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Trump strains to unite GOP, with Paul Ryan's wavering

Donald Trump is struggling in his efforts to unify the Republican Party, a task underscored by a startling exchange of negative comments with GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan who said he was not ready to support Trump.

MnSCU drops North Carolina travel ban

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has lifted a ban on travel to North Carolina over that state's law limiting the rights of LGBT people.

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.

In Trump's rise, allies see harsher American approach to foreign policy

Whether or not he wins, leaders wary of a shift in American foreign policy.


Trump returns to campaign trail, targets Clinton on coal

Republican Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail for his first rally as his party's presumptive nominee on Thursday night, delivering a series of searing attacks against likely rival Hillary Clinton and making clear he has no intention of toning down the rhetoric that drove his spectacular rise.


House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP.


Dayton and DFLers press GOP for details of bonding proposal

House Republicans have offered to spend $600M on statewide projects.


Obama administration proposed rules aimed at tax evasion

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclosure more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers.


The Latest: Union: Verdict 'just' for teen in NY cop's death

The Latest on the trial of a New York City teenager who prosecutors say started a mattress fire that killed a police officer and injured his partner (all times local):


Woman accused of killing Gila monster pleads not guilty

An Arizona woman accused of killing a federally protected Gila monster and bragging about it online has pleaded not guilty.


Republican lawmaker questions MNsure on tax forms

Tax day has passed, but the fighting over late tax forms from MNsure endures. In a letter this week to the health exchange, Rep. Greg…


Rapper uses flag and noose to protest Confederate month

A rapper draped herself in a Confederate battle flag and hung a noose around her neck during a performance to protest Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's proclamation of April as Confederate Heritage Month.


Warning against Trump, Clinton urges Democrats to unite

Hillary Clinton urged Democrats on Thursday to unite around her candidacy as a way of fending off Republican Donald Trump, telling black community leaders that her advantage over Bernie Sanders far outpaces the deficit she faced in the 2008 primaries.


Judge says 10 seized animals should be returned to Ohio farm

A judge on Thursday said five tigers and five other animals seized from a northeast Ohio farm should be returned, though the state stood by its actions and maintained that the owner hasn't met Ohio's tightened restrictions on keeping exotic animals.


Trump's Cinco de Mayo post draws ire from some Latinos

Donald Trump's social media post on Thursday to mark Cinco de Mayo immediately went viral, spawning criticism from some Latino groups that found it offensive and pandering.


AP Source: Clinton aide interviewed in email investigation

The FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of a federal investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, a person familiar with the probe said Thursday.


US military supporting Yemen in fight against al-Qaida

The Pentagon is providing military support, intelligence, ships and special operations forces to help in the ongoing operations against al-Qaida militants in Yemen, U.S. officials said Thursday.


Decade after Katrina, New Orleans poised to regain schools

More than a decade after a catastrophic hurricane led to the state's takeover of most New Orleans public schools, Louisiana's Legislature is poised to return oversight to a local school board that was once widely maligned.