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Sen. Al Franken, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to his left, concludes his remarks on Capitol Hill during the confirmation hearing for Attorney General Jeff

Franken says Sessions must resign if he lied under oath

Questions by Minnesota's Franken during confirmation hearing resurface and now have Sessions under scrutiny
Thomas Perez, the former labor secretary, hugged Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting in Atlanta on S

Rep. Keith Ellison to stay in Congress after loss in DNC race

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez beat U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in a closely fought race to lead the Democratic Party as it tries to figure out how to take on GOP President Trump.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, right, a candidate for the Democratic National Committee chair hugs U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, MN-5, also a

Rep. Keith Ellison courts last-minute support ahead of DNC vote

The Minnesota Democratic congressman is putting his career on the line in the race for party chairman this weekend.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke while Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, gave testimony during

Klobuchar seeks open inquiry on Trump's possible Russia ties

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is diving into the boiling controversy over Russia and President Donald Trump, vowing to leverage what she said are strong alliances with her Republican colleagues to push for an independent investigation.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen

Paulsen, emboldened by GOP rule but skeptical of Trump, targets tax reform

Minnesota companies fighting border tax plan that Paulsen supports; he hopes for 'win-win'
Tom Melton answered calls at Sen. Al Franken’s St. Paul office on Tuesday. Calls have spiked since Trump’s inauguration.

Minnesotans flooding Congress with calls as Trump makes waves

Trump's executive orders and Cabinet nominations have brought a flood of new contact with Minnesota's members of Congress
President Donald Trump holds a figurine given to him during a meeting with a group of sheriffs, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, F

Stanek praises Trump after White House meeting: 'It was what can he do for us'

Hennepin County sheriff, now leading national group, talks opioids and immigration with Trump at White House
The water cleanup effort underway on the St. Louis River may have to stop immediately with loss of federal funding.

Minnesota consequences expected in Trump's freeze of environmental cleanup funds

Halt to federal funds could affect cleanup of contaminated sites, air quality control.
Demonstrators gathered Saturday on the National Mall during the Women's March on Washington.

Immense crowds in Washington, elsewhere protest Trump over women's rights

Millions rally in historic protests against Trump.
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, a candidate for the Democratic National Committee chair, spoke alongside other candidates for the DNC chair at a pa

As Rep. Keith Ellison seeks new role, potential successors swarm

The possibility of an open Fifth Congressional District seat is bringing all kinds of DFLers out as potential replacements for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison if…
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, shown at last year's state GOP convention, brought his whole family to the swearing-in ceremonies for the new administration on t

Minnesotans in Congress split by party in reaction to Trump speech

Minn. Republicans in DC strike upbeat note, but Democrats hear little to like from Trump
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver. Ellison, who is currently runni FILE - In t

Ellison says he's got what it takes to turn Democratic Party around

In D.C. debate before leaders, Minnesota congressman touts his organizing track record.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. questions Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on Capitol Hill in Washin

Franken's role in Trump's Washington is a work in progress

Senator says he'll take life with Trump, GOP majority "one day at a time."
Keynote speaker U.S. Representative Tim Walz addressed the crowd during the dedication of the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn., on Sunday, Ma

Rep. Walz, poised for top VA post, prepares to fight privatization of care

Top Democratic spot may bring conflict with GOP on privatizing veterans' care.
Rep. John Kline is wrapping up 39 years of public service and looking forward to using his pop-up camper.

Outgoing Rep. John Kline reflects on retirement, how D.C. has changed

WASHINGTON – Outgoing Republican Rep. John Kline gives up his seat in three days when incoming Republican Jason Lewis gets sworn in on Capitol…
The campaign for Jason Lewis for Congress was in high gear on Nov. 5 in Burnsville.

Jason Lewis goes to Washington — and now has to govern

Lewis faces the biggest test of his political career as he must rapidly transition from radio provocateur into a full-time member of Congress.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J.

Klobuchar will run for third Senate term, not for governor

In an interview with the Star Tribune, Amy Klobuchar acknowledged that many DFLers asked her to run for governor instead of Senate re-election. But she said it's not the right time to walk away from Washington.
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, shown in Cuba in 2015, is the lead Democrat on the trade embargo bill in the U.S. Senate.

Klobuchar, Emmer urge Trump to keep Obama's Cuba policies

The Minnesotans are among congressional leaders hoping to forestall a reversal of progress in U.S.-Cuban relations over the last two years.
Rep. Keith Ellison was re-elected in November to his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Keith Ellison: I will resign my seat if I win DNC chair

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will vacate his congressional seat if he wins the chairman job at the Democratic National Committee, and he conceded that a full-time chair is what the party wanted after the losses of the 2016 elections.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, center, D-Minn., listens with Jamie Harrison, back, chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, as Ray Buckley, chair of th

Keith Ellison opens the door to leaving House for DNC post

Speaking in Denver to state Democratic Party chairs, Ellison said the DNC job is more important than his seat in Congress, though he continued to insist that he could do both.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., shown at the Democratic National Convention in July, believes he can reunite the splintered party.

Reeling Democrats ponder if Rep. Ellison is right pick to lead

The Fifth District congressman says economic populism belongs at core of party's message. But his campaign is facing stiff resistance, including from the White House.
Minnesota native Kevin McLaughlin sits in his office on Capitol Hill after presiding over the Senate Republican's campaign arm in the last cycle.

Minnesota native celebrates GOP job well done

Kevin McLaughlin, deputy executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, essentially had one charge: Keep the upper chamber in Republican hands.
Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison introduced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders before he spoke at Northrop Auditorium Tuesday afternoon. ] JEFF WHEELER Ô

Ellison launches bid to run the national Democratic Party

Minneapolis Democrat says turnout is key going forward.
Ellison

Ellison in the running to head up the DNC

He's expected to decide Monday whether or not to seek the chairmanship.
Rep. Rick Nolan, left, D-Minn., is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, a race pro

Rick Nolan wins again over Stewart Mills in tight, expensive Minn. Eighth District race

The battle for Minnesota's northeastern congressional district could come down to mere thousands of votes in what is expected to be among the state's closest U.S. House races.
Hillary Clinton, accompanied by LeBron James, took the stage in Cleveland Sunday, while Donald Trump made a brief stop at the Sun Country hangar at Mi

Trump takes swipe at Somali 'problems' in Minnesota rally; Clinton backers go door to door

In the critical final 100 hours of the campaign, thousands turned out to hear Trump at the airport as Clinton campaigned in Ohio and supporters in Minnesota got a boost from Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum.
Rep. Rick Nolan, left, D-Minn., is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, a race pro

Mills, Nolan battle to win over anxious DFLers in state's tightest race for Congress

New economy tests party loyalties in 8th District.
Gus Walz, 9, played a video game and sat with his dad, Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, before a big political event in June. Walz was running strong in the

Affordable Care Act takes center stage in Walz-Hagedorn battle for Congress

Rep. Tim Walz would revisit it, while challenger Jim Hagedorn would repeal it.
In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C.

2016 Minnesota Poll: 54% say Clinton not truthful about her e-mail

A majority in the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll also say recent leaks of her paid speeches and hacked e-mails are damaging to her presidential bid.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has warned for weeks of a "rigged" election, telling his supports to watch out for large-scale voter fr

Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump's 'rigged' election claims

Statewide, 47 percent of those polled think Trump was wrong to question the legitimacy of the U.S. election system, and the divide is widened by geography.
Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers a stump speech to her supporters during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on

A few Trump die-hards, but many in GOP deplore remarks

WASHINGTON – It seems that GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has very few comrades among Republicans in Minnesota. Two weeks after a 2005…
Rep. Rick Nolan, left, D-Minn., is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, a race pro

Outside cash floods rematch of Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills

The intense spending highlights that both sides believe the northern Minnesota district is winnable and could become critical in the battle for U.S. House control.
State Sen. Terri Bonoff

Obama endorses Paulsen challenger Terri Bonoff in new video

Obama says they need more people like the Minnetonka DFLer in Congress
Hillary Clinton with Sen. Al Franken in Minesota in 2014 as she stumped for Democratic candidates in the state.

Hillary Clinton, Al Franken build political alliance

The former "Saturday Night Live" star has visited nine states this year in an all-out effort to help Clinton get elected, raising money and campaigning in places like New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Los Angeles.
President Obama walks with personal aide Joe Paulsen, a Minnesota native who has been with Obama since the 2007 presidential campaign in Iowa.

Meet Obama's 'body man' and golf partner – Minnesotan Joe Paulsen

President Obama has a guy who pierces the stressful bubble he inhabits every day. He's constantly at the president's side quietly doing whatever is needed: write a few remarks, lighten the mood with a baseball update or even play a round of golf on the weekend.
The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, which closed in Sept. 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J., July 14, 2014. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 in

Minnesota GOP officials, donors torn over Trump tax returns

Some admonish him for not releasing returns, but others call it a nonissue.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, left, and Sen. Al Franken.

Franken, Klobuchar to vote to override Obama veto on terrorism lawsuits

Klobuchar, Franken plan to join veto override on Saudi bill.

Eighth District candidates Nolan and Mills clash over ... everything

Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and GOP challenger Stewart Mills engaged in a spirited debate Monday in Duluth over health care, energy, higher-education reform and…
While nationwide polls are tight, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 6 points in the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

Minnesota Poll: Clinton keeps lead, but Trump makes gains

Minnesota Poll: She holds a commanding margin in Twin Cities; he has the edge in outlying suburbs and outstate.
Rep. Keith Ellison

One upset mother inspires Ellison's campus gun measure

WASHINGTON – Usually, an individual person does not inspire a member of Congress to propose federal legislation. But when Marti Priest called the office…
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, file photo, an American flag flies over Capitol Hill in Washington, as lawmakers return from a 7-week break.

Hockey players, family members lobby Congress on issue of head injuries

Former players seek research, protections and NHL recognition of links between sports and brain injury.
Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan, left, is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District. Both m

On the Iron Range, Rick Nolan battles Stewart Mills – and Trump

Stung by the loss of blue-collar jobs, Nolan's northern Minnesota congressional district is a hotbed of Trump support, even among some Democrats.
Abdirahman Abdullahi experiences many firsts, including learning how to navigate Twin Cities public transportation, as he and his family resettled in

Minnesota among top states for refugee resettlement

Among the more than 2,000 who made homes in Minnesota in fiscal 2016, almost 1,100 were Somalis, with 25 from Syria.
While other Republicans circle cautiously around Trump, Rep. Tom Emmer warmly backs him.

Emmer embraces Trump as other Republicans are being cautious

The first-term Minnesota congressman is among the few to openly support Trump, highlighting the anxiety many in Congress are feeling.
Lobbyist and former U.S. Rep Vin Weber described his work as “anti-Russian.”

Aug. 25, 2016: Vin Weber linked to Manafort's Ukrainian lobbying effort

The former Minnesota Republican faces uncertainty as to whether he will be part of any federal inquiry into the lobbying.
Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar appeared together in St. Paul in 2014.

Minnesotans give top marks to Sens. Klobuchar, Franken

Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar both rank in the top 10 most popular senators in the high chamber, according to a poll by Morning Consult.
TSA personnel moved passengers through the security line at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Bl

MAC officials to Congress: We're worried about security lines

With increased passenger traffic and a short supply of security screeners, stress levels are climbing.
Erik Paulsen, shown as a candidate in 2012, said he understands the frustration expressed by Donald Trump supporters in his district.

Could Trump upend Paulsen, other suburban Republicans?

Donald Trump's surging candidacy is causing angst in many GOP congressional districts as the brash billionaire's rhetoric risks alienating affluent conservative suburban voters.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar called it ‘unprecedented’

Klobuchar, Franken beseech Republicans to allow Supreme Court vote

Panel of scholars calls holdup unconscionable.
President Obama met with leaders during a meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House on Monday.

Obama pledges aggressive enforcement of steel rules

Dayton asked president for help as Iron Range hardship continues.
Republican Rep. Tom Emmer said trip to Havana last year dramatically reshaped his perspective on Cuba under communist rule.

Emmer lobbies U.S. Cuban community to end embargo

Republican works to lift embargo in visit to Florida, heart of U.S. Cuban community.
Police and the Plymouth Fire Department blocked off and investigated the intersection of Northwest Blvd. and Rockford Road in Plymouth near the site o

Minnesota congressional candidates balance sentiments over Islam

Anti-Muslim fears add new tension in national races.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter in January asking the Army to allow the remaining WASPs — there are only about 100

Faribault female WWII pilot pushes for access to Arlington

WASHINGTON – For 96-year-old Betty Wall Strohfus, the barrier to Arlington National Cemetery represents just one more battle in her lifetime push for gender…

Dayton, senators seek to save nonstop Japan flight

Governor, two senators stressed importance of nonstop flight to state's economy.
Kimberly Graves

Judge halts demotion of embattled St. Paul Veterans Affairs official

Embattled administrator likely to keep St. Paul post after appeal of reassignment to Arizona.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Minnesotan Scandinavians irked as Ted Cruz blocks ambassador nominees

Norway has been without an ambassador for more than 800 days and Sweden tops 400 days without a U.S. representative.
Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton at respective Minnesota campaign stops.

Rubio, Clinton favored in Star Tribune poll of Minnesotans

Hillary Clinton has a 34-point lead over Bernie Sanders, but she faces challenges from two top Republicans for Minnesotans' support in the general election.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, seen at Sunday’s debate in South Carolina, has praised Minnesota’s student debt relief plan.

Clinton praises Minnesota's student loan refinancing program

Democratic presidential candidate is touting her own student debt plan.
Republican Rep. Tom Emmer said trip to Havana last year dramatically reshaped his perspective on Cuba under communist rule.

In GOP, Emmer takes the lead on Cuba

Minnesota Republican says trade embargo should end.
A tear rolled down President Obama's face as he paused in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, while he spoke about

Minnesota response to Obama's gun moves follows party lines

The president's executive orders also were met by a muted response from many in the Twin Cities gun industry and advocates who said it differed little from existing law.
The west front of the U.S. Capitol is seen under repair Sept. 2, 2015 in Washington. In the waning days before the Christmas recess, both chambers of

Minn. medical device firms spent millions to get tax to go away

State's medical device firms see tax suspension as a win.
Andrew Virden and Artiste Mayfield talked one on one with potential voters as they canvassed north Minneapolis.

Rep. Keith Ellison hones new voter-turnout strategy for Democrats

Democrats around the country have high hopes the new effort will lead to more victories in nonpresidential elections.
Hillary Clinton, who spoke Monday in New York, will be at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday to detail her strategy to combat Islamic terrorism.

Clinton comes to Minneapolis to lay out more detailed plan to defeat ISIL

The presidential candidate speaks Tuesday in Minneapolis as state wrestles with terrorism recruitment, radicalization.
Rep. John Kline, fourth from right, was among those celebrating the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which President Obama signed into law T

End of No Child Left Behind a big win for outgoing Rep. John Kline

WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline has spent the last few years trying to broker the rarest of deals in Washington, a bipartisan…
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Saban Forum 2015 in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Clinton to unveil a plan to spur investment in manufacturing nationally

The plan, which she calls the "Manufacturing Renaissance Tax Credit" builds on an existing tax provision called the New Markets tax credit, popular on Capitol Hill.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, working to halt imports of foreign steel, says Iron Range layoffs are “devastating.”

Rep. Nolan pushs on two fronts to try to protect American steel

WASHINGTON – Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan is forging two paths on behalf of the American steel industry. The first — and arguably the…
Gracie Tilney-Kaemmer, 12, taped a sign on a box she decorated for toy donations at the International Institute of Minnesota in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Syrians' plight spurs flood of donations to state's refugee agencies

As rhetoric heats up, phones ring off hook at groups that can assist Syrian refugees.
Jason Lewis, Pam Myhra, David Gerson, John Howe and David Benson-Staebler prepared for the start of a GOP debate Thursday.

Fierce, costly battle is taking shape in Second District race for Congress

Candidates have already poured $2 million into race.
“Our highest priority is the protection of the American people,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in the letter.

Dayton receives more assurances over weekend about refugees

The letter went out a day after GOP-controlled House voted to tighten restrictions on refugees.
Department of Veterans Affairs St. Paul Regional Office Director Kimberly Graves listens at a Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Wa

Embattled St. Paul VA official transferred to another state, demoted

Kim Graves sent to another state after investigation.
Congressman Tom Emmer

Rep. Tom Emmer seeks declaration of war on ISIL

He refers to Paris attack, says politicians are 'stuck' over authorization of force.
Department of Veterans Affairs St. Paul Regional Office Director Kimberly Graves listens at a Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Wa

St. Paul VA chief got $8.7K bonus in year she was investigated

Administrator Kimberly Graves was being investigated for using her position for personal gain.
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and director of Generation Next announced its plan to tackle the achievement gap during a presentation to communit

Rybak gaining higher profile on national stage

The former Mpls. mayor picked a fight with the DNC over lack of debates.
Ellen Ferencek, 22, watched the Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13 with fellow Hillary Clinton supporters in Minneapolis.

Minnesota could be site of Democrats' early 2016 battles

Minnesota is likely to be among the ripest targets for the Bernie Sanders campaign to sap Hillary Clinton's momentum when presidential primaries and caucuses get started
Walter Mondale, left, had a warm handshake for his former boss at the White House, Jimmy Carter, during a tribute Tuesday.

Carter, Biden help honor Mondale as the V.P. who changed the job

Minnesota's elder statesman rejoins 39th president in spirited celebration