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Bipartisan group of legislators urges more transparency on major spending bills

A bipartisan group of state senators is pushing for more transparency and time on major spending bills in the final days of the legislative session.…

Supreme Court trying to find its way after Scalia

Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight?

Former DFL lawmaker running to be Trump delegate to Republican National Convention

Michael Brodkorb

Former DFL legislator Steve Wenzel is running to delegate to the Republican National Convention from Minnesota as a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Seven DFL state senators threaten to withhold votes for bonding bill over Southwest light-rail line

Hot Dish Politics

Seven DFL state senators said they would not support a bonding bill if there is no funding approved for the Southwest Light-Rail Transit project, a train that would run between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

Thought of as a potential hopeful for governor, Kurt Daudt faces major political test

House Speaker Kurt Daudt is facing his biggest test of his meteoric political career, as he tries to navigate a successful end to the legislative…


Criminal justice leaders hail drug sentencing reform as historic compromise

If passed, the bill would be the most significant drug reform in Minnesota in 30 years.


GOP race shifts California's political fault lines

The prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in California has scrambled political fault lines among Republicans in the Golden State and made the June 7 primary difficult to predict.


Trump, Clinton angle for advantage in politics of gender

She has no stamina. She shouts. She's got nothing going for her but being a woman.


Drunken driver crashes into Alaska Governor's Mansion

A suspected drunk driver has been arrested after his truck crashed into the Governor's Mansion, damaging the historic house.


Fantasy sports industry on verge of a big win at Minnesota Capitol

But it's not silencing critics who say it's still gambling.


Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary + Video

Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police Friday outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported.


The Latest: GOP moderate Pete Wilson endorses Cruz in Calif.

The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):


The Latest: Group 'cooperating' after fatal duck boat crash

The Latest on a woman driving a scooter struck and killed by a duck boat in Boston (all times local):


Woman struck, killed by duck boat in downtown Boston

A woman has died after she was struck by an amphibious sightseeing vehicle in downtown Boston.


Former California Gov. Pete Wilson endorses Ted Cruz

In a key pickup for his California campaign, Ted Cruz is being endorsed by former Gov. Pete Wilson.


CA convention is a homecoming of sorts for Carly Fiorina

When Carly Fiorina speaks to the California Republican party convention at a hotel outside San Francisco airport Saturday night, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the newly-minted vice presidential candidate.


Terminating parental rights: State policies vary widely

For child-welfare agencies across the United States, it's the ultimate sanction: terminating the rights of parents to raise their own children due to concerns about abuse and neglect.


Cowabunga! Ninja Turtles are official NYC ambassadors

Cowabunga, dudes! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are New York City's official family ambassadors for 2016.


Secretary of State heads to Switzerland for talks on Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Switzerland this weekend for urgent talks on Syria. His trip comes amid escalating violations of a fragile truce around the city of Aleppo.