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Washington Bureau Chief | Politics and government
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Patrick Condon is the Star Tribune's Washington bureau chief. He was previously the paper's politics/government team leader, supervising a team of reporters who cover Minnesota politics in St. Paul and Washington. He has worked at the Star Tribune since 2014 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Associated Press.


Condon grew up in Watertown, Minn., and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with degrees in journalism and English. He lives in Minneapolis.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.

In Iowa, Amy Klobuchar looks for room to grow

The state and its presidential caucuses offer high stakes to a candidate banking on her appeal in the Midwest.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, center, had been scheduled to arrive in Israel this weekend and was to visit the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Israel's move to bar Omar, Tlaib from visit draws wide criticism

On Friday, Tlaib said she won't visit her relatives in the West Bank after Israel reversed itself earlier in the day by issuing a permit on humanitarian grounds.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar kicked off a four-day stretch in Iowa with a rural revitalization proposal at an Ankeny, Iowa farm.

Klobuchar launches Iowa swing with rural revitalization proposal

The initiative is intended to help bridge America's urban-rural divide, the senator said.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., during a March hearing on Capitol Hill. Omar plans to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories this month, sparking a pe

Rep. Ilhan Omar's planned visit to Israel causes a stir

At least one Israeli group has petitioned the government to block her visit, according to local reports.
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips visited the border twice in less than two months, following a conversation with U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber about his own visit in

Minnesotans in Congress get troubling look at U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. Reps. Dean Phillips and Pete Stauber described wretched conditions there after visits.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Fox T

Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes aim at Trump: 'I have had it with the racist attacks'

Still polling in the low single digits, the Minnesota senator needed more than ever to make the kind of big impression that produces momentum.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is flanked by several fellow U.S. senators at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Klobuchar's Senate bills steer clear of the partisan divide

But critics say she sticks to bills that are narrowly focused, not controversial.
U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn at a recent town hall meeting at Owatonna Middle School. Six months into a two-year term, Hagedorn has shown no inclination to

6 months in office, Hagedorn sees strength in ties to Trump

The House Republican from southern Minnesota has emerged as a top target for Democrats in 2020, but he isn't shying away from conservative stances.
Rev. Jesse Jackson addresses the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention in Chicago, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

Jesse Jackson: President Trump must stop attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar

Civil rights leader says the president's attacks on the Minnesota Democrat are putting her at risk.
President Donald Trump held up a photo of Rep. Ilhan Omar during a meeting at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, hours before a House vote to c

Minnesotans split along party lines in condemning Trump

The House voted 240-187 to pass a resolution condemning as racist President Trump's tweets and comments aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar as well as three other congresswomen of color.
U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib listened as Rep. Ilhan Omar responded to remarks by President Donald Trump afte

Rep. Ilhan Omar, 3 allies decry Trump attacks as racist, divisive

Trump on Monday renewed his assault on Omar during a formal presentation before dozens of business owners gathered on the South Lawn to celebrate American entrepreneurship.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke during a presidential candidate forum sponsored by AARP and the Des Moines Register, Monday

Klobuchar raises nearly $3.9M, keeping her competitive

The Minnesota Democrat still has to hit the 130,000 unique donors needed to make the September debate.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gestured during the first Democratic primary debate on June 26. Klobuchar’s campaign is working to make sure she reache

Klobuchar scrambles to make cut for key third debate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has taken out a slew of Facebook ads pleading for small-dollar contributions to reach a threshold to qualify for the critical third round of debates in September.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a National Education Association forum in Houston, Texas on July 5, 2019. (AP

Klobuchar calls for labor secretary to quit for role in financier's sex plea

The Democratic presidential candidate says Secretary Alexander Acosta should step down over handling of Florida case against financier Jeffrey Epstein
Rep. Dean Phillips, heir to a fortune, filed for an extension for his financial disclosure form due to the “complexity” of his taxes.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips late in filing disclosure

A spokeswoman said he filed for an extension in April and that filling out his form takes longer "given the complexity of Dean's finances."
Rep. Tom Emmer says the job could help him pass his “Main Street agenda.”

GOP counting on Rep. Tom Emmer to reclaim U.S. House majority

The job as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee has thrust the Delano Republican into the brawling heart of national politics.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to reporters Wednesday after the close of the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami.

Klobuchar made mark in first debate, but was it enough?

She won positive but not effusive reviews from pundits for her Miami performance amid a packed field.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, left, waves to the audience with Sen. Bernie Sanders, right, at a rally to give support for his attorney general bid at

Keith Ellison endorses Bernie Sanders for president — again

State AG chose the Vermont senator over fellow Minnesotan Amy Klobuchar.
‘All foam and no beer’: Sen. Amy Klobuchar took aim at Donald Trump’s failed promise to bring down drug costs.

Trump was focus of Klobuchar's critiques as she looked to break from pack

Sen. Amy Klobuchar had as much to gain in the first Democratic presidential debate as any candidate in the crowded field. Competing with nine other…
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, joined at left by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., announces legislation to cancel all

Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar call for wiping out all student debt

Critics, including Amy Klobuchar, call the plan unrealistic, unaffordable.
Steve Kuhn, a Minnesota native and one-time hedge fund hot shot, has jumped into politics with a goal of increasing legal immigration.

Immigration pushes one-time hedge fund exec into politics

The wealthy Minnesota native has plunged into politics for the first time with a proposal for a new kind of work visa intended to greatly increase legal immigration into the country.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks Wednesday at a U.S. Capitol news conference about her bill to ban school lunch shaming. At left is Valerie Casti

Valerie Castile joins Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sen. Tina Smith for federal ban on school lunch 'shaming'

Legislation would prohibit schools from publicly identifying students with unpaid lunch debts.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, speaks during the Blue Commonwealth Gala, hosted by the Democrat

Sen. Amy Klobuchar sets first 100 days goals

Lengthy proposal from Minnesota Democrat would overturn most of President Donald Trump's orders, policies.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted a town hall with constituents in Northfield, Minn.

Swing district Minnesota Democrats Craig, Phillips wary of impeachment

Activists are pressing to move forward, but Angie Craig, Dean Phillips are undecided.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar delivered her victory speech on Election Night in 2018.

Rep. Ilhan Omar jointly filed tax returns prior to legal marriage

Questions about Omar's complicated marriage and immigration history resurfaced Thursday when a state campaign finance board revealed that she and Ahmed Hirsi filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 — a period when she was legally married to another man.
Rep. Ilhan Omar in New Hope in March.

Minn. board fines Rep. Omar, says she must reimburse campaign

The repayment amount represents what the board determined is the campaign funds used in 2016 and 2017 for purposes not permitted by state law.
U.S. Republican Reps. Pete Stauber, left, and Jim Hagedorn

Trump doesn't have unanimous support from Minnesota's two new GOP congressmen

One is all in on the Trump agenda, while the other has made bipartisan moves.
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar speaks during a roundtable discussion on health car

Meghan McCain asks Klobuchar not to talk about her father on campaign trail

The daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain has asked U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to stop talking about her late father on the presidential campaign trail.The…
“I’m willing to have a conversation and work with anyone to find a compromise,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said. Above, Omar spoke at an iftar dinner on Ca

Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for a reset of American foreign policy

From her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and with a growing international reputation, the former refugee is wading into debates over various global hot spots and controversies.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the Machinists Union Legislative Conference, Tuesday May 7, 2019, in Wash

Klobuchar: Trump 'using immigrants as pawns'

Klobuchar has not yet released her own comprehensive immigration proposal as a presidential candidate.
Rep. Jim Hagedorn, shown in October with President Donald Trump at a Rochester rally, represents a heavily agricultural swath of Minnesota.

Minnesota Republicans in Congress back Trump on China tariffs

Reps. Hagedorn, Emmer, Stauber all say China needs to be reined in.
“It started to feel weird that I wasn’t just saying, ‘Hey, I’m relating to this personally,’ ” said Sen. Tina Smith, about going public

Sen. Tina Smith reveals her own past depression in push for mental health funding

Senator pushing legislation to get mental health services in schools.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Milwaukee that was shown on Fox News.

Klobuchar touts her progressive record at Fox News town hall

The Minnesota Democrat pitched her presidential campaign message on a station whose viewers are not necessarily inclined to support Democrats.
Kelly D. Holstine, Minnesota's most recent Teacher of the Year, at the banquet in 2018 when she received the honor. On Monday, Holstine boycotted a Wh

2018 Minnesota teacher of year boycotts White House visit

Kelly Holstine, Minnesota's 2018 teacher of the year, is one of just two teachers to skip an Oval Office meeting over objections to President Trump's policies, words.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Famous father's drinking shaped Klobuchar's life, politics

A quarter of a century later, fighting to break through in the Democratic presidential contest, Amy Klobuchar has made her father's battle with drinking a central part of the story she's telling voters around the country.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., questions Attorney General William Barr as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee about special counsel Rober

Klobuchar grills Barr on 'pattern' of obstruction

In a subsequent interview Klobuchar stopped short of saying she thinks Trump committed a crime.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House, Friday April 26, 2019, as he leaves Washington headed to Indianapolis to spe

Minn. Democrats in Congress mostly cool to impeachment — for now

Freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar is alone in pressing now for articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup in Washington in March.

Some Democrats return Omar campaign donations

While embattled Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar fends off attacks from President Donald Trump, two fellow Democrats, including a fellow House freshman, have declined political…
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., campaigns in Eau Claire, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to appear in Fox News town hall

Klobuchar is the latest Democrat to agree to a televised sit-down with a network disdained by many Democrats.
President Donald J. Trump speaks at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts and the U.S. economy Monday in B

Trump cites Minnesota economy as he touts tax cuts

Trump recited a number of GOP selling points for the tax cuts, which Democrats opposed for conferring most of its benefits on the wealthy and large corporations.
President Donald Trump welcomed Minnesota then-Congressional candidate for Pete Stauber on stage at an event in June 2018.

Trump returns to Minnesota with eye on 2020 election

Burnsville visit is seen as an opening gambit in fiercely contested bid for the state in 2020.
President Donald Trump listens to South Korean President Moon Jae-in speak during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 11,

Trump will discuss economy, tax cuts at Burnsville business Monday

Trump will appear at Nuss Truck and Equipment on Monday, which is the deadline for filing income taxes.
The new controversy follows a speech Rep. Ilhan Omar delivered on March 23 for the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR.

Rep. Omar faces heat from right over 9/11 remark: 'Some people did something'

Murdoch-owned N.Y. Post takes aim at her on cover.
Minnesota U.S. Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips tasted hotdish entries at the annual culinary competition Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

International flair for the win at congressional delegation hotdish contest

Minnesota lawmakers in Washington cook to bridge the partisan divide.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat, shown in January during a town hall meeting in Burnsville.

Health care fixes scramble political divide in Washington

A bill in Washington to lower insurance premiums has hit an odd GOP wall.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, far left, and U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, third from left, participate in a press conference of House Democrats in November 2018. (

GOP-backed ad hits Rep. Dean Phillips over Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

Washington – A digital ad campaign launched Wednesday by a Republican advocacy group calls on U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips to demand the resignation of…
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at the Heartland Forum held on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lak

Sen. Amy Klobuchar courts Iowans with rural emphasis

Back in Iowa, the Minnesota senator and Democratic presidential candidate is laying out her strategy.
President Donald Trump presented Trevor Oliver, 22, the Medal of Honor for his father, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

Minnesota man accepts Medal of Honor for father killed in Iraq

Father of Trevor Oliver of Coon Rapids was killed shielding fellow soldiers.
Rep. Ilhan Omar listened as nursing assistant Christina Wilson spoke during a press conference on the impacts of the DED cancellation Thursday in New

Can Rep. Ilhan Omar turn page after string of controversies?

Additional controversies could lead to Democratic primary challenge in 2020.
Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Betty McCollum talked in their box at the Fitzgerald Theater before the start of swearing in ceremonies for Governor Ti

Minn. Democrats in Congress want full Mueller report; GOP says move on

Minnesota Republicans: 'Time to move forward for the good' of U.S.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), left, talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during a news conference about the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, ou

Anti-hate resolution passes House after Rep. Omar uproar

The resolution condemning bigotry in many forms is a response to controversy kicked up by Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment about Israel.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats David Trone of Maryland, left, and Andy Levin, of Michigan, right, at a session of the House Educ

House Democrats grapple with fallout from Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks on Israel

Leaders of the House's Democratic majority were forced to delay a planned vote on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Friday, “I know I can push people too hard.”

Klobuchar says she'll 'do better' in treatment of staffers

The Minnesota senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate responds to reports that she is hard on employees.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Sen. Klobuchar says she supports legalization of marijuana

Presidential candidate says "states should have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center, speaks to voters during a campaign stop at the Village Trestle in Goffstown, N.H., on Monday.

Klobuchar woos New Hampshire with message of independence

Sen. Amy Klobuchar brought her message of grit and electability to New Hampshire on Monday, where she has just under a year to make an impression with the state's Democratic voters if her presidential campaign is to grow legs outside the Midwest.
Rep. Ilhan Omar on the day she was sworn into Congress, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Capitol in Washington.

Omar apologizes for causing hurt, hopes to rebuild trust

Rep. Ilhan Omar insisted Friday that she is not anti-Semitic, and that she regrets a tweet that was widely condemned for perpetuating Jewish stereotypes because it undermined her own attempts to foster cultural harmony.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democrat representing Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, walks from her new office in the Longworth House Office Buil

Omar hits back at Trump, saying he has 'trafficked in hate whole life'

Trump said Tuesday that Omar should resign or at least leave her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee after her tweet was decried as anti-Semitic.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., Feb. 12, 2019.

Trump calls Rep. Omar apology 'lame,' says she should resign

Asked by reporters about controversial Omar remarks, Trump says she should either resign Congress or from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar wipes snow from her hair after announcing she is running for president of the United States, at Boom Island Park, Sunday, Feb.

Sen. Klobuchar joins 2020 fray: 'I'm running for every American'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will test her hometown brand on the national stage as she throws her hat into the ring for the 2020 race to be the President of the United States.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar has scheduled an outdoor rally along the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Klobuchar prepares to mix it up with expected presidential bid

The Minnesota senator is widely expected to announce this afternoon that she's running for president in 2020.
If Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins the 2020 race, her proximity to Iowa will be an advantage.

Sen. Klobuchar will announce Sunday if she's running for president

She will make her announcement at a 1 p.m. event at Boom Island Park, across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis.
The dome of the U.S. Capitol at sunset in Washington, Jan. 22, 2019. Another partial government shutdown looms in less than two weeks.

Ban government shutdowns? It's on the table in D.C.

And Minnesota freshmen in Congress are among those trying to end tactic.
Reporters followed Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Eye on possible White House bid, Klobuchar plans D.C. agenda

The Minnesota senator, considering a national campaign, is pushing affordable prescriptions, social media privacy in Congress.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), right, addresses a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport accompanied by c

Rep. Ilhan Omar wants child care reimbursed for federal employees working without pay

As federal shutdown drags on, Minnesota Democrat and colleagues seek to cover child-care costs for unpaid federal workers.
Rep. Betty McCollum checked her phone at the Fitzgerald Theater before the start of swearing in ceremonies for Governor Tim Walz and other constitutio

Well-connected Rep. McCollum quietly accumulates D.C. power

The 12 women and men who chair House Appropriations subcommittees — they're called "Cardinals" around Capitol Hill — have long been seen as among the most powerful members of Congress. Rep. Betty McCollum, whose district encompasses Ramsey County, is now one of them.
Minnesota Rep.-elects Jim Hagedorn and Angie Craig spoke on the House floor before the swearing-in ceremony.

Minnesota's U.S. House newcomers join committees

A lawmaker's committee slots usually dictate their legislative focus.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.,

Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks shutdown in weekly Democratic address

Minnesota senator calls on Trump, McConnell to end shutdown; highlights Minnesota federal employee working without pay.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, walks through the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jan. 17: Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'He is compromised'

The freshman House Democrat from Minnesota tweeted without evidence that Republican South Carolina senator is "compromised." She wrote: "They got to him." She later called her tweet "just an opinion."
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips on the floor of the U.S. House on Jan. 3, 2019.

Rep. Dean Phillips part of Problem Solvers meeting with Trump

The Minnesota Democrat is part of a small bipartisan group of House members that met with President Trump today at the White House to talk about the shutdown.
Attorney General nominee William Barr collects his papers as he departs for a lunch break during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar presses AG nominee on shutdown, Mueller

Minnesota senator ran through litany of issues in brief series of exchanges with President Trump's attorney general choice, William Barr.
Brian Garthwaite, an FDA compliance officer who is currently furloughed and president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3381, h

As shutdown drags on, Minnesota's federal lawmakers hold to party line

Democrats back measures to reopen shuttered agencies, while Republicans back Trump's call for border wall.
Congressman-elect Dean Phillips tried to figure out where some of his Minnesota memorabilia would go in his new congressional office in the Longworth

Minnesota's new U.S. House members chase committee slots

New members usually don't get the plum spots.
Ilhan Omar was one of five new Representatives sworn in on the House floor. Her three children were with her as new Speaker Nancy Pelosi swore them in

5 new Minnesota lawmakers join Congress amid shutdown fight

More than half of Minnesota's members of the U.S. House are new faces.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she's "close to a decision" on whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to decide soon on presidential bid

Minnesota senator hasn't made a final decision but has thoughts on message, political path.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum

McCollum joins congressional trip to Burma, facing humanitarian crisis

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Bangladesh last week with a goal of addressing…
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