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Reporter | Washington Bureau

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


Emmer quiet on Trump and Russia as Paulsen criticizes anew

Minnesota's three GOP congressmen respond — or not — to summit.


Condemnations from Minnesota Dems in D.C. on Trump and Russia

Erik Paulsen, a Republican, called Trump's performance "embarrassing."


GOP's Erik Paulsen, in first TV ad, highlights break with Trump

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen used the first TV ad of his re-election campaign to highlight how he went against President Donald Trump in his opposition to mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.


Minnesota politicos split by party over Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court

Minnesota's two U.S. senators are joining their fellow Democrats in raising concerns about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even as Republicans urge a quick confirmation for President Donald Trump's high court pick.


Minnesota lawmakers in D.C. hope to settle farm bill soon

Rep. Collin Peterson says he's out of the loop after a falling-out over GOP food-stamp policy.


DFL choice in 5th District: Experience vs. symbolism

The suddenly-open slot has sparked a debate over how much and what kind of experience matters in a politically volatile era in which many party activists are looking, most of all, for a fighter.


Minnesota's Democratic senators say Supreme Court appointment should wait

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that will get the first chance to vet the nominee.


Minn. voting chief urges U.S. senators to shore up election security

Secretary of State Simon urges U.S. senators to stay "ahead of the bad guys."


Richard Painter's 'dumpster fire' ad is the talk of social media

Painter's video is drawing a lot of attention on social media, with reactions spanning praise to befuddlement.


Sen. Tina Smith gets behind PolyMet land exchange

Smith is sponsoring a Senate measure to codify a land exchange to make way for PolyMet Mining's long-in-the-works project.