosts, telling them privately that he will not give in on his demand for funding for a border wall. What the president who campaigned on his ability to...

 

Congress punts shutdown into new year, when Democrats will retake the House

Congress effectively gave up Thursday on breaking the impasse over President Trump’s demands for border-wall funding, all but ensuring that the partial government shutdown will stretch into at least the start of the new year, when Democrats retake control of the House. Trump retreated from public view, hurling...

 

Minnesota's minimum wage goes up on Jan. 1

About 219,000 Minnesotans earning minimum wage will see a slight boost in their paychecks as the new year begins, one of the state regulations and laws taking effect at the start of 2019. New laws will affect a range of Minnesotans: potential identity theft victims, firefighters with post-traumatic stress disorder,...

 

Board member in Md. asked to resign, as new county leader seeks change

Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks this month sought the resignation of a school board member appointed by her predecessor, in another sign of efforts to chart a new course for the Maryland school system. Donna L. Wiseman, a former dean of the University of Maryland’s education school, was...

 

Trump signals no end to shutdown: 'You have to have a wall'

WASHINGTON - A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money that threatens to carry over into January. Trump...

 

Trump's coalition cracking over his policies and personality

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Jill Mott doesn't like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a long, deep sigh. "That is the question," said Mott, a Republican from suburban Detroit. http://www.sta...

 

Navajo Nation President-elect Nez Working for Smooth Transition

WINDOW ROCK — The number of résumés received by the Nez-Lizer administration-elect has doubled in the past two weeks and it is still not too late to submit applications. “We are getting a lot of inquiries, but everyone still has the opportunity to turn in their letters of interest and résumé,” said...

 

Congress sets up showdown over border wall, federal shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funds hurled the federal government closer to a shutdown as House Republicans approved a package Thursday with his $5.7 billion request that is almost certain to be rejected by the Senate. The White House said Trump will not travel to Florida on Friday for...

 

Gov. Dayton's administration approves raising caps on local officials' pay

Outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is clearing the way to boost pay for nearly two dozen local government administrators in one of his final acts in office. The administration decided to allow thousands of dollars in raises for 22 positions, from the Rochester city administrator, to top county officials to...

 

Ranking Member Peterson's Statement on the Signing of the 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (December 20, 2018) – Following President Donald Trump’s signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson released the following statement: “I am happy to see President Trump sign the farm bill into law today, especially considering the...

 

Arizona teachers who talk politics will be fired if new bill passes

A state lawmaker wants to send teachers a message: If they bring politics into the classroom, they're risking their jobs. Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, has introduced the first education bill of the 2019 legislative session.House Bill 2002 would direct the State Board of Education to devise a code of ethics for...

 

Tribal Council Agrees To Reduced Pay

As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits a legislative decision on Capitol Hill, three members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council have decided to no longer accept salaries, but to volunteer their time. Vice chairman Jessie (Little Doe) Baird and council members Winona Pocknett and Yvonee Avant decided to relinquish...

 

Mueller appears to be close to bringing a charge against Roger Stone

WASHINGTON – Special counsel Robert Mueller asked the House Intelligence Committee on Friday for an official transcript of Trump adviser Roger Stone’s testimony, according to people familiar with the request, a sign that prosecutors could be moving to charge him with a crime. It is the first time Mueller has...

 

New population estimates a positive sign for Minnesota's political clout

Strong population growth in the last two years makes it more likely that Minnesota will retain its eight U.S. House seats after the 2020 census. But U.S. Census Bureau estimates of state populations released Wednesday show that the state is still at risk of losing a representative in Washington because other states...

 

Gov.-elect Tim Walz picks first five state agency commissioners

The five cabinet members Gov.-elect Tim Walz announced Tuesday in his first round of hires bring experience with state agencies, the previous administration, the Legislature and local government. Former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher will lead the...

 

Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appeared to be pulling back Tuesday from a government shutdown over his $5 billion request for border wall funds, with the first signs of movement toward a possible end to the standoff. The White House set the tone early when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee...

 

Dayton's 8 years as governor: sharp elbows, balanced budgets

This is the first of a two-part look back at Mark Dayton's life and political career. Part two will look at Dayton's early years, before he made it to the governor's office. Mark Dayton is trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/12/18/mark-dayton-mi...

 

Representative-Elect Debra Lekanoff receives House committee assignments

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Committee assignments for the upcoming Washington State legislative session were announced by the House Democratic Caucus. Representative Elect Debra Lekanoff was appointed Vice Chair of the Environmental and Energy Committee. “I am honored to represent the values of the 40th LD in...

 

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