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White House gambles, demands make-or-break health care vote

Parked cars surrounded the U.S. Capitol with the lights on the U.S. House still on late Thursday as members prepare for a Friday vote on health care.

Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails.

With $300M in private funds, Mayo project set to get $585M in public aid

The Mayo Clinic raised the $200 million it needed for its expansion to trigger state funding for the Destination Medical Center project.

Public dollars pledged by Legislature will now be available for Destination Medical Center project.

Markets Right Now: US stocks are higher in early trading

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says after the battle over health care, the administration will turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.

Lawmaker takes heat over bill that would hide his tickets

A Tennessee lawmaker is taking heat after being accused of sponsoring a bill that would hide his own unpaid speeding tickets from the public.

The Latest: Trump ties health care vote to abortion

The Latest on an effort in Congress to pass a health care bill (all times local):

North Dakota governor signs concealed carry bill into law

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation that will allow most adults to carry a hidden firearm without a permit, making North Dakota one of about a dozen "constitutional carry" states.


Where Minnesota's delegation stands on GOP health care bill
Hot Dish Politics

As the House prepares to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, here's what Minnesota's federal representatives have been saying about the bill.

Sens. Franken, Klobuchar question Neil Gorsuch on big business
Hot Dish Politics

Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.


Wisconsin's budget could be $1 billion shot by 2021

Wisconsin's state budget could be more than $1 billion in the red by 2021, based on the proposal submitted by Gov. Scott Walker that the Legislature is considering.


White House gambles, demands make-or-break health care vote

The House steered toward a climactic vote Friday on the Republican health care overhaul, plunging ahead despite deep uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress.


Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.


House Intelligence chairman apologizes to colleagues after Trump briefing

The White House claimed vindication while the House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized in the wake of his decision to brief President Donald Trump on secret intelligence intercepts related to a probe of Russian interference in the election.


Critics scoff at all-male photo of GOP health care talks

A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the GOP health care bill that was tweeted out by Vice President Mike Pence is drawing criticism from Democrats.


Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.


US drug trial delayed for Haitian politician, coup leader

A trial on U.S. drug trafficking charges has been delayed a month for a former Haitian coup leader and recent senator-elect in that country.


Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal

President Donald Trump, the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," is about to see his deal-making abilities ratified in a legislative showdown on the House floor — or dramatically rebuffed.


Next steps on health care: To be decided

Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. The delay was a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. After meeting behind closed doors with Trump administration officials Thursday night, House Republicans agreed to vote on the bill Friday.


New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

With control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, Republicans were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity.