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Dayton calls for 6 weeks paid parenting leave for state workers

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday pushed for six weeks of paid leave for all new parents employed by the state, saying the bonding between newborns and parents "is just crucial."

Kline blasts Obama's war policies, worries about health of Minn. GOP

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Rep. John Kline, Republican serving his final year in Congress after 14 years, criticized the Obama Administration's handling of foreign military crises, elaborated on his recent presidential endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio and visibly worried over the state of the Minnesota Republican Party and its chances of retaining his seat in the Republican fold.

House Republicans call on Gov. Mark Dayton to halt childcare union election

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Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday calling on him to halt an election that began Monday in which independent childcare providers are deciding whether to form a union.

GOP talks term limits, residency in 2nd District debate

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With U.S. Rep. John Kline not seeking another term, the race is wide open to replace him.

Obama admin says it won't use Ebola funding to combat Zika

The Obama administration says it does not want to use money Congress provided to fight the Ebola virus to combat the Zika virus and mosquitoes that spread it.


Howe and Lewis spar over abortion in Second District debate

John Howe and Jason Lewis sparred over abortion rights during a debate between the Republican candidates for Congress in Minnesota Second Congressional District.


Viewer's Guide: What to watch on the day after New Hampshire

Buh bye, scarves and boots. The presidential race is sprinting on from snowy New Hampshire to South Carolina and Nevada — perhaps with a smaller cast of characters.


Mother of unarmed man fatally shot in back is suing police

The mother of an unarmed man fatally shot in the back by a Los Angeles police officer last year sued the city and its police chief Tuesday, saying the death is emblematic of a culture of excessive force.


Lawsuit alleges Tennessee has 'hostile sexual environment'

A lawsuit filed by a group of women alleges that the University of Tennessee has violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.


Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.


U.S., Japan postpone talks on Haneda expansion

Delta, Minnesota political leaders see threat to MSP-Tokyo route.


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LA city, county pass sweeping plans against homelessness

Los Angeles city and county officials have approved sweeping plans to deal with homelessness at a cost of billions over a decade.


Obama unveils record $4.1 trillion election-year budget

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks.


Bergdahl case delayed over classified information dispute

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals has temporarily halted the desertion case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off an outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, while it considers a dispute between the sides about how to handle classified information.


Highlights of President Obama's 2017 budget

Budget highlightsAgriculture: The proposal includes $12 billion over 10 years to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. Benefits would be loaded onto…


Obama congratulates Broncos on Super Bowl win

President Barack Obama says via Twitter that he has passed along his congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning the Super Bowl.


Kim Davis obeying orders in gay marriage case, judge rules

A federal judge ruled that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has obeyed his orders in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages.


Conservative opposition threatens criminal justice overhaul

A handful of Senate Republicans on Tuesday dealt a severe blow to prospects for overhauling the criminal justice system in Congress this year, with one lawmaker calling the bipartisan legislation championed by President Barack Obama and some prominent conservatives "a massive social experiment in criminal leniency."