Jim Spencer | Star Tribune
Washington Correspondent

Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune's Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades' experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.


Feds fine U.S. Bancorp $613M for money-laundering violations

Justice Department says bank missed suspicious transactions from 2009 to 2014.


Trump's proposal to end heating assistance called dangerous for rural Minnesotans, seniors

Trump administration pitches zeroing out federal heating assistance, used by 126,000 Minnesota households.


Pawlenty, mulling return to Minnesota politics, leaves D.C. lobbying job

The former governor and his allies have been reaching out to donors, trying to gauge support for a possible run for a third term in his old job.


Minnesota business looks for DACA fix

State leaders say Dreamers make major contributions.


Judge allows class-action suit over Medtronic's Infuse product to proceed

Plaintiffs allege Medtronic paid doctors to conceal problems; company vows to fight case.


Tariff on foreign-made solar products could cost Minnesota jobs

Solar-industry firms in Minnesota see Trump's decision costing jobs.


For Minnesota, a shutdown could have major implications

Smith, other lawmakers from state express frustration.


Appropriations bill would bar SEC from requiring political spending disclosure

Rider on must-pass bill means firms won't have to disclose donations.


Medical device companies brace for return of Affordable Care Act tax

Unless Congress acts, the ACA measure will return this month after a reprieve.


Cargill turns to workforce to push back against Trump trade policies

As Trump's disparagement of free trade agreements pushes America away from multicountry pacts, Cargill, one of the world's largest private companies, is pushing back.