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Ex-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords presses for gun measures in Minnesota

With time running out in legislative session, hopes dim for changes this year.

Paulsen donates Hastert contribution to domestic violence prevention

Michael Brodkorb

Congressman Erik Paulsen has donated the contribution his campaign received from a political action committee of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to a domestic violence prevention organization.

Senate DFLers propose borrowing $1.5B for improvement projects

Hot Dish Politics

Senate DFL leaders want to borrowing nearly $1.5 billion to fund a so-called jobs bill that will fund capital improvement projects across Minnesota.

Congressional candidates endorsed by DFL, GOP

Michael Brodkorb

Three congressional candidates were endorsed today at political conventions held across Minnesota.

Sanders wins Democratic presidential primary in Indiana

Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic presidential primary in Indiana, scoring a late primary season victory over front-runner Hillary Clinton.


Ted Cruz exits Republican race for president

Ted Cruz is ending his campaign for president, putting Donald Trump on a glide path to claim the Republican Party's nomination.


Obama preparing to name 1st national monument for gay rights

President Barack Obama is preparing to designate the Stonewall Inn in New York the first national monument dedicated to gay rights.


Ted Cruz ends his bid for Republican presidential nomination

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination.


Indiana GOP voters chose Rep. Todd Young as Senate nominee

Indiana Republican voters chose Rep. Todd Young as their U.S. Senate nominee on Tuesday, opting for his pragmatism over a tea party-backed congressman who boasted of his obstructionist stance in Washington.


Navy SEAL killed in Iraq identified as an Arizona native

The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq has been identified as Charlie Keating IV, the grandson of the late Arizona financier involved in savings and loan scandal.


Maryland police: Fugitive killed himself without warning

Maryland State Police say an armed man wanted on robbery and kidnapping charges fatally shot himself without warning after officers found him at a Baltimore home.


Drought-stricken California boosts conservation for March

Residents of drought-stricken California doubled their water conservation efforts in March compared with the month before by turning off their sprinklers when the rain fell and changing habits, officials said Tuesday.


Nurse who refused to force feed at Guantanamo back to duty

A Navy nurse is resuming full duties nearly two years after running afoul of commanders for refusing to take part in force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Donald Trump wins Republican presidential primary in Indiana

Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential primary in Indiana, continuing his surge toward clinching the GOP nomination over rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich.


Exit poll: Indiana Dems excited, optimistic, GOP divided

Indiana Democrats voting in the state's primary on Tuesday say they're energized and optimistic about their party's nomination process, while Republicans say they're worried their party is being torn apart.


Alaska town's first liquor store in more than 40 years opens

An Alaska town's first liquor store in more than 40 years has opened, and the police chief there worries he won't have enough officers to handle an expected spike in alcohol-related calls.


Sen. Ted Cruz goes off on Donald Trump

What Cruz really thinks of Trump Sen. Ted Cruz, who for months last year embraced Donald Trump as a force for good in the Republican…


Lawsuit accusing Maine governor of blackmail is dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage of using blackmail to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a political foe.


Georgia governor vetoes 'campus-carry' concealed gun bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he has vetoed a bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, rejecting the proposal that was easily approved by a legislature controlled by his own party in an election year.