Minnesota politics - commentary, blogs and multimedia | StarTribune.com

Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell smiles Thursday as he leaves the Capitol chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' health care bill.

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week.

Trump, Modi exchange hugs during Rose Garden statements

So much for handshakes. President Donald Trump found out Monday that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a hugger.

Supreme Court won't hear appeal over FBI abuse claims

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a U.S. citizen who tried to sue a group of FBI agents over claims they falsely imprisoned and tortured him for several months in Africa.

Police: Officers' killing of mentally ill man not criminal

An internal police investigation has found that Oklahoma law enforcement officers who killed a mentally ill, knife-wielding man committed no crime.

APNewsBreak: Family to sue over black man's shooting

Relatives of a black man who was gunned down by a white police officer in Louisiana's capital are suing the city on Tuesday, claiming the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by its police force.

Justices to hear dispute over seizing Iran artifacts

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack who want to seize museum pieces in U.S. collections to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran.

APNewsBreak: Family to sue over black man's shooting

Relatives of a black man who was gunned down by a white police officer in Louisiana's capital are suing the city, claiming the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by its police force.


Big ideas for open government fall short at Legislature

Transparency advocates had grand plans for improving public access to government information in Minnesota this legislative session. One proposal would have stopped the mass…

Tevlin: Health care debate is 'legacy' of the times
Jon Tevlin

Rep. Keith Ellison, a Fifth District Democrat, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd in the Third District, about the proposed changes to health care.


Trump takes another swipe at CNN following resignations

President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network's credibility Tuesday.


Justices to review New Jersey bid for legal sports betting

The Supreme Court will take up New Jersey's bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks.


Supreme Court orders new look at Colorado voucher program

The Supreme Court is ordering the top Colorado state court to look again at a school voucher program that it had struck down as unconstitutional.


Correction: Tulsa-Police Shooting story

In a story June 26 about a decision not to press charges against Tulsa, Oklahoma, law officers in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, The Associated Press misidentified the man. His name was Joshua Barre, not Jason Barre.


Not guilty pleas for man accused of killing deputy

Not guilty pleas have been entered on behalf of a man accused of killing a Rusk County sheriff's deputy.


Trump attacks media in flurry of early morning tweets

President Donald Trump is using the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to rail against media credibility.


The Latest: Iranian FM calls US travel ban 'misplaced'

The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):


Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.


Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack

The involvement of external powers in the Syrian war continued to accelerate Tuesday as President Bashar Assad's government and Russia dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack.


Flint extends contract for Detroit-area water supply

Flint has extended its water contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority to September as the impoverished Michigan city struggles to recover from a lead-tainted water crisis.