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Council that will set state lawmakers' pay is a big draw

The new Legislative Salary Council, approved by voters in November, has drawn 250 people to turn in their résumés and applications, hoping to be one of the first to serve.

Miles Lord, a pivotal judge in Minnesota history, dies at 97

Judge Miles Lord in the library of his law office in Chanhassen in 2005.

Miles W. Lord, a former federal judge whose withering criticism of corporate abuses and forceful rulings in favor of women, minorities, workers and consumers, antiwar protesters and the environment gained him a national reputation, died Saturday.

Dayton, legislators push for changes in solitary confinement

Way down in the hole
The four-part series by the Star Tribune investigates the state’s extensive use of solitary confinement, including on mentally ill inmates. startribune.com/solitary

Gov. Dayton, legislators want to expand mental health care for prisoners.

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson to lead State Dept.

President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State on Saturday, a decision that would bring a business leader with close ties to Russia into the Cabinet.

Is the middle class disappearing? Maybe not

Income for Americans in the middle rose at a modest but steady rate over the past 40 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And prices for consumer goods have dropped.

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.

Trump cheered by fans at annual Army-Navy game

Donald Trump was greeted with cheers on his arrival at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, basking in one of the nation's most storied football rivalries as he prepares to enter the White House.


U.S. House hearing finds federal government overdosing on secrecy

The number of new classified records fell to a record low in 2014, before rising somewhat last year.

Sen. Franken gets a Trump chia, Klobuchar gets a moose mug in Senate gift exchange
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Franken's Senate Santa gift exchange had 59 senators participating in exchanging gifts -- in a mostly bipartisan fashion.


Teamsters rally outside Kline's office over pension issue

Congressman's pension reform bill has been tabled, but retirees say they're still concerned.


U.S. House hearing finds federal government overdosing on secrecy

The number of new classified records fell to a record low in 2014, before rising somewhat last year.


Democrats contemplate their future in a time of Trump

– It was a blunt, plain-spoken set of senators who gathered Monday at the Washington home of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., dining on…


Donald Trump's hardest and easiest campaign promises

President-elect Donald Trump made many sweeping promises on his way to victory on Election Day. After he is sworn in on Jan. 20, here are…


Russia intervened in election to help Trump, CIA officials say

In a secret assessment shared with key senators, CIA briefers said it was now "quite clear" that electing Trump was Russia's goal, the Washington Post reported, citing officials.


Trump team's questions for Energy Dept. raise concerns

The Trump transition team has a list of 74 questions, asking agency officials to identify which employees and contractors have worked on an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut carbon output.


Trump's election could affect Minnesota's search to fill two federal judge vacancies

The election of Donald Trump has introduced fresh uncertainty into the effort to fill two judicial vacancies in Minnesota, leaving the possibility that the state’s…


Vendors pitch MNsure on website upgrades

Amid uncertainty, the state health insurance exchange wants to improve the online experience for shoppers.


Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.


Group urges Trump to divest from private business

Six days before Donald Trump is set to announce a plan to exit operations of his company, former Republican officials and a conservative author who…