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Ex-CIA chief: Russians were warned about election meddling

Former CIA Director John Brennan left Capitol Hill on Tuesday after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force.

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress he was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.

Trump budget slashes programs affecting a fifth of Americans

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said of the $1.6 billion in the Trump budget for the creation of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, “We are absolutely dead serious about the wall.” The budget also proposes slashing funding for Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans and many people in nursing homes, by more than $800 billion over 10 years.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a $4 trillion budget plan that culls back or eliminates many programs that the White House says are a waste of money or create too much dependency.

Hundreds honor Montana sheriff deputy killed in line of duty

A Montana sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty last week was remembered as a family man, a man of faith and a dedicated public servant who could be tough when he needed to be but still played dolls with his daughter.

Hines VA Hospital staff working to rid kitchen of roaches

Officials of Hines Veterans Administration Hospital outside Chicago said Tuesday they have been working to solve the problem of cockroaches in food preparation areas and on serving trays handed to patients.

Chaffetz formed new firm before saying he would leave House

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz set up a new company in April, just a day before announcing he wouldn't run for re-election.

As session draws to a close, solitary confinement reform fails to pass

A proposal to expand mental health resources for prisoners also failed to pass.

Oklahoma budget crisis spurs battle among oilmen

An impasse among Oklahoma lawmakers over how to fix the state's worst budget problem in decades has sent the legislature spiraling into chaos and focused blame on the usually sacrosanct oil and natural gas industry for not paying more taxes.


Mail call: Transit advocates will deliver pro-transit postcards to Gov. Dayton
The Drive

Transportation advocates plan to deliver thousands of post cards to the governor, each with a message decrying proposed cuts to transit service and raising objections to possible fare increases.

Sen. Klobuchar vows Judiciary Committee will closely vet Comey's replacement
Hot Dish Politics

As President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey continues to rock the Capitol, Sen. Amy Klobuchar anticipates the Senate Judiciary Committee will play an important role in the aftermath.


Target CEO says import tax bets 'paychecks on an untested theory'

Proponents of the border adjustment told Congress it would aid U.S. manufacturing.


Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall.


State drastically tightens limits on 3M chemicals in groundwater

New limits, half the level set last year by the E.P.A., mainly affect east metro and Bemidji drinking water.


Budget panel delays votes on UW tuition cut, funding

The Legislature's powerful finance committee postponed votes Tuesday on the University of Wisconsin System's budget until later this week as Republican lawmakers quarreled behind closed doors over whether to adopt Gov. Scott Walker's plan to reduce tuition.


Bill could turn back page, return power to Texas board of ed

The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn't like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature.


Rhode Island House passes bill to deregulate hair braiding

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed legislation that would deregulate the business of African-style hair braiding, which practitioners say is a cultural tradition and art form that shouldn't be subject to cosmetology rules.


Fox removes report from website about murdered DNC staffer

Fox News says it has removed from its website a speculative story about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich because it "was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting."


Losing their kicks? Funds for Route 66 towns may be at risk

Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.


The Latest: GOP expects to vote on UW budget Thursday

The Latest on the Legislature's budget committee's actions Tuesday: (all times local):


State budget deal could end measure that would block local workplace rules

Republicans are expected to send the preemption measure to Gov. Mark Dayton as an individual bill, and Dayton would veto it.