Sen. Al Franken, facing accusations of sexual harassment, said last week that he would resign "in the coming weeks." Smith would be up for election next November.
Moore's defeat demonstrated the limits of the president's power
Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted.
The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces.
As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight.
Long known as a "velvet hammer" behind the scenes, she must craft her own public persona as Minnesota's next senator.
"Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place.
GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach says she'll keep seat in Senate; Dayton administration disagrees.
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The Giant of the Senate, as Franken jokingly referred to himself in his latest book, is now the Ghost of the Senate.
The sexual harassment scandal has brought new attention to the different disclosure practices that apply to Minnesota institutions.
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Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57.
Weary national Republicans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, a day after voters knocked out their own party's scandal-plagued candidate in deep-red Alabama. Yet all is not well in a party confronted with new rounds of infighting and a suddenly shrinking Senate majority heading into next year's midterm elections.
The executive director of the board that oversees Colorado's public employee pension fund died while snorkeling in Hawaii.
The Latest on the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election (all times local):
Tina Smith built a political career as a behind-the-scenes adviser to some of Minnesota’s most powerful politicians of the last two decades. On Wednesday she…
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Teen use of marijuana remains high and vaping appears to be one reason, a new U.S. survey shows.
The Latest on Republican Roy Moore refusing to concede defeat in Alabama U.S. Senate race (all times local):
President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely.