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National group sets up shop in Minnesota to support Paulsen

Siblings Chelsea Montgomery, 18, and Chris Montgomery, 15, worked the phones at the Congressional Leadership Fund headquarters in Bloomington.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a deep-pocketed national super PAC, gets a jump on the fierce campaign battle for the seat 15 months before the election.

Senate begins voting on 'skinny repeal' bill targeting Obamacare

In this July 18, 2017 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a pared-down health care bill that he hoped would keep alive Republican ambitions to repeal "Obamacare."

AP Explains: What is Venezuela's constituent assembly?

Christie: Public outcry over Beachgate 'hurt' family

Gov. Chris Christie says public outcry over his decision to lounge with his family on a public beach that was closed during New Jersey's government shutdown "upset his children more than anything else" since he's been in office.

White House aide's tirade tests editors and producers

A presidential aide's explosion of profanity while talking to a reporter about his new White House colleagues tested newsroom leaders Thursday, forcing decisions about whether to use the graphic language or leave much of what he said to the imagination of readers and viewers.

Police standards board rejects naming training fund for Castile

A new state training fund for police officers will not be named for Philando Castile, despite Gov. Mark Dayton's recommendation.

Safety net clinics in Minnesota face loss of federal funds

As Congress debates health care, $27 million in federal aid for state's rural and needy is in jeopardy. Cutbacks and closures could follow.


Thousands of unexploded bombs are another "secret war" legacy
Secrecy Rules

The landscape of Laos was sown with cluster bombs that continue to maim and kill, more than 40 years later.

Paulsen raised $565K in second quarter
Hot Dish Politics

Paulsen's newly Democratic challenger raised nearly as much in half the time this spring.


The Latest: Scaramucci steps back from 'colorful language'

The Latest on White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and his complaints about White House leaks to the news media (all times local):


Trump's chief of staff in tight spot

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may have little left of his job but his title.


Scaramucci reports more than $50m in assets

He vows to be a fresh voice in the Trump administration, but in one way he is like many of the others: He is wealthy, with a vast and complicated array of assets.


New deal reached to fix VA budget crisis after vets protest

Congressional Republicans and Democrats reached agreement Thursday on a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fill a shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs' program of private-sector care, seeking to avert a disruption to medical care for thousands of veterans.


State dealing with glitches in new license tab, plate computer system

Some vehicle owners are reporting long waits for their tabs, titles and plates.


Officer dies after shot multiple times in Indianapolis

A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday.


Warfare in the West Wing: Scaramucci takes aim at Priebus

Trump's new spokesman slams Priebus, Bannon in crass rant.


The Latest: Texas executes prisoner for woman's 2004 killing

The Latest on the execution scheduled in Texas for a man who killed a San Antonio woman in 2004 (all times local):


The Latest: McConnell release text of pared-down health bill

The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local):


Border adjustment tax dropped from GOP budget plans

GOP budget drops the tax that Target CEO called "an unproven and untested theory."