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Maya Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.


Vows to try again after farm bill is voted down in the U.S. House

Conservative House members joined Democrats in rejecting the nearly $870 billion bill.


Walz says U.S. House veterans' health care bill causes 'long-term problems'

The VA Mission Act, a major overhaul of veterans health care, passed 347-70 with no Republicans voting against it.


National Democrats to give Minnesota DFL $100,000

It's aimed at increasing outreach to rural communities and small towns.


Rep. Erik Paulsen gets behind gun violence measure in Congress

He is joining a bipartisan effort to encourage states to pass laws that let law enforcement take firearms from people determined to be a danger to themselves or others.


Minnesota says licenses will work for flights through 2020

Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers finally approved a process last year to get Minnesota in full compliance, and the state will start issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses this October.


GOP sees hope for grabbing northeastern Minn. congressional seat

DFL's inability to endorse seen as aiding Pete Stauber's chances.


Rep. Jason Lewis spending big on U.S. House mailers, communications

The first-term Republican spent more on taxpayer-funded mass mailing and communications last year than any other member of the Minnesota delegation.


Klobuchar wants 'consumer bill of rights' for Facebook users

Legislation a response to privacy breaches, election disruption revelations.


Crowded DFL field in northeastern Minnesota race to succeed Rep. Rick Nolan

Congressional seat held by Democrat Rick Nolan is a top target for Republicans.


Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar queries Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on privacy

Klobuchar suggested a rule that would require Facebook to notify its users of a breach within 72 hours.