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Trump's team takes charge

Trump cabinet nominees 2017

These men and women are preparing to steer the federal government. James Mattis and John Kelly were confirmed Friday; the rest are waiting for approval. A closer look:

Trump takes charge, assertive but untested 45th US president

President Donald Trump arrives with first lady Melania Trump, at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

Trump White House ringed by 'swamp' denizens despite pledge

Mike Pence has returned to Washington. So has his closest political ally, Bill Smith.

Missouri college to appeal ruling over student drug testing

A central Missouri technical college plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the school's mandatory drug testing policy that federal appeals courts have deemed unconstitutional.

National Park Service tweeting again after suspension

The Interior Department began tweeting again Saturday, a day after an employee shared tweets that appeared unsympathetic to President Donald Trump and prompted a temporary, department-wide freeze on tweeting from its official accounts.

Organizers expect 20K women for anti-Trump march in St. Paul

Organizers expect more than 20,000 people to attend a women's march in St. Paul to protest against Donald Trump's new presidency.

Tens of thousands march in St. Paul with message for Trump

"We've come a long way, and we could lose it in a heartbeat," said one protester about the election of Donald Trump. Police estimated the crowd as 45,000 to 60,000 strong.


'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.


'It's just beautiful,' says one Minnesota protester upon D.C. arrival

Many had spent 24 or so hours on a bus, but their enthusiasm remained strong.


'It's just beautiful,' says one Minnesota protester upon D.C. arrival

Many had spent 24 or so hours on a bus, but their enthusiasm remained strong.


The Latest: Israeli president invites Trump to Israel

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):


Hundreds of thousands of women protest against Trump

Wearing pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women massed in the nation's capital and cities around the globe Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won't let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.


The Latest: Too many protesters to hold march in Chicago

The Latest on the Women's March on Washington and associated protests around the world (all times EST):


Correction: Police-Mental Health story

In a story Jan. 19 about a report on the NYPD's mental health crisis training program, The Associated Press erroneously reported whether Sgt. Hugh Barry had received the training. Barry had not participated in the four-day program, according to the Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police Department.


Trump opens first full day on job at church

President Donald Trump opened his first full day as president Saturday at a national prayer service, the final piece of transition business for the nation's new chief executive before a promised full-on shift into governing.


Minnesota's Game and Fish Fund faces looming budget deficit

A deficit is looming in the fund that provides most of the dollars for Minnesota's fish and wildlife programs, and it's projected to go into the red as soon as next year. That could mean deep cuts to programs that are important to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans unless lawmakers take action. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to make a proposal for addressing the problem when he releases his budget plan Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the issues:


In South Dakota, lawmaker dealings with interns scrutinized

A South Dakota House member's admission this week that he had sexual contact with two interns has raised questions — and conflicting accounts — about the ways legislators and interns interact in this tiny government town.


Amid first-day pomp, President Trump makes first move on changes to Obamacare

Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House, aiming his first executive at Obamacare.