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Worried aides have new debate strategy for Trump: Practice, practice, practice

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Wednesday. Aides said he will attend the next debate on Oct. 9.

Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation

On Wednesday, the Senate acted decisively to override President Barack Obama's veto of Sept. 11 legislation.

In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.

Senator attends baking contest instead of vets home tour

The state senator calling for a review of conditions at Wisconsin's largest veterans home opted to judge a baking contest rather than tour the facility this summer.

Administration touts paid sick leave for govt contractors

The Obama administration is highlighting new steps to help average working people, including paid sick leave for some.

Justices take up fight over refunding fees in criminal cases

The Supreme Court will decide whether people convicted of crimes but later exonerated can get a refund of court fees and other costs.

AP EXPLAINS: US ceding control of core Internet systems

On Saturday, the U.S. government plans to cede control of some of the internet's core systems — namely, the directories that help web browsers and apps know where to find the latest weather, maps and Facebook musings.

Pennsylvania congressman Tim Murphy helps save man's life

A Pennsylvania congressman helped save the life of a man found unconscious in a Washington, D.C., office building.


Reps. Kline, McCollum, Ellison vote against veto override on 9/11 bill
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Reps. Kline, McCollum, Ellison vote against veto override on 9/11 bill

Conservative-leaning think tank ranks Minnesota 46th in business tax competitiveness
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The Washington, D.C.-based think tank published a ranking of states' business tax competitiveness.


Deep in the Amazon, 'it was Donald Trump's hair hanging out on a tree'

Jeff Cremer says he's not much into politics.His passion and his business is photography, specifically Jeff Cremer photography, based in Lima, Peru.His pictures have appeared…


Gary Johnson stumbles again, can't name his favorite foreign leader

The Libertarian presidential candidate has another "Aleppo moment" when he's asked to name a foreign leader he admires. His running mate comes to his rescue.


Minnesota Lottery players spent record $593M on games, won a record $366M

The $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, hit in January, contributed to the hefty totals for the fiscal year ended in June.


Minnesota Supreme Court dismisses voting rights case from conservative group

The ruling said the broad challenge should first be heard in district court.


Senators want to know if EpiPen maker violated law

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, they question how Mylan classified device in order to lower rebates.


Democrats wary of post-debate overconfidence

Last week, Democrats could hardly hide their neurosis about tightening poll numbers and the pressure on Hillary Clinton to regain her footing in the first…


Reps. Kline, McCollum, Ellison vote against veto override on 9/11 bill

Reps. Kline, McCollum, Ellison vote against veto override on 9/11 bill


How Trump's feud with Rosie O'Donnell started

Hillary Clinton’s accusation during Monday night’s debate that Donald Trump had once mocked a teenage Latina beauty queen as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” unexpectedly…


Arizona Republic has endorsed a Republican every year for 126 years. Until now.

"When the president of the United States speaks, the world expects substance. Not a blistering tweet," it said.


Obama on debate: Trump 'doesn't do his homework'

– President Obama on Wednesday mocked Donald Trump’s debate performance against Hillary Clinton, saying the appearance exposed him as a person who “appears…