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Fight against terror will grow in Africa, Mattis tells senators

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, walk outside McCain’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

The defense secretary said the military would be changing how it decides when to use ground troops and when troops should be deployed in more of an advisory role after the deadly ambush in Niger.

How Sarah Huckabee Sanders sees the world

insider: Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ role is a point of pride for many evangelicals.

As the public face of the U.S. president, Sanders is a fitting symbol for her fellow religious conservatives.

John Kerry bashes Trump on climate, Department of State jobs

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is faulting President Donald Trump's administration for failing to fill many diplomatic positions and top Department of State posts and is criticizing his stance on climate change.

Clarence Purfeerst, quotable longtime state senator, dies at 89

His most enduring legacy was his knack for the mangled axiom, which came to be known as "Purfer-isms."

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year's end.

Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar pushes for transparency in online political ads

The stronger proposed disclosure rules from Minnesota's Klobuchar and colleagues are aimed at diluting Russian interference in elections.

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.

Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump's nominees for key regulatory posts.

Monsanto sues Arkansas board for banning disputed herbicide

A major agribusiness company sued Arkansas regulators on Friday for banning its version of an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and caused widespread damage.

EPA removes online links to climate-change resources

– The Environmental Protection Agency has removed dozens of online resources dedicated to helping local governments address climate change, part of an apparent…

Juvenile prison employees described chaotic environment

Workers at troubled youth prisons in northern Wisconsin told a state senator that conditions there are chaotic and they are afraid of getting killed by inmates, records released Friday show.

Navajo case challenging Utah mail-in ballots heads to trial

A lawsuit filed by members of the Navajo Nation who say mail-in voting in southern Utah disenfranchises tribal voters is headed for trial.

Arctic refuge drilling closer as Senate moves to open site

Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one step closer to oil and gas drilling.

Melania Trump donates inaugural ball gown to Smithsonian

Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wisconsin Assembly bills target Alzheimer's, dementia

Several proposals targeting Alzheimer's Disease and dementia are being circulated in the Wisconsin Legislature, the latest attempt to improve care both for patients and family members.

Retired solider to challenge Kind for House seat

A retired soldier has announced a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Ron Kind next year.

Senate GOP backs budget, clears the way for tax overhaul

Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades.