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

Republicans make desperate bid to save health care bill

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 8, 2017.

Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that "right now" he doesn't back it.

Lawyer: Kushner used personal email for some WH messages

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, used his personal email account on dozens of occasions to communicate with colleagues in the White House, his lawyer said Sunday.

The Latest: Fight over young immigrants ensnares bill

The Latest on House Democrats demanding a vote on protections for an estimated 800,000 immigrants brought into the country as children. (all times local):

US appeals court agrees that college can't suspend student

A federal appeals court agreed Monday that the University of Cincinnati should not have suspended a student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student.

Police: Car hits witness in murder case at Vegas courthouse

A vehicle struck and injured a witness in a murder trial on a sidewalk outside a downtown Las Vegas courthouse Monday in a hit-and-run that police called an intentional act.

The Latest: Police say they know about racial complaints

The Latest on a New York Police Department race discrimination lawsuit (all times local):

Shaq, who backed Republican Christie in 2013, backs Democrat

New Jersey native and former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has endorsed a Democrat in this year's contest to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whom he supported in 2013.

Best Buy CEO signs letter with other leaders supporting DACA
Point of Sale

Hubert Joly and other leaders urge President Trump to not end the program that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to continue to work and study in the country

Sen. Klobuchar talks politics on The Daily Show
Hot Dish Politics

Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on The Daily Show Tuesday night to talk about getting things done in Congress, lowering drug prices and the direction of the Democratic party.

The Latest: Seahawks coach calls protest decision difficult

The Latest on President Donald Trump's criticism of protesting athletes (all times EDT):

Police union blasts handling of Utah nurse arrest probe

Two officers under investigation in the rough arrest of a nurse have been unfairly made into pariahs after body-camera footage got widespread attention online, a Utah police union said Monday.

Trump's new travel ban: Third time the charm?

The Trump administration spent months hashing out new travel restrictions on more than a half-dozen countries, determined to avoid the chaos that accompanied President Donald Trump's first travel ban. But critics say it's a mystery why some countries are included and they believe Venezuela and North Korea were added to provide legal and political cover for what they say remains a "Muslim ban."

3 black detectives: NYPD didn't promote us because of race

Three black detectives in the New York Police Department's intelligence division filed a federal lawsuit against the department on Monday, saying they were denied promotions because of their race and less-qualified white officers were promoted instead.

Court: Texas can enforce more of 'sanctuary cities' law

Texas for now can require law enforcement to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation under a new "sanctuary cities" law supported by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.

The Latest: Austin to honor federal immigration detainers

The Latest on a federal appeals court allowing more of a Texas ban on "sanctuary cities" backed by the Trump administration take effect: (all times local):

Former US Rep. Joseph McDade of Pennsylvania dies at 85

Joseph M. McDade, an 18-term Republican congressman who was known for bringing federal dollars home to his northeastern Pennsylvania district and who was acquitted in 1996 on a bribery charge, has died. He was 85.

Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department's regulatory culture to be more business friendly.

Trump revels in drama over spat with NFL

President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.

Senate narrowly backs Trump pick for labor board

The Senate narrowly has confirmed President Donald Trump's choice for the National Labor Relations Board.