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Families of the fallen, and their presidents

George W. Bush, Barack Obama or Donald Trump.

Trump and the new politics of honoring war dead

After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from President Donald Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences, wrote to him to say "some days I don't want to live," and still heard nothing.

Summary of Senate bipartisan health care agreement

Senate health care deal in doubt as Trump says he's opposed

A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception.

GOP budget that's key to taxes moving ahead in Senate

The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code.

Democratic senators to press Sessions on talks with Trump

Democratic senators plan to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his private communications with the president when he appears before a Senate committee Wednesday to discuss his leadership of the Justice Department.

Trump's lawyers to ask for dismissal of lawsuit

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are asking a federal judge to toss a civil lawsuit accusing the president of violating the Constitution because his businesses accept money from foreign governments.


A new logo sat affixed to a Minneapolis police patrol vehicle that will indicate that it is fitted with a Mobile Little Free Library carrying books to share with community members.

Minneapolis police, Little Free Library launch mobile book-sharing program

Speakers overwhelmingly favor giving Lake Calhoun new name
Time for hooky: Minnesota soaks up picture-perfect days
Somali community leaders announce fundraising for Mogadishu victims

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Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler

Is this finally the year for the Wolves to dazzle?

Relax, Vikings fans. Bridgewater doesn't need to rush return
Rodgers injury adds another level to Vikings-Packers rivalry
Souhan: Butler's arrival makes this the best roster in Wolves history

JetBlue will begin flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Boston's Logan Airport in May.

JetBlue says it will begin MSP-Boston flights starting in May

Minnesota plans a 'modest' bid in high-stakes Amazon battle
Target opening small-format store in Uptown, dozen other places
SBA administrator visits Twin Cities, lauds growth of women in business

A voter displays a "I voted" sticker in a polling station at the Chinese Community Church in Washington, April 3, 2012. Voters are headed to the polls in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington Tuesday to continue the narrowing of the field in the Republican presidential nominating contest. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: MIN2012103114204975 ORG XMIT: MIN1605270022560612

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One-two punch from feds punishes Minnesota for health care innovation
Sack cartoon: Pesky press
Readers Write: Puerto Rico and the island territories, sexual misconduct, Vikings game, University of Minnesota

Sasha Houston Brown, center, battled for the ball during an evening of the Creator’s game, which closely resembles lacrosse, in a Minneapolis park.

Minnesota's Native American health advocates use old games as new cures for obesity

'Wayzata needs a breakfast place': Benedict's Morning Heroes opens today
'Music Man' delivers its irresistible pitch at Bloomington arts center
Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

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Ex-WCCO Radio guy gets national TV face time with a Weiner
C.J.

Former WCCO-AMer Jeff McKinney shot to international fame Tuesday after he inadvertently photo-bombed Anthony Weiner's latest sexting news conference.

Franken can't hide love for corn
C.J.

Sen. Al Franken knows how to find a few minutes of semi-privacy at the State Fair so he can eat an ear of corn.

GOP Muslim: Right is wrong on mosque
Jon Tevlin

Imam Ikram ul-Huq thinks the debate over a mosque near the site of the former Twin Towers is dumb and downright un-American.


Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., center, leaves a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, after he and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., say they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked.

Senate health deal could spare MinnesotaCare millions in cuts

Minnesota plans a 'modest' bid in high-stakes Amazon battle
Trump speaks with relatives of 4 soldiers killed in Niger, White House says
Walker rides Harley, jogs in new video touting record

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about campus sexual assault and enforcement of Title IX, the federal law that bars discrimination in education on the basis of gender, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at George Mason University Arlington, Va., campus.

States sue DeVos to get for-profit college rule restored

Chicago fires 2 officers in United passenger dragging case
NTSB: Balloon crash pilot was as impaired as a drunk driver
Drug industry undermined DEA as opioid epidemic exploded

In this picture taken on Monday Oct. 16, 2017 and provided by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), shows Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters on a destroyed building during their battle against the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria.

US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa

Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall
George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins Booker prize
Somali community leaders announce fundraising for Mogadishu victims

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in August at training camp at Minnesota State University Mankato.

Relax, Vikings fans. Bridgewater doesn't need to rush return

Rodgers injury adds another level to Vikings-Packers rivalry
Strong defensive tackle play stopped Packers before Rodgers' injury
Sam Ponder battles Barstool Sports, with ESPN awkwardly in the middle

Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler

Is this finally the year for the Wolves to dazzle?

Souhan: Butler's arrival makes this the best roster in Wolves history
Thibodeau asks Wolves for more three-point shots
Five questions, five answers about the Timberwolves in 2017-18

Mikael Granlund is one of three injured wingers, leaving the Wild with only eight healthy forwards for practice Tuesday.

Wild's practice subdued as three forwards battle injuries

Parise leaves ice at practice; Wild suits up assistant to help out
Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start
Boudreau discusses Parise, Granlund injuries

Donna Karan attends the 2017 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at Park Avenue Armory on May 12, 2017 in New York City.

Donna Karan begs forgiveness for Harvey Weinstein remarks

'Project Runway' fashion designer Mychael Knight dies
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting child in April
C.J.: Ex-Viking, retired Justice Alan Page might not kneel but identifies with Castile

Trump tells widow of fallen soldier he knew what he signed up for

President Donald Trump told the widow of a slain soldier that he "knew what he signed up for," according to a Florida congresswoman.


Walker rides Harley, jogs in new video touting record

Gov. Scott Walker rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and jogs in a red Wisconsin T-shirt on a new campaign video touting his record ahead of his run for re-election.


Judge: Newest travel ban 'same maladies' as previous version

Just hours before President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version.


As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when — and how — the probes will end.


CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.