Politics
February 10

Uproar over Biden classified documents report carries echoes of 2016 Clinton email case

The release of a harshly critical Justice Department special counsel report on President Joe Biden has triggered instant flashbacks to history-shaping events of 2016. That's when FBI Director James Comey castigated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her email practices despite recommending against charges.
Science
February 10
The Gulf of Mexico's hypoxic "dead zone" at the end of the Mississippi River is seen by satellite south of Louisiana in 2017. Credit: National Oceanic

Renewed legislation aims to safeguard Mississippi River amid growing environmental concerns

A proposal to create a federal funding program to protect the Mississippi River is back in front of Congress.
Politics
February 10
Cannabis flower on display Aug. 1, 2023 at NativeCare in Red Lake, Minn.. The Red Lake Nation opened the state’s first recreational marijuana dispen

Marijuana use has increased in Minnesota. So have poison control calls.

A new state report has provided a snapshot of cannabis use in Minnesota leading up to legalization.
Nation
February 10

How Biden and his allies are pushing back against a special counsel's claims about his memory

President Joe Biden's Democratic allies are launching an aggressive defense against a special counsel's explosive claims that the 81-year-old president couldn't remember major milestones in his life, trying to diminish the significance of the prosecutor's allegations that Biden was too forgetful to be charged for mishandling classified material.
Nation
February 10

US Sen. Coons and German Chancellor Scholz see double at Washington meeting

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were seeing double when they met in Washington, D.C., this week and went on social media to share their mirror image with the world.
Nation
February 10
The office building that houses Royce Medical Supply in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company is among seven firms identified in an alleged scheme to bill

U.S. investigates alleged Medicare fraud scheme estimated at $2 billion

The potential scale of the alleged fraudulent billing operation is with little precedent in the history of Medicare, experts said.
Nation
February 10

Verbal gaffe or sign of trouble? Mixing up names like Biden and Trump have done is pretty common

Any parent who's ever called one of their children by the other's name — or even the family pet's name — likely could empathize when President Joe Biden mixed up the names of French leaders Macron and Mitterrand.
Politics
February 10
Tom Holien, educational programs coordinator for the House, pointed toward the rotunda ceiling as he took a group of interns on a pre-session orientat

Minnesota's 2024 legislative session will focus on bonding projects, fixes to new laws

Legislators won't spend much money this year after passing the largest budget in state history last session.
Nation
February 10

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

ABC's ''This Week'' — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; Gov. Brian Kemp, R-Ga.
Nation
February 9

The Senate is pushing past far-right objections to aiding Ukraine. But next steps are uncertain

The U.S. Senate is plodding past far-right Republican opposition to helping Ukraine fight Russia, working through the weekend on a $95.3 billion military aid package for Kyiv, Israel and other allies that could be President Joe Biden's last chance for now to deliver substantial American support.
Politics
February 9
President Joe Biden arrived to speak in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Thursday.

Minnesota Democrats defend Biden after report questions memory. Republicans say he's unfit to serve.

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, Rep. Betty McCollum accuse special counsel of having a political agenda.
Nation
February 9

White House downplays Biden, national security aide's blunt comments on Israel

The White House on Friday sought to downplay sharp criticism levied against Israel by President Joe Biden and a senior national security official over how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has conducted Israel's four-month-old war aimed at rooting out Hamas militants from Gaza.
Nation
February 9

Texas woman is sentenced to 3 years in prison for threatening judge overseeing Trump documents case

A Texas woman was sentenced Friday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of threatening a Florida judge who is overseeing the criminal case against former President Donald Trump's handling of classified documents.
Politics
February 9

Trump tells NRA members 'no one will ever lay a finger on your firearms' if he's elected

Former President Donald Trump told thousands at a National Rife Association event in Pennsylvania Friday, ''no one will ever lay a finger on your firearms,'' should he be elected in November.
Nation
February 9

Georgia Republicans say Fani Willis inquiry isn't a 'witch hunt,' but Democrats doubt good faith

The Republican leading a specially-appointed Georgia state Senate committee that's supposed to investigate whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis committed misconduct proclaimed repeatedly Friday during the panel's first meeting that he seeks just the facts, but the lead Democrat begrudgingly serving on the panel said she doubts the group can overcome its partisan origins.
Nation
February 9

Virginia lawmakers limit public comment and tell folks taking the mic to 'make it quick'

Virginia's part-time Legislature moves at a quick clip. And its time-pressed lawmakers expect the same from members of the public who want to make their voices heard.
Nation
February 9

Congressional age limit proposed in North Dakota in potential test case for nation

North Dakota would be the first state to set an age limit for U.S. Senate and House candidates under a measure that could go before voters in June, though it's unclear whether a state limit on federal officeholders would violate the U.S. Constitution.
Politics
February 9
Minnesota Child Protection Task Force members listen as Ariana Guerra, Policy & Advocacy Manager with Foster Advocates, speaks Thursday, Jan. 11,

Legislators want to hire experts to diagnose Minnesota's ailing child protection system

The proposal is one of several, including another pushing for a statewide child abuse hotline, in response to the Star Tribune's investigation that showed widespread problems.
Nation
February 9

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the latest Pennsylvania House special election

Control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives hangs in the balance in a special election on Tuesday in the Philadelphia suburbs. If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because this is the fourth time in a year the balance of power in the narrowly divided lower chamber has been upended by a vacancy, with a fifth time potentially in the works.
Variety
February 9

Toby Keith wrote all kinds of country songs. His legacy might be post-9/11 American anger

Toby Keith's songs accomplished, for some, what great art is intended to: They sustained people in challenging times, particularly U.S. service members and their families during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. For others, Keith's work sowed division and was blindly patriotic — a wedge that deepened America's cultural fault lines.

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