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Clinton calls Trump's budget a mean-spirited 'con'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the commencement address at Wellesley College, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Wellesley, Mass. Clinton graduated from the school in 1969.

Hillary Clinton peppered her Wellesley College commencement address Friday with barbs aimed at her rival in last year's presidential election, criticizing President Donald Trump's budget proposal as a mean-spirited "con."

GOP holds onto Montana seat, yet both parties optimistic

Greg Gianforte celebrates his win over Rob Quist for the open congressional seat at the Hilton Garden Inn, Thursday night, May 25, 2017, in Bozeman, Mont.

Republicans and Democrats found cause for optimism Friday even as the GOP candidate, facing last-minute assault charges, held onto Montana's sole House seat.

Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

Texas' Republican House speaker said Friday night he's refusing state Senate demands to expand and strengthen a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, jeopardizing one of the most hotly debated pieces of legislation in the country's second-largest state.

The Latest: 22 candidates vying for US Rep. Chaffetz's seat

The Latest on the candidates for U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's seat in Utah (all times local):

Judge blocks further discipline over racist Instagram posts

A federal judge has ordered a California school district not to take any additional disciplinary action against four students over their responses to racist Instagram posts.

Report: Kushner sought secret Kremlin link

President Trump's son-in-law discussed with Moscow's envoy the possibility of setting up secure communications between Russian officials and the Trump transition team, U.S. officials say.

8 counterdemonstrators charged in scuffles at pro-Trump rally in St. Paul

The eight were accused of disrupting a rally held at the Capitol in March.

Morning Hot Dish: Labor's revenge
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Another delay for Minnesota United's stadium tax breaks
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While a bill including the exemptions passed the House on Tuesday evening, it didn't make it out of a special session Wednesday morning.

The Latest: Activist arrested in beatings at Berkeley rally

The Latest on anti-fascist activist arrested for assault (all times local):

Utah senator, mayor among top candidates for Chaffetz's seat

State lawmakers and a mayor were among those expected Friday to lead a packed field of nearly two dozen contenders for the Utah congressional seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Native Alaskans honored for protecting Alaska during WWII

Officials on Friday posthumously honored more than a dozen members of a largely Native Alaskan citizen militia who protected the U.S. territory from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War II, bringing closure to their families for a service that went unrecognized for decades.

If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he's ready

If the FBI wants to talk to Jared Kushner about his Russian contacts, they won't have to track down the president's son-in-law. Amid reports the FBI is scrutinizing Kushner's encounters, his lawyer says he stands ready to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts and his role in Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Trump's budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

He slept next to his son's ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump.

Judge tosses suit against NFL over cheerleader wages

A lawsuit accusing the NFL and team owners of conspiring to suppress wages for cheerleaders lacks evidence to support that claim, a federal judge said.

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday

The Latest: Paper says Kushner sought secret Russia channel

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Solar energy subsidy likely to be cut

The Made in Minnesota program was eliminated in legislation heading to Gov. Mark Dayton.

Republican lawmaker alters UW free speech proposal

A Republican lawmaker wants to alter a contentious bill designed to clamp down on campus protesters by spelling out the behaviors that disrupt free speech and could lead to suspensions and expulsions.