Ted Cruz gains in Iowa, looks to broaden appeal

Analysis: Iowa is as good as it gets for a candidate like the senator from Texas.

State Department to release new batch of Clinton emails

The State Department says it will release on Monday approximately 7,800 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails, largely sent or received in 2012 or 2013.

Daudt, other state lawmakers in Turkey as part of U.S. group

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House Speaker Kurt Daudt and two other Minnesota state representatives are in Turkey this week, where international tension is flaring over the country's downing of a Russian warplane.

Judicial panel recommends DHS leader Jesson for Court of Appeals slot

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A state judicial panel has recommended Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and three others to Gov. Mark Dayton as he looks to fill two vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Obama offers governors individualized reports on refugees

The White House is proposing to offer governors individualized reports about refugees in their states.

Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language.

Calendars reveal Clinton's availability to supporters

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family's global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press.

Sanders undergoes elective outpatient hernia procedure

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders underwent an elective outpatient hernia repair procedure on Monday.

Crowded GOP field gives Iowa more heft

First-in-the-nation presidential vote on Feb. 1 will start some serious winnowing

Senate confirms Obama's pick for USAID administrator

The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development after months of delay rooted in a separate dispute over the international nuclear deal with Iran.

Longtime Walker aide Cullen Werwie leaving administration

One of the last members of Gov. Scott Walker's administration who has been with him since first taking office in 2011 is leaving for the private sector.

Key moments in case of teen fatally shot by Chicago cop

A look at key moments in the case of a black teenager who was killed by a white Chicago police officer who shot him 16 times:

GOP lawmakers propose bill shrinking natural resource areas

Republican lawmakers began circulating a bill Monday that would ease the regulatory path for development on bodies of water, saying the changes would streamline state regulations and boost the economy.

Clinton presses Venezuela to uphold will of voters

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says Venezuela's voters should have the final say in their country's presidential elections.

California's top oil regulator quits after 17 months on job

California's top oil regulator announced his resignation on Monday after 17 months as head of the embattled agency, including a criticized episode in which he directed state workers to investigate the oil and gas potential of Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch.

US criticizes imprisonment of China media freedom activist

The United States is criticizing China's imprisonment of a media freedom activist who was sentenced to six years after the late addition of charges that his attorneys were not given a chance to defend against.

Capitol Hill Buzz: New Speaker, new facial hair

New House Speaker. New look: facial hair.

Syrian family to settle in New Jersey

A family from Syria prepared to settle in northern New Jersey Monday, two weeks after Gov. Chris Christie told President Barack Obama that the state wouldn't accept any more Syrian refugees.

Rates soar at weekly US Treasury bill auction

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills soared in Monday's auction to their highest levels since March 2009, as investors expect that the Federal Reserve will soon start raising interest rates.