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Republicans see major battleground in Minnesota in 2018 midterms

Minnesota held out against President Trump’s political wave last year, but political analysts say it is shaping up as a major player for the 2018 ...

Cuomo grants 59 pardons, with focus on immigrants and youths

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned 59 people for nonviolent crimes, including 18 immigrants whose years-old convictions put them at ...

EPA ethanol study now more than 8 years late

Five months into the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to complete a study looking at ethanol’s effect on American air quality. Nearly ...

Impeachment debate divides Democrats as 2018 wave builds

A tidal wave of liberal disdain for President Donald Trump may help deliver the House to Democrats in 2018. And if it does, the new ...

What Congress actually did in 2017

April 4, 2017, wasn’t an especially notable day for news. But it was a big day for America’s meteorologists. That Tuesday afternoon, the House of ...

What’s Bill de Blasio’s Problem?

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. DES MOINES—The website for the Progressive Agenda Committee that Bill de Blasio ...

Where is Trump’s Cabinet? It’s anybody’s guess.

The Cabinet members carrying out President Donald Trump’s orders to shake up the federal government are doing so under an unusual layer of secrecy — ...

What happens when Trump targets you on Twitter

Five Americans named by the president on social media talk about the unexpected fallout in their real lives.

In the heart of Trump Country, his base's faith is unshaken

SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) – For the first time in its 147-year history, Elliott County, Kentucky, abandoned its Democratic roots to help send Donald Trump ...

Donald Trump boosts local police with policies, results

Top law enforcement leaders say they have had no bigger advocate this year than President Trump, and they are hopeful he has set the stage ...

Republicans care about voter fraud; Democrats want to come out ahead, says study

When it comes to voter ID laws, Republicans care intensely about fraud while Democrats worry more about whether their own party will come out ahead, ...

Wild horse population control methods divide lawmakers, advocates

After a years-long battle over an effective ban on horse slaughter in the U.S., advocates on both sides are grappling with how the federal government ...

Tom Perez, DNC chairman, struggles to rebuild Democratic Party

Tom Perez has had a rocky first year as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, managing to incense liberals, ostracize pro-life Democrats and lose a ...

The top 10 House races to watch in 2018

House Republicans are in trouble heading into 2018. President Donald Trump’s unpopularity, voter distaste of Washington and a highly energized Democratic base have combined into ...

Republicans struggle to keep 'Pledge to America'

Desperate to get back to the majority in Congress in 2010, Republicans issued a bold “Pledge to America” promising a laundry list of policies and ...

Inside the Beltway: Soviet nostalgia: 58% of Russians regret the fall of the USSR

Even the pollsters themselves call it “nostalgia for the USSR.” Six-out-of-10 Russians — 58 percent — now say they regret the collapse of the Soviet ...

Maine voters introduce ranked-choice ballot initiative

Voters have long complained about being forced into bad binary choices between less-than-perfect (or worse) candidates. Maine voters last year took matters into their own ...

FBI says Russia dossier's collusion charges unsubstantiated

The FBI is declining to repudiate the Russia dossier on which it partially relied to start an investigation into the Trump campaign, but it concedes ...

Mark Meadows introduces bill that would limit opioid prescriptions to seven days

Saying the American medical system is flooded with too many prescription painkillers, governors, lawmakers and health officials are trying to come up with ways to ...

The top 10 Senate races of 2018

Republicans entered 2017 dreaming of dramatically expanding their Senate majority. But after a bruising year capped off by Democrat Doug Jones’ upset victory in Alabama, ...

Donald Trump seeks Democrats' help with infrastructure plan

The White House on Sunday said President Trump wants to introduce an infrastructure package in January and reach for a deal with Democrats, a pivot ...

Get a grip, Nancy Pelosi, tax bill is not worst thing in U.S. history

Indeed, it is a Merry Christmas for Americans of all races, creeds and genders and species and political persuasions — so long as they are ...

Coast Guard cutter returns to Virginia after Caribbean tour

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare (la-GREE) is back in Virginia after a 45-day deployment in the Caribbean. ...

Inside the Beltway: Reagan at Christmas: 'We Americans have always tried to follow a higher light'

REAGAN’S FIRST CHRISTMAS MESSAGE, 1981 “Tonight, in millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love Jesus taught ...

Sheriff Tony Estrada, another kind of Arizona lawman

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) – Sheriff Tony Estrada is a different kind of Arizona lawman. Born in Nogales, Mexico, Marco Antonio Estrada was raised just north ...

How politics screwed Puerto Rico out of billions in disaster aid

On Wednesday night, as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his top lieutenants struggled to pass the disaster aid package — as well as a funding ...

The next special election that could portend a Democratic wave

A March special election in a conservative-leaning stretch of western Pennsylvania that Donald Trump won by 20 points is the next big test of whether ...

Fox News website beefs up and ‘goes a little Breitbart’

A sleeping media giant may be about to wake up: Fox News’ website — known for its high traffic, but not strong identity —is staffing ...

Judge blocks Trump refugee order

A federal judge has partially blocked an order President Donald Trump issued in October suspending admission of refugees from 11 countries, most of which are ...

The Bland Philosophy of James Comey’s Twitter Feed

One of the bizarro lessons of our bizarro time is that inside every taciturn lawperson is a tweeting fool who longs to go wild with ...

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