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Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention

Stephen Miller, left, a campaign aide, covers the microphone while Donald Trump's campaign strategist Paul Manafort checks the telepromter before Trump spoke at the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York, June 22, 2016.

Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump's presidential campaign before the party's national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the GOP nomination.

Citizenship applications are up amid anti-immigrant rhetoric

Koss Elmi, center, posed with her mom Bilad Ibrahim, left, and Aunt Habiba Farah after she became a U.S. citizen.

Activists point to a range of reasons for the increase, from last year's White House initiative promoting naturalization to the anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail this year.

In his words: Donald Trump's evolving Muslim ban

Donald Trump's proposal to bar foreign Muslims from entering the country was among his most bombastic, helping him stand out in a crowded Republican primary field. Now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the billionaire businessman appears to be reversing his stance. A timeline of Trump's changing language on the issue:

AP FACT CHECK: Some debatable Warren claims at Clinton stop

Hillary Clinton and liberal stalwart Elizabeth Warren campaigned together Monday in Ohio, symbolizing the coming together of the Democratic Party for Clinton's presidential campaign. A sampling of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Terror talk changes as Comey refuses to name gunman

When FBI Director James Comey discussed on national television the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, he made an off-the-cuff policy decision not to speak the gunman's name.

How Clinton's and Trump's economic prescriptions clash

Republican Donald Trump will deliver a speech outlining his trade policies on Tuesday — a talk that is sure to underscore the stark differences between his approach and that of likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton when it comes to handling the economy.

Congressional dysfunction likely to stall Zika funding bill

President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika.


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EMILY'S List endorses Terri Bonoff in race against Rep. Erik Paulsen

EMILY's List, a potent national fundraiser for women candidates who favor abortion rights, is endorsing state Sen. Terri Bonoff as she tries to unseat Rep. Erik Paulsen, who represents Minnesota's Third Congressional District.

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Peterson will support GMO labeling bill if it passes the Senate

Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota will support a Senate bill that requires food sold in the U.S. to carry labels disclosing genetically modified ingredients if it reaches the House for a vote. Peterson, a Democrat who is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, reached that decision after studying a new Senate proposal. If passed by both chambers and signed into law, it would become the nation's first mandatory on-package labeling law for genetically modified organisms - known as GMOs. Peterson voted for a House bill that outlawed mandatory on-package designation of genetically engineered ingredients. But he said that the need for a national labeling policy in lieu of state laws like one that takes effect in Vermont July 1 was more important than deadlocking over on-package GMO labels.


Trump's failed Baja resort fits pattern in candidate's business record

Trump Ocean Resort brought in $32.5 million in buyer deposits, all of it spent by the time Trump and his partners abandoned the project in early 2009 as the global economy was reeling. Most of the buyers sued them for fraud; 250 lost their deposits.


Stung by defeats, Democrats shift strategy on gun control

The party is bringing its case to the people, with leaders urging members to conduct sit-ins around the country as they try to sustain the flash of activism on the gun issue.


Court changes legal landscape for clinics in dozens of states

Analysis: State laws imposing clinic regulations have been a potent tool of abortion foes.


Abortion laws — state by state

State by stateTexas is among 10 states with similar admitting-privileges requirements, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. The requirement is in effect in most…


Supreme Court throws out Texas abortion law

The justices ruled 5 to 3 in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.


Va. case may limit political prosecution

Analysis: McDonnell bribery ruling will make it more difficult to bring public corruption cases.


EMILY'S List endorses Terri Bonoff in race against Rep. Erik Paulsen

EMILY's List, a potent national fundraiser for women candidates who favor abortion rights, is endorsing state Sen. Terri Bonoff as she tries to unseat Rep. Erik Paulsen, who represents Minnesota's Third Congressional District.


Clinton nabs double-digit lead over Trump in new national poll

The survey finds sweeping unease with the presumptive Republican nominee's candidacy — from his incendiary rhetoric to his handling of terrorism and his own business.


Minnesota courts cyberattack underscores growing threat

A recent cyberattack on the Minnesota Judicial Branch's website underscored a growing threat that state officials warn will become more difficult to combat without additional…


A look at the lives of child caretakers

Each day, an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 children across Minnesota provide care to someone in their family who is physically or mentally disabled and is too debilitated to care for themselves. While their friends and classmates indulge in sports and play, these young carers hurry home to perform a dizzying array of chores, and to help their sick or disabled relatives bathe, eat, dress and take their medications.