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Gov. Dayton says he's open to special session, on his terms

Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the Legislature's failure to pass a bonding or transit bill.

"I am going to take the weekend to think about what requirements I would have to call a special session," the governor said at a news conference.

Clinton email use broke federal rules: inspector's report

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton said she would be happy to "talk to anybody, anytime" about the handling of her official emails as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."

House GOP leaders press for special session at Hwy. 12 in Maple Plain

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Legislative leaders are calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to approve a public-works bill.

Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sends stern letter to Perpich Center for Arts Education

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Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sent a letter to the executive director of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, urging her to hand over information his office is seeking, or face sanction.

Republican National Committee to add staff in Wisconsin

The Republican National Committee says it plans to add 250 additional staffers in battleground states, including Wisconsin.


More than 40 Secret Service staff disciplined in data flap

Forty-one Secret Service employees found to have reviewed private agency records involving a U.S. congressman have been disciplined, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday.


The Latest: First lady addresses Native high school grads

The Latest on Michelle Obama's remarks to graduating seniors at Santa Fe Indian School (all times local):


After focus on social issues, Pence facing tough re-election

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence smiled for the TV cameras this month as a technology company announced plans to hire hundreds of new workers and add its name to the tallest tower in the Indianapolis skyline. Then the celebratory news conference took an awkward turn.


7th vehicle reported struck during highway shooting spree

The number of vehicles struck during a shooting spree along a highway in the Phoenix outskirts has risen to seven.


Moments from Trump's rise in chaotic GOP race, now settled

The nicknames. The outrage. The rallies — and the protests.


California court tosses murder conviction in bite-mark case

The California Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man found guilty of killing his wife after jurors heard bite-mark testimony that was later recanted.


Black activists are looking beyond the courtroom for change

Black activists in Baltimore and beyond say they are disappointed but not discouraged after neither of the first two police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray was convicted.


Arkansas Democrats dropping Jefferson, Jackson from dinner

The Arkansas Democratic Party on Thursday said it's dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson's names from its annual fundraising dinner, joining a growing number of state parties distancing themselves from the slave-owning presidents.


US Interior secretary troubled by auction of sacred items

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday said she's troubled by the auctioning off of objects held sacred by Native American tribes and she's calling on the French government to help find a path toward repatriating the items.


Trump agrees to debate Sanders but sets stiff price

Donald Trump has provisionally accepted Bernie Sanders' proposal to debate, but the billionaire is setting a high price for participating. His condition: The hosting TV network would have to put up millions of dollars for charity.


Sen. Rubio faces pressure to run for re-election to Senate

Sen. Marco Rubio is facing intense pressure to run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taking the lead in a campaign to get him to reconsider his plans to retire.


Louisiana adds police protections to hate-crime laws

Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews.


Wisconsin Democrats to debate eliminating super delegates

Wisconsin Democrats are slated to debate a nonbinding resolution supporting the elimination of super delegates, the party insiders who can support whoever they want for president.


Ginsburg: Having only 8 justices hamstrings Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that having only eight high court justices isn't good, resulting in some 4-4 splits this year that denied litigants an opinion.