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CIA: Russia acted in election to boost Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin, shown on Nov. 9, U.S. intelligence agencies have been cautious for months in characterizing Russia's motivations toward the 2016 U.S. election, reflecting the United States' long-standing struggle to collect reliable intelligence on Putin.

In a secret assessment shared with key senators, CIA briefers said it was now "quite clear" that electing Trump was Russia's goal, the Washington Post reported, citing officials.

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday.

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.

As Trump campaigns, Giuliani won't be part of team

President-elect Donald Trump calls out to media as he and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J..

Appearing jovial and relaxed, Donald Trump plunged back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, thanking Michigan voters and prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff election.

Vendors pitch MNsure on website upgrades

Amid uncertainty, the state health insurance exchange wants to improve the online experience for shoppers.

Trump team's questions for Energy Dept. raise concerns

The Trump transition team has a list of 74 questions, asking agency officials to identify which employees and contractors have worked on an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut carbon output.

EPA rejects $20.4 million in requests for mine spill costs

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will pay $4.5 million to state, local and tribal governments for their emergency response to a mine spill that the EPA triggered, but the agency turned down $20.4 million in other requests for past and future expenses.

The Latest: Congress averts shutdown, backs spending bill

The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local):

Sen. Franken gets a Trump chia, Klobuchar gets a moose mug in Senate gift exchange
Hot Dish Politics

Franken's Senate Santa gift exchange had 59 senators participating in exchanging gifts -- in a mostly bipartisan fashion.

Two recounts confirm wins for Republicans elected to Minnesota Senate
Hot Dish Politics

After recount in St. Cloud-area Senate seat, Republican Jerry Relph will join fellow Republicans in Minnesota Senate next year.

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

Group urges Trump to divest from private business

Six days before Donald Trump is set to announce a plan to exit operations of his company, former Republican officials and a conservative author who…

Over Dayton's objections, Civil War paintings to stay displayed at Capitol

Despite Gov. Mark Dayton’s objections, six massive paintings depicting Minnesota soldiers in Civil War battles will be rehung in the Governor’s Reception Room and anteroom…

Minnesota AG sues Volkswagen over tampered vehicles

The suit follows a $11.5 million fraud settlement that the state reached with the automaker.

DFL avoids copper-nickel mining fight — for now

Election losses spark a call for unity over contentious copper-nickel mining issue.

Klobuchar, Emmer urge Trump to keep Obama's Cuba policies

The Minnesotans are among congressional leaders hoping to forestall a reversal of progress in U.S.-Cuban relations over the last two years.

Minnesota Legislature will likely take on e-mail deletion rules

County's plan to delete e-mails after 30 or 180 days weakens transparency, some say.

Trump's pick for Labor Dept. is Hardee's chief, wage critic Andrew Puzder

Andrew Puzder has spent his career in the private sector and has opposed efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay, arguing that the minimum wage hurts small businesses and leads to job loss among low-skilled workers.

Auto industry braces for makeover under Trump

Any policy changes will influence types of vehicles planned in coming years.

Sen. Franken gets a Trump chia, Klobuchar gets a moose mug in Senate gift exchange

Franken's Senate Santa gift exchange had 59 senators participating in exchanging gifts -- in a mostly bipartisan fashion.