Obama's South Dakota visit makes it 50 states

Obama's South Dakota visit makes it 50 states

President Richard Nixon did it in less than three years. President George H.W. Bush completed it in one term. President Barack Obama has now matched their feat by visiting South Dakota, his 50th state, on Friday.

US: Work permits issued after immigration action delayed

May 8
The U.S. government says it "erroneously" awarded three-year work permits to 2,000 people under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a judge had put the plan on hold.

Jeb Bush to jab Obama administration on religious freedom

May 8
Facing nagging questions about his conservative credentials, Republican White House prospect Jeb Bush will praise the power of "the Christian conscience in action" in a commencement speech at a prominent Christian university on Saturday, jabbing President Barack Obama's administration for being "small-minded and intolerant" on issues of religious freedom.
May 27

Ag summit in St. Paul focuses on women's leadership opportunities

Speakers at the event hosted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar called for more women to consider careers in the industry.
May 27
Rep. Collin Peterson and Sen. Amy Klobuchar in October.

Minnesota reaction mixed to EPA rule widening clean water protections

EPA says its goal is to stem downstream pollution.
May 26

Supreme Court agrees to hear redistricting case based on voters, not population

The decision could affect the political power of Latinos, especially in large states such as Texas, California and Florida.
May 26

Presidential campaign announcement mania ahead

Presidential announcement mania is coming. Look fast or you’ll miss it. Five more candidates — four Republicans and one Democrat — are expected to formally…
May 23

Iraq war issues plague 2016 presidential hopefuls

Analysis: Candidates want to be tough without coming off as belligerent.
May 23

Minnesota senators remain opposed to 'fast-track' authority for Obama

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken maintained their objection to the bill to give President Obama "fast track" trade negotiating authority before and after…
May 22

Obama says Israel should live up to its founding ideals

President Obama made an impassioned appeal to American Jews on Friday, arguing that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an…
May 22

Minnesotans enjoying low gas prices – on crumbly roads, bridges

Lawmakers can’t reach a deal to fund repairs, and taxpayers seem happy to keep paying less.
May 22

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Foes say regulation will stifle economic growth.
May 22

First batch of Clinton e-mails reveals little

Messages did not contain new revelations about Benghazi terrorist attack.
May 22
Michele Bachmann

Iowa Straw Poll loses its relevance

Analysis: Mike Huckabee’s decision not to compete seems to be the nail in the coffin.
May 21

Sweeping trade bill passes key Senate vote

Klobuchar, Franken continue to oppose the measure; measure to stop debate and allow a final vote passes 62-38
May 21

NSA may need to begin winding down surveillance program this week

Shutdown to begin Friday if Congress doesn’t act.
May 20

U.S. House ag panel votes to repeal beef, pork, poultry labeling rules

The U.S. requirement to disclose country of origin ran afoul of the World Trade Organization.
May 20

Experts say railway funding key to safety record

By a global standard, U.S. hasn’t been paying much.
May 20

Indictment hangs over Rick Perry's head as he prepares for presidential run

Ex-Texas governor faces charges of abuse of power.
May 20

Obama casts climate change as 'immediate risk'

He made his case at Coast Guard Academy.
May 20

U.S. military charge cards used at strip clubs, casinos thousands of times

Government struggling to stop misuse, report said.
May 17
Gov. Mark Dayton attends the groundbreaking of the planned Hmong Lao Veterans Memorial Statue near the Capitol on Saturday.

Gov. Dayton threatens to veto budget over early education

Budget deal hinges on Dayton's insistence on securing $173 million for a scaled-down version of his top priority, universal access to preschool for all the state’s 4-year-olds.
May 16

Minnesota's two Democrats of different stripes bond over turkey hunting

  WASHINGTON – Minnesota’s most conservative Democrat caught up with Minnesota’s most liberal Democrat last weekend to get to know each other better. They…
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