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Lawmakers admonish ethics official over tweets about Trump

Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, arrives for a scheduled meeting with the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Lawmakers from both parties on Monday admonished a federal ethics official who sent a series of tweets commenting on President Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest.

Dayton's State of the State will set stage for 2017 session

Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to lay out his vision for 2017 and beyond.

South Dakota museum awarded ownership of Presley guitar

A federal judge ruled Monday that a South Dakota museum is the legal owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley.

GOP gains bring fresh hope as abortion foes rally in St. Paul

March for Life participants optimistic about new restrictions.

Trump stands firm; he will not release his tax returns

Petition on White House website calls for immediate release of his returns.

Alec Baldwin's Trump wasn't on 'SNL,' but mock-Putin was

Maybe Alec Baldwin was busy. Maybe "Saturday Night Live" figured viewers had seen plenty of President Donald Trump for real this inauguration weekend.

The Latest: California lawmakers confirm attorney general

The Latest on the California Senate's consideration of attorney general nominee Xavier Becerra:


'Protect Life' sign in Minnesota Senate Building office window stirs controversy
Hot Dish Politics

A DFL state Senator has asked that a sign hung in the window of a Republican colleague be taken down because it might violate a zoning ordinance.

If Ellison wins DNC post, state Sen. Dibble will run for Congress after all
Hot Dish Politics

If U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison vacates his congressional seat for top DNC job, state Sen. Scott Dibble will run, reversing a previous decision to stay out of the race to replace him.


California confirms Trump opponent as attorney general

In their first official action since Donald Trump became president, California lawmakers on Monday confirmed a new attorney general who has vowed to defend the state's liberal policies against the Trump administration and a Republican Congress.


7 people buried in the wrong graves at veterans' cemetery

Seven people were buried in the wrong graves at a veterans' cemetery because grave markers in one row were off by a burial plot.


The Latest: Judge postpones sentencing of utility in blast

The Latest on a sentencing hearing for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in a criminal case tied to a deadly blast in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local):


Arkansas lawmakers approve governor's $50M tax cut plan

Arkansas lawmakers approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million low-income tax cut plan on Monday, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years.


Unidentified 'woman' in selfie with senators is, well, our senator

A photo of a beaming, bespectacled woman in a yellow coat attending President Trump's inauguration Friday made the rounds on social media this weekend, inspiring laughs and cries of sexism.


The Latest: Trump, Schumer joust over Cabinet picks

The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST):


US fights Microsoft's bid to tell users when feds take data

The U.S. Justice Department asked a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit from Microsoft and keep a law that prohibits technology companies from telling customers when the government demands their electronic data.


Illinois concealed carry rules survive suits by gun owners

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand an Illinois system of issuing concealed carry permits that gun owners had complained violated their constitutional rights.


Changes mulled as synthetic drug sentences cause confusion

The men who sold it called it Mr. Miyagi, a mind-altering chemical compound mixed with vegetable material and resembling marijuana.


Trump moves to pull US out of big Asia trade deal

Charting a new American course abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack Obama's attempts to counter China and deepen U.S. ties in Asia.