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in this Sept. 24, 2019, photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Rep. Ilhan Omar clarifies tweet after pushback from fellow Democrats

The Minnesota congresswoman is clashing with some members of her own party over a tweet on alleged war crimes.
U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar is being criticized by the House GOPs campaign arm for a tweet about alleged war crimes. GLEN STUBBE • STAR TRIBUNE

National Republican Congressional Committee criticizes Omar over tweet

A tweet following a Monday Foreign Affairs hearing led to the blast from the House GOP campaign arm.
Police clash with Trump supporters who breached security and entered the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo by Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agenc

First Senate bipartisan report finds broad failures in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

The report, led in part by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, paints a picture of missed clues, lack of preparedness and communication issues in the run-up to the Capitol riot.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a defense bill that’s going to ever be in the history as progressive as this one’s going to be, hopefully

McCollum's influence over defense spending grows

Minnesota's senior Democrat leads the House subcommittee crafting a defense-spending bill at a time when President Joe Biden is pushing for an increase, Republicans want to spend even more and some progressives want to cut.
Senate Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks to reporters as senators rush to the chamber for votes ahead of the approaching Memorial D

Minnesota Democrats back Jan. 6 bill blocked by Senate GOP

Both Minnesota senators vote in support of probe into Jan. 6 Capitol violence.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said Congress needs to pass sweeping police reform. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • STAR TRIBUNE

After missed deadline, Congress looks to reach police reform deal

The Floyd family has publicly urged for passage of federal police reform legislation.
A Marine held the door as Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, walked into the White House on Tuesday.

Floyd family: 'An honor' to meet with President Biden on anniversary

Philonise Floyd, George's brother, also made clear they want to see the police reform bill named after George Floyd signed into law.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented the George Floyd family, is joined by family members of victims of racial injustice following a meeti

Biden to meet with Floyd family Tuesday, year after Floyd's death

The president has talked about his relationship with the Floyd family in pushing for police reform.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar voted against a $1.9 billion Capitol funding bill. BRIAN PETERSON • STAR TRIBUNE

Rep. Omar votes no on Capitol spending bill following Jan. 6 attack

Omar was one of three House Democrats to oppose legislation that narrowly passed.
Supporters of then-President Donald Trump storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington,

Minnesota Republicans not on board as House OKs Jan. 6 commission

Minnesota Democrats back bipartisan inquiry as GOP colleagues turn away.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn, spoke last October at a Biden campaign rally in Minnesota. LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com

Israel-Hamas conflict divides Minnesota Democrats

Mounting overseas violence highlights differing views among Democrats over Israel's culpability.
Ryan Frascone in his high school graduation gown in spring of 2000. At right, the Frascone family of Eagan in 1991 with Julie and Mark at rear and the

Push to expand private student loan relief after death clears U.S. House

It was an emotional day for Mark and Julie Frascone as they heard the name of their late son Ryan spoken on the floor of…
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Confe

Cheney removal tests Minnesota Republicans

Four GOP delegation members are mostly silent about the closed-door vote.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke during a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee she chairs, as the committee debated election reform on Tuesday.

Senate Dems ready voting rights bill despite partisan gridlock

For much of the day before the 9-9 vote, the Senate Rules Committee led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar struggled to find common ground.
Michael Elder , 35, gets his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine at a state vaccination site at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on April 28, 2021. States

Billions in state and local aid soon begin path to Minnesota

Minnesota governments are expected to get nearly $5 billion in state and local help.
Rep. Liz Cheney was one of only 10 House GOP members who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Minnesota Republicans try to steer clear of Cheney fallout

Rep. Liz Cheney has challenged Trump's lies about the 2020 election.
The Senate Rules Committee chaired by Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes up the For the People election reform bill next week.

Sen. Klobuchar's new big test: Shepherding election reform

The Minnesota Democrat faces the mammoth task of leading the push for the sweeping legislation in the Senate.
President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to pass police reform by the first anniversary of George Floyd’s killing. (Melina Mara/POOL/AFP via Getty

Biden's police reform deadline puts pressure on Congress

The president has called for action by the anniversary of George Floyd's death
President Joe Biden arrived to speak to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night.

For Minnesota, more child care, education resources under latest Biden proposal

President Biden was detailing school and child care proposals in his first joint speech to Congress.
President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh in March. Biden will seek to pay for his far-reaching proposal that

Big business in Minnesota draws a line at Biden's proposed tax hike

Washington – Corporate tax cuts have been kind to Minnesota's biggest companies. In fact, many of the state's multi­billion-dollar, multinational corporations had lower effective tax…
Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) speaks at a news conference about statehood for the District of Columbia, at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesda

House Dems pass D.C. statehood

U.S. House Democrats voted last week for D.C. to become the 51st state. The vote was another instance where Minnesota's congressional delegation is divided down…
Vice President Walter Mondale’s portrait was draped with a black sash Tuesday morning at the University of Minnesota Law School. Mondale Hall is nam

Walter Mondale remembered as 'legend in Minnesota politics' by colleagues across spectrum

President Joe Biden and other political leaders marked the passing of "a true public servant."
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters briefly showed up to a protest outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department in response to the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wr

Minn. GOP challenges Democrats over Rep. Maxine Waters' words

Democrats counter that GOP was silent on Jan. 6 insurrection at Capitol.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke during a news conference after the guilty verdicts in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Advocates fear Minnesota, federal police reform efforts could lose momentum

Minn. Senate GOP still noncommittal and bill named for George Floyd stalled in U.S. Senate.
Vice President Kamala Harris, left, listens as President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin, at the White House in

After Chauvin verdict, President Biden says 'we must do more'

The president and vice president called for police reform.
Walter Mondale sat on stage with former President Jimmy Carter during Mondale’s 90th birthday party celebration in 2018. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • STAR TR

Walter Mondale remembered for decency, sweep of accomplishments

Political leaders from across the political spectrum praised the former vice president, who died Monday.
Legislators say the state should not wait on the fate of President Biden’s infrastructure plan to shore up construction on roads, bridges and water

Lawmakers clash over infrastructure funding in Minnesota, Washington

Legislators say the state's bonding negotiations cannot be tied to the American Jobs Plan.
U.S. Rep Angie Craig, right, met with members of the Harris family, whose 28-year-old son Josh wasn’t able to receive any stimulus checks from earli

Stimulus package benefits millions of families with adult dependents

Last month's relief package expands payments for many dependents who didn't qualify in earlier rounds.
“We should listen to Daunte’s mom, who is calling for peace and calm,” President Biden said today.

President Biden calls Daunte Wright's death 'tragic,' appeals for peace

"We should listen to Daunte's mom, who is calling for peace and calm," President Biden said.
President Joe Biden speaks about gun regulations from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on Thursday, April 8, 2021, as Vice President K

Biden's action on guns divides Minnesota delegation

State's delegation sticks to party lines in response to Biden's executive moves.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks with reporters on February 23, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harnik/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, like many colleagues, has shifted on filibuster

Senators Klobuchar and Smith see need for change in the Senate.
A road construction project along Interstate 94 in Minneapolis. Richard Tsong-Taatarii¥Richard.Tsong-Taatarii@startribune.com

'So far behind': Minnesotans eye federal infrastructure bill for languishing projects

Details are scant so far on how much the state could get if the $2.3 trillion package passes Congress.
Rep. Ilhan Omar and other Democrats talk to reporters at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Ilhan Omar urges humanity in immigration debate

The Somali refugee said like the unaccompanied minors, she too fled violence.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota nurses filled syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a North Memorial Health Hospital vaccination clini

Minnesota hopeful on Biden vaccine goal

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm made the comment in a public briefing led by U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Dean Phillips.
Residents of the District of Columbia rally for statehood near the U.S. Capitol on Monday, March 22, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Imag

D.C. statehood group looks to Klobuchar for help

The Minnesota senator says Congress needs to pass separate legislation granting D.C. statehood.
U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., is photographed in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Stauber proposes police reform less sweeping than Democrats' bill

The former police officer urges less sweeping changes than the bill named for George Floyd.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is hoping for bipartisan support of legislation expanding access to broadband.

Sen. Klobuchar pushes broadband access

She says spending there would help Minnesota, given the hit to rural areas during the pandemic.
Blue Cross nurse Kirk Randall filled a syringe with vaccine.

Minnesota businesses join mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Minnesota's biggest employers are offering workers incentives to fight the pandemic.
Colleagues Cole Sundquist, of St. Louis Park, and Dalton Cook, of Minneapolis, had drinks at Borough in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Billions in aid from COVID-19 relief bill headed to Minnesota

Minnesota's state and local governments, its ailing hospitality industry, struggling small businesses and the agricultural sector will get a financial boost from the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) sign the Bill Enrollment for the Biden American R

Minnesota Democrats see relief bill as big win; Republicans call some parts 'egregious'

Democrats cheer relief's passage, while Republicans called it pork.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is among the Minnesota Democrats waiting to see how the Senate handles the filibuster.

Uncertain fate for D.C. Democrats' big voting rights push

Minnesota Democrats in the U.S. House had something to cheer about last week as they once again passed a sweeping expansion of voting rights —…
Sen. Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith supports ending filibuster

The Minnesota Democrat says the 60-vote threshold should be abolished for all legislation.