U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Pipeline pique complicates Heitkamp's 2nd term Senate hopes in N.D.

Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun went door to door on North Dakota's largest American Indian reservations in 2012 turning out the tribal vote to help put Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate. Six years later, with Heitkamp fighting hard to win a second term, Hunte-Beaubrun is staying on the sidelines.

Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

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President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. His message to lawmakers in both parties: Get your act together before the next budget lands on my desk.

Civil Rights Historians tell little known story of WWII vet

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The brutality inflicted against decorated African-American World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodard by a Southern police chief is credited with inspiring President Harry Truman to integrate the military in 1948, but few people know Woodward's name.
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Man held in Venezuela for 2 years is welcomed home by Trump

Joshua Holt, a Utah man who traveled to Venezuela in 2016 to marry a woman he met online but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, has been set free by the anti-American Maduro government.
As the polls were about to open for the day at the Brian Coyle Center an election worker who wished to not be identified walked to place a flag outsid
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Who's in and who's out, and where are the campaign dollars going?
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The Latest: White House says Venezuela policy not changing

The Latest on the release of a Utah man, Joshua Holt, who has been held in Venezuela (all times local):
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The Latest: US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto

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More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Where the Minnesota governor candidates stood on total fundraising as of their 1Q 2018 filings.
Campaign Finance: Governor In governor's race, Walz leads fundraising with Pawlenty close behind
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Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has quickly eclipsed the rest of the Republican field in the race for governor. The crowded fundraising field is led by Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz.
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Backchannel, 'Dracula' help free Utah man in Venezuela

A secret backchannel led by a veteran Republican Senate staffer and a flamboyant Venezuelan official nicknamed "Dracula" broke through hostile relations between the two governments to secure the release of American prisoner Joshua Holt, who traveled to the South American country for love and ended up in jail, without a trial, for two years.
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Joshua Holt, who was recently released from a prison in Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House, Sat

Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday, saying he was "overwhelmed with gratitude."
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May 26

Backchannel with 'Dracula' helped free Utah man in Venezuela

A secret backchannel led by a veteran Republican Senate staffer and a flamboyant Venezuelan official nicknamed "Dracula" broke through hostile relations between the two governments to secure the release of American prisoner Joshua Holt, who traveled to the South American country for love and ended up in jail, without a trial, for two years.
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May 26

Dunford urges West Point graduates to embrace change

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday to "embrace the constant changes" facing the military as the best route to success.
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Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he made good on a vow to veto the Republican tax and omnibus budget bills.

Dozens of smaller bills survived Dayton's veto pen

Rape survivors, hotel staff, athletic trainers and motorcyclists are among the Minnesotans who will be affected by this legislative session. Although Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed…
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Jeff Johnson, left, is the favorite to be endorsed for governor at the Republican convention, which former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, right, is skipping and t

State party conventions feature hotly contested race for governor

Across the state, activists and candidates gear up for the endorsing ritual.
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May 26

Trump's 'phony' source turns out to be White House official

President Donald Trump accused The New York Times on Saturday of inventing a source for a story who, in fact, was a White House official conducting a briefing for reporters under the condition that the official not be named.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, shake hands before their meeting at the northern side of the Pan

Analysis: North Korea may need, not just want, a deal

Kim Jong Un's apparent willingness to continue diplomatic efforts suggests that he is under pressure to satisfy rising expectations for economic gains.
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May 26

Court: Gov't violated privacy law for defrauded students

A federal court has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain.
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May 26

The Latest: Alabama declares emergency ahead of Alberto

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Meeting draws people angry over fatal police shooting

More than 200 people turned out for a community meeting Saturday to protest the death of a young black man who was fatally shot by a Virginia police officer after he ran naked onto an interstate highway.
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May 26

The Latest: Family: Police need to handle people better

The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a naked and unarmed man in Richmond (all times local):
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Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the GOP tax bill at Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul to send a message on school aid.

How will legislative session's ugly end play in November?

Who will take the blame? How will voters react? Will it matter much?
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May 26

Former Connecticut governor is released from federal custody

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has been released from federal custody nearly a year early from his 30-month sentence for hiding his political consulting roles in two campaigns.
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May 26

Former President Bush attends Maine pancake breakfast

Former President George H.W. Bush is getting out and meeting veterans in the Maine community where he spends the summers.
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May 26

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on border stats _ and a Merkel mystery

Illegal border crossings, as President Donald Trump measures them, have gone up since he took office, even as he speaks to audiences about a drop of more than 40 percent.