Along with political matters, census data is used to calculate federal spending on infrastructure, school lunches and many other programs. The state c

With political clout on the line, Minnesota prepares for 2020 census

The result will determine whether the state will lose one of its eight U.S. House seats, which would dilute its clout on Capitol Hill and role in presidential elections.

Judge's ruling renews debate across U.S. over health care law

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President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 2
Democrats vow to defend Affordable Care Act while Republicans could try for a new deal.

Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites 'vicious' attacks

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks after an order withdrawing federal protections for many waterways and wetlands was signed, at EPA headquar
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unlikely national rock star. But "The Notorious RBG" is now the subject of a second film about her this year.
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FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows website on a computer screen in New York. A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law

Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.
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Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

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Loyalty, rapport: Why Trump chose Mulvaney as chief of staff

Demonstrated loyalty. Political savvy. Personal rapport.

Almost every part of Trump's life is under investigation

Investigations now entangle Donald Trump's White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination.

Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica

A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra was ordered this week to rebuild it exactly as it was.
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Despite ACA ruling, nothing changes for Minnesota

With the ruling likely to be appealed, it will likely take months for it to go through the court process.

O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

Rep. Beto O'Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in West Texas on Saturday where they said that 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day.
Carlos Rigoberto Caal Cux, 23, reads a newspaper article about his cousin, Jakelin Amei Rosmey Caal in Raxruha, Guatemala, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through mud and surrounded by coconut trees.
Expecting challenges from newly elected Democrats, President Donald Trump faces what’s likely to be a difficult year.

Trump is increasingly isolated as he enters challenging time in presidency

Analysis: Senate rebukes and struggles to find a chief of staff underscore the precariousness of Trump's position.

Thousands of teachers march in Los Angeles as strike looms

Thousands of teachers who may go on strike against the nation's second-largest school district next month marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Latest: Migrant girl's family disputes officials' story

The Latest on the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl picked up along the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local):
Marathon, the nation’s largest oil refiner, has backed the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back car efficiency standards.

Oil industry waged covert campaign to rewrite car emissions rules

Industry secretly pushed for Trump's rollback of stricter regulations on cars.
British Prime Minister Theresa May attended a European Union summit to discuss the Brexit plan last week in Brussels.

Could voters face a second referendum on Brexit?

Analysis: As chaotic negotiations stall, that option looks more likely.

The Latest: Zinke blames 'vicious' attacks for departure

The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local):
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Report: Federal Air Marshal Service curtailing surveillance

The Federal Air Marshal Service says it's curtailing a domestic surveillance program that's been accused of spying on thousands of unwitting passengers who are not suspected of a crime or appear on a terror watch list.
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FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Special counsel is sending signals he may be winding down

The special counsel's sentencing timeline, to some legal experts, suggests that the accounts of cooperating witnesses will appear in a written report, not in court.
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Minnesota election saw surge in American Indian voters, candidates

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Trump visits Arlington cemetery for holiday commemoration

President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday for a holiday commemoration.

Congress passes juvenile-justice bill

It culminates a lengthy bipartisan effort to provide more federal oversight of how young people are treated in their first interactions with the system.