Gov. Tim Walz gave a pen to Rep. Hodan Hassan, DFL-Minneapolis, after a ceremonial signing event for the pay minimums for ride-hail drivers at the Sta

Pay rates for Uber and Lyft drivers now law after two-year fight

Pay minimums take effect Dec. 1, and the apps say they will stay in the Twin Cities.

Gov. Tim Walz signs cannabis bill allowing for cultivation to start this year

May 28
Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Friday that makes several changes to Minnesota's year-old recreational marijuana law, such as allowing commercial cultivat
The bill makes several updates to Minnesota's recreational marijuana law.

Democrats plan to nominate Biden by virtual roll call to meet Ohio ballot deadline

May 28
FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a Jewish American Heritage Month event, May 20, 2024, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
President Joe Biden will be formally nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee through a virtual roll call ahead of the party's official convention in Chicago in August — a maneuver that will allow Biden to appear on the November ballot in Ohio and also reduce opportunities for disruptions from protesters.
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The Latest | Trump's criminal trial to enter deliberations phase after jury receives instructions

Jury deliberations in Donald Trump 's criminal hush money trial are expected to begin Wednesday after the panel receives instructions from the judge on the law governing the case and what they can take into account in evaluating the former president's guilt or innocence.
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Police search the European Parliament over suspected Russian interference, prosecutors say

Police searched the offices and residence of an employee of the European Parliament on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether EU lawmakers were bribed to promote Russian propaganda to undermine support for Ukraine, prosecutors said.
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6:26am
Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court before closing arguments in his hush money trial in New York, Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

Jury in Trump's hush money case will begin deliberations

Jurors in Donald Trump's hush money trial are expected to begin deliberations Wednesday after receiving instructions from the judge.
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5:29am

Most AAPI adults think the history of racism should be taught in schools, an AP-NORC poll finds

U.S. schools should teach about issues related to race, most Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders believe. They also oppose efforts to restrict what subjects can be discussed in the classroom, according to a new poll.
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4:04am

Biden, Harris to launch Black voter outreach effort amid signs of diminished support

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are stepping up their reelection pitch to Black voters, a key part of their 2020 winning coalition that has shown signs of fraying.
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12:35am

US Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas fights off challenge from gun-rights activist in GOP runoff

Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas narrowly won his primary Tuesday against a gun-rights activist who pushed the border congressman into a bruising runoff that threatened to unseat a U.S. House incumbent.
Nation
May 28

Rallies and debates used to define campaigns. Now they're about juries and trials

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has been sitting for hours a day in a Manhattan courtroom, where his hush-money trial is nearing its end. On Monday, a trial is set to begin in Wilmington, Delaware, for President Joe Biden's son Hunter, who is accused of lying on a federal gun purchase form.
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May 28

Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis barred from practicing in Colorado for three years

Colorado legal officials on Tuesday approved an agreement with Jenna Ellis, a onetime attorney for former President Donald Trump, barring her from practicing law in the state for three years after she pleaded guilty to helping Trump try to overturn the 2020 election.
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May 28
Former President Donald Trump speaks to the media outside of his trial at Manhattan Criminal Court, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in New York. (Steven Hirsch

Prosecutor says Trump tried 'to hoodwink voters' while defense attacks key witness

Donald Trump engaged in a conspiracy ''to hoodwink voters'' in 2016, a prosecutor told jurors at the hush money trial, while a defense lawyer branded the star witness as the ''greatest liar of all time'' and pressed for an acquittal.
Nation
May 28

Cohen's credibility, campaigning at court and other takeaways from Trump trial's closing arguments

Donald Trump's lawyers and Manhattan prosecutors made their final pitches Tuesday to jurors who will decide whether the Republican will be the first former U.S. president convicted of a crime, squaring off over the strength of the evidence and credibility of the prosecution's star witness as his hush money trial drew toward a close.
Variety
May 28

Proposed gender identity measure fails to qualify for California ballot

Californians won't be voting this November on a policy that would have required schools to notify parents if their child asks to change their gender identification.
Nation
May 28
Emily Baden stands in the backyard at her home, on May 20, 2024. Justice Samuel Alito said his wife, Martha-Ann Alito, raised an inverted American fla

The Alitos, the neighborhood clash and the upside-down flag

The clash between the wife of a conservative Supreme Court justice and a neighboring couple, who were in their 30s, liberal and proud of it, played out over months.
Nation
May 28

Prosecutors build their case at bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez with emails and texts

Prosecutors were presenting their bribery case against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez drip-by-drip on Tuesday, showing jurors a steady stream of documents, emails and phone records that they'll explain more thoroughly later in the trial.
Nation
May 28

Kennedy condemns the removal of Confederate monuments

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has condemned the removal of Confederate statues, saying he had a ''visceral reaction against" the destruction of monuments honoring southern leaders from the Civil War.
Nation
May 28

The Latest | Closing arguments in Trump's hush money trial have concluded

Closing arguments in Donald Trump 's historic hush money trial concluded Tuesday evening in a Manhattan courtroom. It was the final opportunity for prosecutors and defense attorneys to convince the jury of their respective cases before deliberations begin.
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May 28

Trump endorses challenger to Freedom Caucus chair Bob Good ahead of closely watched Virginia primary

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed the Republican opponent of a Virginia congressman who leads the hard-right House Freedom Caucus in what could be a defining moment in the GOP primary set for June 18.
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May 28
Robert De Niro speaks against former President Donald Trump at a news conference outside of Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, Tuesday,  May 28, 20

Biden campaign sends allies De Niro and first responders to Trump's NY trial to put focus on Jan. 6

President Joe Biden's campaign on Tuesday showed up outside former President Donald Trump's New York City criminal hush money trial with actor Robert De Niro and a pair of former police officers in an effort to refocus the presidential race on the former president's role in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection.
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May 28

Federal investigation of former Ohio House speaker ends with no charges filed

Federal officials have notified Ohio's former House speaker that they have closed their investigation of him and he will not face any charges.
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May 28
An image the Department of Justice included in an August 30, 2022 court filing shows documents marked SECRET//SCI that were recovered from Donald Trum

Judge denies request to restrict Trump statements about law enforcement in classified records case

The judge overseeing Donald Trump's classified documents case in Florida on Tuesday denied prosecutors' request to bar the former president from making public statements that could endanger law enforcement agents participating in the prosecution.
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May 28
Retired New York Police Department officer Thomas Webster leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, Sept. 1, 2022.

Appeals court upholds retired NYPD officer's 10-year prison sentence for Capitol riot attack

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a retired New York Police Department officer's conviction and 10-year prison sentence for assaulting a police officer during the Jan. 6, 2021, siege at the U.S. Capitol.

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Latest politics news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., including Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota Legislature, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.