Sen. Tina Smith, shown in January.

Sen. Tina Smith touts Planned Parenthood past in taking on Trump plan

Smith and Sen. Patty Murray denounced the proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal family planning money.

Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

President Donald Trump waved after speaking with first responders after a roundtable event on immigration policy at Morrelly Homeland Security Center
Republican and Democratic lawmakers huddled Thursday in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump's campaign.

Legislature pushes Fort Snelling affordable housing, at $600K per unit

The Fort Snelling barracks photographed on May 24,, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. An item tucked into the Legislature's bonding bill would hasten the conve
Beat-the-clock bill has funds for pricey-to-build, affordable-to-rent units.
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The Latest: Japan says it understands Trump's caution

The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local):
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Discharged and jobless: Veterans seek change in hiring rules

Military veterans who were discharged for relatively minor offenses say they often can't get jobs, and they hope a recent warning to employers by the state of Connecticut will change that.
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Hillary Clinton to be honored with medal from Harvard

Hillary Clinton is receiving a medal from Harvard University for her leadership and human rights work.
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Rose McGowan on Weinstein: 'One win is a win for all of us'

She was one of the earliest Harvey Weinstein accusers, and she thought the mogul might never face justice in a court of law.
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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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Asian shares lower as NKorea cancellation adds uncertainty

Asian stock indexes were mostly lower Friday as investors factored in fresh geopolitical uncertainty following the abrupt cancellation of a meeting between the U.S. and North Korean leaders.
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Cities would have greater powers to challenge the Metropolitan Council’s regional plans under measures tucked into the bonding bill.

Insert in bonding bill erodes Met Council planning power

Last-minute measures in bonding bill would give cities more powers.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just after President Donald Trump canceled the June 12 su

Trump's gamble on North Korea hits reality check

President Donald Trump attempted a revolutionary approach to North Korea — a gamble that negotiating prowess and deal-making charm in a meeting with Kim Jong…

Shooting survivors share their stories with Texas governor

Survivors of last week's shooting at a high school near Houston told gripping stories of dodging bullets, hiding from the attacker and seeing classmates get shot as they pleaded with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday for more armed security to keep campuses safe.
President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," in the Roosevelt Ro

After Trump cancels summit, N. Korea still open to talks

President blamed "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang — a decision North Korea called "regrettable" while still holding out hope for "peace and stability."

Trump fundraiser adds cyber security firm to Qatar lawsuit

A fundraiser for President Donald Trump who launched a lawsuit against Qatar accusing the Gulf country of hacking his emails updated the filing Thursday to target a cybersecurity firm and two of its executives.

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.

The Latest: House lawyer chastises attorney for Greitens

The Latest on the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

Death sentence overturned for intellectually disabled man

A man who has been on California's death row for more than three decades can't be executed because he's intellectually disabled, the state's highest court ruled Thursday.

NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.

Twin Metals wants to build mine processor closer to BWCA

Pending approval, 100-acre facility would rise on edge of Birch Lake.

FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

Allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have been shared with federal authorities by a private attorney and a key lawmaker, according to testimony Thursday during a legislative hearing.
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Judge set to order proper meals for Muslim inmates in Alaska

A judge plans to issue an order Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan.
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Officials with Wayside Recovery Center, which operates two drug treatment centers in the Twin Cities, said they would double their number of beds if t

Minn. seeks expanded Medicaid dollars for drug treatment

It would help make services available to more low-income people who have been disproportionately affected by the escalating opioid epidemic.

California court: Defendants get crack at some social media

Facebook and other social media companies can be compelled to give criminal defendants preparing for trial user content that is already public, California's highest court ruled Thursday.
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Dakota County District Judge Erica MacDonald to be the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota.

Senate confirms Dakota County judge as Minnesota's new U.S. attorney

President Trump nominated Erica MacDonald to replace Andrew Luger last month.