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New Dem Party chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite party

Thomas Perez, the former labor secretary, hugged Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting in Atlanta on Saturday. Perez narrowly beat Ellison in a run-off vote to serve as the new chairman..

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election.

S. Carolina law makes it tough to lower Confederate flags

In the aftermath of the racially motivated Charleston church slayings in 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse during an elaborate nationally televised ceremony.

Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda

Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency.

New DNC chair Perez wants to make Ellison 'the face of the Democratic Party'

After losing bid for national political job, Ellison will remain in Congress.

Sunday liquor sales heads for final Minnesota Senate vote

Minnesota lawmakers are on the brink of legalizing Sunday liquor sales.

Sheriff: Gunman killed after firing at Florida pipeline site

A man who fired shots at a central Florida construction site died during a shootout with sheriff's deputies following a chase.

Report: Hotel near Mount Rushmore faces more problems

The owner of a hotel near Mount Rushmore has bigger problems than just a potential shutdown of his septic system by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report published Sunday.

Rep. Keith Ellison in tight race in today's vote to lead DNC
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For DNC chair hopefuls, the race could be won by just a few votes

Trump appears to accept invitation to visit Minnesota mine
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As part of a listening session, Trump met with manufacturing executives on Thursday and appears to have accepted an invitation to tour U.S. Steel's

Father of dead Navy SEAL refused to meet Trump at ceremony

The father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into its planning and criticized the Trump administration for its timing.

Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia

The Pentagon wants to expand the military's ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said.

Officials: Trump isn't cutting Medicare, Social Security

Administration officials say President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare.

Lawmakers push for hemp comeback in Wisconsin

Republican lawmakers want to help Wisconsin's once-dominant hemp industry make a comeback, giving farmers the chance to add a versatile and hardy plant to their fields.

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again

Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock.

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage.

Naming airport after Clintons doesn't fly with GOP lawmaker

With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, a Republican state lawmaker is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats — Bill and Hillary Clinton — from Little Rock's airport.

Air Force officer's sexual assault sentence called lenient

An Air Force noncommissioned officer convicted of misconduct with eight women, including three who accused him of sexually assaulting them, was sentenced to three months confinement and another month of hard labor, a punishment a victims' rights advocate called "shockingly light."

9 drown as boat capsizes in India

A government official says at least nine Indian tourists drowned as a fishing boat sank during a joyride in the Bay of Bengal in southern…

White House dodging questions of Sessions' role in FBI probe

The White House is dodging questions about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should consider withdrawing from the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.