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McConnell's reputation as a master tactician takes a hit

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, tells reporters he is delaying a vote on the Republican health care bill while the GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The forces arrayed against McConnell were many, including doctors and hospitals, patient advocacy groups and, perhaps more than anyone else, governors.

Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

In this Monday, June 26, 2017 photo, Councilman Eric Mays walks out of the Flint City Council meeting as Quincey Murphy walks up to give a public comment discussing the city's water problems and other issues at City Hall in Flint, Mich. Flint extended its water contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority to September as the impoverished Michigan city struggles to recover from a lead-tainted water crisis. (Shannon Millard/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council's refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering public health in the wake of a man-made crisis that left the supply contaminated with lead.

Lawsuit challenges Seattle campaign-contribution vouchers

A new lawsuit is challenging Seattle's first-in-the-nation voucher system for publicly financing political campaigns.

Trump attacks Washington Post, Amazon over 'internet taxes'

President Donald Trump attacked The Washington Post and Amazon on Twitter Wednesday, arguing that the online retailer was not paying "internet taxes."

White House reporter says he's tired of being bullied

The reporter who interrupted a White House briefing to complain about the Trump administration's treatment of the press says he's tired of being bullied.

House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

A House committee has approved a bill that would revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.

Trump compliments Irish reporter on her 'nice smile'

President Donald Trump interrupted a telephone conversation with Ireland's prime minister to compliment an Irish journalist on her "nice smile."


Big ideas for open government fall short at Legislature

Transparency advocates had grand plans for improving public access to government information in Minnesota this legislative session. One proposal would have stopped the mass…

Tevlin: Health care debate is 'legacy' of the times
Jon Tevlin

Rep. Keith Ellison, a Fifth District Democrat, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd in the Third District, about the proposed changes to health care.


Campaigner-in-chief: Trump's politicking raises ethics flags

Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election.


GOP-controlled House subcommittees reject Trump budget cuts

Two Republican-controlled House subcommittees Wednesday soundly rejected President Donald Trump's proposals to slash the Agriculture Department, overseas food aid and water projects.


Watchdog says former governor's tweet broke federal law

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has been accused of a violating a law limiting government employees' political activity by voicing support for a South Carolina congressional candidate.


Dem want Pentagon to give breakdown of Trump's travel costs

Two House Democrats want to require the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties that he and his family own.


Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy

Stacey English has modest desires for her 7-year-old daughter Addison: Be able to eat without gagging and move both her arms.


7 couples from same town charged with public benefits fraud

Seven married couples from the same New Jersey shore town, including a rabbi and his wife, now face charges that they misrepresented their income to get a combined $2 million in public welfare benefits they weren't entitled to.


Condoleezza Rice: Trump understands 'value of alliances'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is giving President Donald Trump a vote of confidence on international diplomacy.


98-year-old activist arrested during pipeline protest

A 98-year-old activist has been arrested on a trespassing charge during a protest at a natural gas pipeline project in Massachusetts.


Gay marriage-recusal law survives federal court challenge

North Carolina's law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages survived a challenge Wednesday when an appeals court determined that three couples weren't harmed enough to fight the state's use of taxpayer money to apply the law.


The Latest: Fitzgerald says budget talks 'back on track'

The Latest on Wisconsin state budget (all times local):