Amy Klobuchar

In shutdown, thousands in Minnesota could face furloughs, unpaid work

The effect on federal departments vary widely, but one group that will feel it the most will be federal employees in Minnesota and across the nation.

Tina Smith

Trump Demands Babies Not Be Born After Nine Months: No, Really, He Said This

President is even wrong about the thing he got wrong<p>President Trump made one of his more confusing slips Friday, appearing to defy the laws of nature …

Elections

The senators whose votes will determine whether the government shuts down

It's more likely than not the government will shut down by midnight Friday. That's because a chunk of Senate Democrats and Republicans might vote against a short-term spending bill the House of Representatives just passed to keep the government open for another month.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Politics

Does the Vikings defense compare to the Purple People Eaters? Ask Alan Page

Alan Page, now a retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice, is one of the few Vikings who played in all four of the team’s Super Bowl appearances.He …

Stefon Diggs

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Eve Smith <evesmith@invisiblehandstratergies.com><p><b>Silicon Valley, we have a problem</b><p>1 message<p><b>Eve Smith</b>, Invisible Hand Strategies, LLC …

Economics

Debunking the Lie that Dreamers Can Wait

As the Trump administration and Congress continue to drive the country toward an unnecessary and chaotic government shutdown, there appears to be …

Immigration

For Minnesota, a shutdown could have major implications

Smith, other lawmakers from state express frustration.

Tina Smith

Feds Team with Foreign Policy Experts to Assess US Election Security

Expert panel lays out potential risks for the 2018 election cycle and beyond<p>Speaking at a panel on election security in Chicago last night, Douglas …

Cybersecurity

Presidential Hopefuls in the Senate Are Pushing Democrats to the Left

WASHINGTON — It was a made-for-TV moment, perfect for a presidential campaign advertisement.<p>His fists clenched and his voice rising, Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, delivered a 10-minute verbal thrashing to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week, recalling his “tears of …

Democratic Party

Congress should overturn FCC decision on net neutrality

It was poorly thought out and could hurt millions of consumers.

Opinion

Klobuchar collects on Vikings win, Louisiana senator settles bet with Mardi Gras king cake

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Wednesday collected on her Vikings-Saints wager with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana.<p>After re-living …

John Kennedy

Senators Threaten Legislation Over Social Media Firms' Content

Big social media companies made a case against new legislative mandates by emphasizing their voluntary efforts to root out terrorism-related material …

Politics

Minn. Senator Amy Klobuchar I'm a a Hardcore Vikings Fan ... 'I Was at the Game!'

You might be looking at the BIGGEST VIKINGS FAN ALIVE ... Minnesota senator <b>Amy Klobuchar</b> -- who might have gone to work in purple face paint if she …

John Kennedy

First Read’s Morning Clips: Shutdown showdown

<b>TRUMP AGENDA: House might have the votes to avoid shutdown, but Senate doesn’t</b><p>The latest on the shutdown negotiations from Leigh Ann Caldwell and Marianna Sotomayor: “House Republicans are confident they have the votes to pass a short-term government funding bill before Friday’s deadline to keep …

U.S. Politics

Senators press Trump to boost school funding in infrastructure package

A group of 25 predominantly Democratic senators is pressing the Trump administration to strengthen public school funding in a forthcoming …

Tammy Duckworth

Bipartisan group of senators ask Trump to fund broadband in infrastructure plan

A bipartisan group of senators is urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' …

Shelley Moore Capito

As Trump promises 'Fake News Awards,' GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as antidemocratic

On a day President Trump promised to deliver “Fake News Awards,” two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned on Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad.<p>Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has …

Media Industry

These 18 Senate Democrats Just Voted to Hand Trump Mass Spying Powers

Sen. Doug Jones is seen during a photo op in the Capitol on January 3, 2018. Jones was one of 18 Democrats who voted in favor of expanding Donald …

Liberal View

'It's malpractice': Republicans give potential 2020 Trump foes a pass

The GOP has failed to recruit strong candidates against a slate of potential opponents for president who are up for reelection this year.<p>NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the good news just after New Year’s Day: Two of his most formidable potential Republican challengers for reelection this year …

Elections

Sen. Klobuchar grills DHS Secy. on Trump's use of slur

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joins to discuss the tough questions she asked of Homeland Security Secy. Kirstjen Nielsen concerning Trump's alleged …

Politics

The (Legal) Case Against Bidding Wars Like Amazon's

The race to win Amazon’s second headquarters has reignited a conversation dating back to the late 90’s: Should economic incentives be curbed by the federal government? Can they be?<p>Two states, both alike in dignity, vying for one car company.<p>On one side of the border was Toledo, Ohio; on the other, …

Government

Lawmakers weigh measure to fight high drug prices

Lawmakers are considering adding a measure aimed at fighting high drug prices to an upcoming spending deal, in what would be a rare defeat for the …

Health Care

House readies strict harassment overhaul after wave of scandals

Senior House negotiators are set to unveil as soon as Wednesday night a bipartisan plan to shake up Capitol Hill’s workplace harassment system — and to force lawmakers found liable for misconduct to pay settlements with their own money.<p>The legislation is the product of negotiations among House …

Politics

Senate Democrats Make Hard Turn Left Ahead of 2020

New York Times: “The next presidential election is nearly three years away, but in the Capitol the race is already unfolding, with no fewer than six …

Politics

What would a Trump shutdown look like?

<b><br>On the roster: What would a Trump shutdown look like? - Immigration debate still in the outhouse - Dems may join GOP to roll back Obama bank rules - Gerrymandering fight complicates Pa. battlegrounds - Actually, never mind…</b><p><b>WHAT WOULD A TRUMP SHUTDOWN LOOK LIKE?</b><br>Washington is getting real about the …

U.S. Politics

Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) ruled out running for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al …

Elections

Homeland Security chief testifies she ‘did not hear’ Trump use vulgarity

WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Homeland Security Department testified under oath Tuesday that she "did not hear" President Donald Trump use a certain vulgarity to describe African countries. But she says she doesn't "dispute the president was using tough language."<p>Trump has been accused of using …

Politics

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?

Constructive criticism for Ryan, shithole vs. shithouse, and McSally belts it out<p>We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for …

Politics

Senators Press Justice Department on Chinese State Media Outlets Registering as Foreign Agents

A bipartisan group of senators is pressing the Justice Department to examine why Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States have not …

Government

Majority of Minnesotans believe Franken accusations, but fewer think he should have quit

A majority of voters in the state believe Al Franken groped or sexually harassed multiple women, but more voters believe he should not have resigned …

Al Franken