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Dayton, Republicans clash over prekindergarten programs

Gov. Mark Dayton is defending his signature program to expand prekindergarten offerings, despite GOP opposition.

Governor has made pre-K education a top priority.

White House sought to block Yates' testimony on Russia

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in 2016.

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

Priebus a central figure in Trump's White House drama

In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump no factor in Social Security increase

Widely circulated online reports crediting President Donald Trump for 2017 increases in retirees' Social Security checks don't accurately portray how the system works.

AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It's not

The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump's campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president's spokesman that it's case closed.

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

The chairman of the House intelligence committee is refusing to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations bring new cries of protest from Democrats.


U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says he's running for governor
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The Democratic congressman, who has represented southern Minnesota since his election in 2006, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that he's running for governor.

Franken to vote against Gorsuch nomination
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As Democrats line up to oppose Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Sen. Al Franken is vowing to vote against Gorsuch and Sen. Amy Klobuchar appears to be leaning against him.


Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even the president's son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight.


House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.


AP EXPLAINS: What the death of broadband privacy rules means

Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?


Judge approves release of jailed Seattle-area 'dreamer'

A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge ruled.


Troll for the 'lulz'? A target of online abuse isn't amused

and burst into tears.


Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

The similarities between two deadly Oakland fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable housing in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area.


US judge to hear arguments on longer block to travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban planned to hear arguments Wednesday on whether to extend his order until the state's lawsuit works its way through the courts.


Minnesota shouldn't see much change as Trump boosts coal

State law and industry forces have already set course toward renewable energy.


House votes to block Obama-era online privacy rule

The House voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.


Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo

Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into U.S. graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students.