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Trump speaks with Taiwan's president, risking China tensions

FILE � President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on a tour at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis, Dec. 1, 2016. Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan�s president � a first since 1979 � in a move that could precipitate a major rift with China, which has adamantly opposed the attempts of any country to open official relations with it.

President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China.

Dayton, legislative leaders say they are close on possible special session deal

Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt, left, Governor Mark Dayton, center, and Senator Tom Bakk, shown in August.

A special session agenda would include tax cuts, a public works bill and financial assistance for some Minnesotans facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums.

For once, health care provides a silver lining in state budget

State spending came in $245 million lower than expected, mainly because of health care

U.S. judge denies pro-Trump groups' effort to halt Wis. recount

U.S. District Judge James Peterson rejected their request for a temporary restraining order to immediately halt the Wisconsin recount. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Minn. officials project $1.4B budget surplus as fight looms

State budget officials on Friday reported a $1.4 billion projected budget surplus, a sum political leaders will fight over as they debate priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

Howard Dean drops out of DNC race

Howard Dean took himself out of the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, while the frontrunner in the contest, Rep. Keith Ellison, said he may leave his Minnesota congressional seat to serve in the position.

Castro's death celebrations collide with Art Basel Miami

"Fidel, may you rot in hell." That was the stark message on a mural outside a popular thrift store in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood that had dozens waiting in line to sign their name.


Dayton, legislative leaders say they are close on possible special session deal
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A special session agenda would include tax cuts, a public works bill and financial assistance for some Minnesotans facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums.

Liberal Jewish group defends Rep. Keith Ellison in light of criticism of previous comments
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Liberal Jewish group defends Rep. Keith Ellison in light of criticism of previous comments


The DFL’s slide

After crushing victories in 2006 and 2008, the House DFL has suffered defeats the past two election cycles, leaving them with just 57 members, to…


Liberal Jewish group defends Rep. Keith Ellison in light of criticism of previous comments

Liberal Jewish group defends Rep. Keith Ellison in light of criticism of previous comments


Trump's breezy calls to world leaders leave diplomats aghast

The White House weighed in with an offer of professional help.


Keith Ellison's bid to lead Democratic Party runs into resistance

The Anti-Defamation League effectively came out in opposition to his candidacy, citing remarks he made about Israel.


Wounds raw, a shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides

Clinton's communications director said, "I would rather lose than win the way you guys did."


Recount begins in Wisconsin, and it feels like Election Day again

Air of seriousness prevails in Hudson as $3.5 million statewide effort begins.


Dayton has 'expressed concern' about suite use at U.S. Bank Stadium

Still the governor said, media has sensationalized the story.


Trump's pick for Pentagon favors tough stances on Iran, U.S. foes

"We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense," Trump said about retired Marine Gen. James Mattis while in Cincinnati on a post-election "thank-you tour."


Minn. leaders expect to see a modest budget surplus today

Friday's forecast will likely stoke political clashes over tax cuts, infrastructure and health care.


James Mattis bio

James Mattis Born: Sept. 8, 1950, in Pullman, Wash. Career: Enlisted in Marine Corps in 1969; commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Marines; 7th Marine Regiment; 1st…