Maureen Bausch, executive V.P. for business development at the Mall of America challenged Senator Ann Rest, foreground, on her bill to impose a clothing sales tax during a meeting of the Senate tax committee. On the right is Rochelle Westlund of the Minnesota Retailers Association who also opposes the bill. Bausch said a considerable amount of the malls business comes from out of state people looking to avoid the tax.
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.