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.

Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes

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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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Rudy Giuliani and President Donald Trump in a file photo.

Giuliani: 'Over my dead body' will Mueller interview Trump

With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleased a fresh series of attacks Sunday on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Washin

Scope of investigations into Trump has shaped his presidency

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.
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White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

The White House on Sunday pushed the federal government closer to the brink of a partial shutdown later this week, digging in on its demand for $5 billion to build a border wall as congressional Democrats stood firm against it.
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Democratic gains raise odds for gun control in Minnesota

A shift in the balance of power at the state Capitol has boosted the odds of lawmakers passing bills to reduce gun violence during the upcoming legislative session.
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US Air Force set to launch 1st next-generation GPS satellite

After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.
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Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis.
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Trump says he'll review murder case against ex-Army commando

President Donald Trump says that "at the request of many," he'll be "reviewing" the case of a former U.S. Army commando being charged with murder in a case alleging he hunted down and killed a suspected bombmaker in Afghanistan.

After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate

Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina's lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations.

Georgia's 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

The first woman president of Georgia has been sworn into office amid continued protests from opposition figures who allege her election was tainted.

As Wisconsin's Walker exits, Vos ready to step forward

His voice nearly gone following all-night negotiations, Robin Vos stood on the floor of the Wisconsin Assembly just after sunrise and calmly made the case for legislation aimed at taking power from the incoming Democratic governor.

Kushner-linked firm targets richer areas in program for poor

A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration's Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn't that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize.
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Poultry growers lean heavily on government-backed loans

After 20 years, Mississippi chicken farmer Kevin Kemp is getting out of the chicken business.He raised millions of pounds of chicken since 1996, alongside his…
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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

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

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.
December 15

Loyalty among attributes Mulvaney brings to White House job

Demonstrated loyalty. Political savvy. Personal rapport.
December 15

'The Notorious RBG' draws sold-out audience in New York

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 — in theaters on Christmas Day.
December 15

The Latest: Zinke says 'attacks' led to his resignation

The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local):
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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.

Investigations put Trump's governing agenda on the back burner

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.
December 15
A heart-shaped sign displays the name of Jakelin Amei Rosmey Caal in Raxruha, Guatemala, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The 7-year-old girl died in a Tex

Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from U.S. officials who said she had…
December 15
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.
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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.