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Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it

President Donald Trump wants to put his stamp on the welfare system, apparently in favor of a more restrictive policy. He says "people are taking advantage of the system."

Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton's presidency, starting with a campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing change that remains hotly debated 20 years later.

Democrats on state, local levels have plans for gaining voters' trust

Democratic leaders, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, say the party needs to focus on the struggles of ordinary Americans.

The party's leaders in Washington have been criticized for lacking a message that voters can embrace.

Minnesota's troubled vehicle licensing system makes changes

The South Saint Paul Quick-Serv License Center. ] GLEN STUBBE ï glen.stubbe@startribune.com Thursday, September 28, 2017 Eleven weeks into the rollout of a system upgrade for Minnesota’s vehicle licensing system, major problems are persisting at offices around the state. Vehicle dealerships can’t get the right paperwork to get cars off the lot, people with disabilities can’t get their specialized plates and legislative hearings on the matter have turned into an hours-long discussion of the problems. This is particularly problematic because it’s just the first in a series of upgrades, and the next one, for driver’s licenses, will come when we all have to get new, Real ID-compliant licenses. Meeting with Deputy Register 035 Vinton Lewis and his wife Janet at the South St. Paul Deputy Registrar’s Office to see the problems firsthand.

A top MNLARS developer is on a leave of absences.

US backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in DC

The Trump administration is backtracking on its decision to order the Palestinians' office in Washington to close.

Top official involved with troubled Minnesota license system on leave

A top state official involved with developing Minnesota's troubled new $90 million computer system for vehicle licensing is no longer working on the project.

Franken vows to regain trust of Minnesota after harassment allegations

"Let me say again that I'm sorry," the senator wrote in a statement. He apologized for embraces that "crossed a line."

Universities revoke journalism awards given to Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose, who was fired this week by CBS News and PBS in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women, has now lost accolades from two universities.


Lawmaker dismayed at decision to shut down 35W this weekend
The Drive

Minnesota House Transportation Finance Chairman Paul Torkelson said he is disappointed the department is carrying on with the closure when as many as 200,000 people could be making their way into downtown Minneapolis.

Rep. Paulsen to friend, housemate Scalise: "Welcome back roomie"
Hot Dish Politics

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen welcomes his friend and housemate back, three months after Rep. Steve Scalise was gunned down at a congressional baseball practice.


Giffords group asks web hosts to shut down 'ghost gun' sites

A gun control group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords asked two web hosting companies on Friday to shut down websites selling parts and machines that help make untraceable homemade firearms known as "ghost guns."


S African company pulling out of natural gas to liquid fuels

Low oil prices and a volatile market are prompting a South African energy and chemical company to drop plans for an $11 billion to $14 billion U.S. plant to convert natural gas to liquid fuels and to pull out of Canadian shale.


Cryptic U.S. confirms that Trump cut off weapons for Syrian Kurds

The move is sure to please Turkey but further alienate Syrian Kurds who bore much of the fight against the Islamic State group.


The Latest: Trump takes a jab at Time magazine

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):


Critics say FCC's net neutrality process was 'corrupted'

Fake or automated public comments unfairly influenced decision, critics say.


Consumer agency director resigns, names acting successor

Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, resigned Friday and simultaneously named his own successor, setting up the consumer agency for another battle with the Trump White House over control of the powerful federal watchdog.


Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:


House to vote next week on required anti-harassment training

The House will vote next week on requiring anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs.


Trump denounces attack in Egypt, calls again for travel ban

President Donald Trump on Friday denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means — and insisting the U.S. needs a southern border wall and the travel ban tied up in courts.


Mailing quirk has Missouri residents with Iowa addresses

For decades, an idiosyncrasy in the mail delivery system has forced some rural northern Missouri residents to have Iowa mailing addresses, which has created roadblocks and red tape for residents when they vote or pay taxes — even when they die.