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Obama To Governors: DHS Shutdown Would Hurt State Economies

President Barack Obama warned the nation’s governors Monday that a looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would have a direct impact on their states’ economies, as well as on security throughout the U.S.

02/23/2015

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Congress Set To Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it.

02/11/2015

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Obama Asks $50M Cut In Great Lakes Restoration Effort

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for 2016 seeks a $50 million cut in a multi-year program to clean up the Great Lakes. The president’s spending plan released Monday requests $250 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, down from $300 million appropriated for this year.

02/02/2015

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When It Comes To Walleye, Obama Won’t Bite

Here in Minnesota, many of us like nothing better than a walleye fish-fry on Fridays.

01/29/2015

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Talking Points: St. Paul’s Paid Parental Leave

In his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $2 billion to help states create paid family and medical leave programs.

01/25/2015

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Larimore Couple Are Heitkamp’s Guests For State Of Union

A Larimore couple who helped care for injured students in the moments after a school bus collided with a freight train earlier this month are U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s guests for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

01/20/2015

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Talking Points: Obama’s Tax Plan And The Middle Class

Just days before his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a major tax proposal that calls for raising taxes on the wealthy and large financial firms.

01/18/2015

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Interview: Sen. Franken On Obama’s Tax Proposals

Just days before the State of the Union address, the White House disclosed a plan Saturday night to increase taxes on the wealthy. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was in the WCCO studio Sunday morning to talk with Esme Murphy about the president’s proposal.

01/18/2015

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Talking Points: Gas Prices, Keystone Pipeline

As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.

01/11/2015

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President Obama Meets With Mark Dayton, 3 Other Governors

As congressional lawmakers return to Washington, President Barack Obama is focusing his attention on the nation’s governors. Obama is meeting Tuesday with members of the National Governors Association executive committee. The president says governors don’t have the luxury to operate “based on ideology” because their constituents expect them to get things done.

01/06/2015

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Being Uninsured In America Will Cost You More

Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

12/29/2014

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U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite For Cuba Trade

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

12/19/2014

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Bachmann Ready To Leave Congress, But Not Politics

An audacious conservative, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood out from the moment she was first elected to Congress in 2006. Democrats were ascendant and Bachmann was a stridently Republican new arrival with a homespun Minnesota twang.

12/07/2014

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School Goes Under Lockdown After Social Media Post

Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a social media post with threatening language aimed at the local high school was traced back to a juvenile in Minnesota.

11/20/2014

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States Working To Fix Hobbled Health Care Websites

The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude.

11/16/2014

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Why Did Minnesota Buck The Republican-Leaning National Trend?

The day after the election was a great day for Republicans, except in Minnesota. Nationally, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and boosted their majority in the U.S. House. For the first time since President Obama took office, he will face a Congress with Republicans in control of both houses.

11/05/2014

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Obama Switches Gears, Confronting Ebola Head On

President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

10/19/2014

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McFadden’s ’97 Percent’ Attack On Franken

Republican Mike McFadden and his party have seized on a big number in their efforts to boot Sen. Al Franken from office: 97 percent.

09/29/2014

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McFadden Backs Air Strikes Against Islamic State

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden says he would vote to give President Barack Obama authorization for expanded air strikes against Islamic State group militants.

09/12/2014

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Franken Welcomes Obama Plan On Islamic State

Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he’s happy to have the outlines of a plan to combat the threat of Islamic State militants but that he wonders what effect it will have on recruitment for the terror group, including in Minnesota communities.

09/11/2014

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Obama Didn’t Mention ISIS Recruiting, But Minn. Community Still On Edge

President Barack Obama did not mention in his Wednesday night address the recruitment of Minnesotans by ISIS (or ISIL). There are reports that as many as 15 young men and women with Minnesota ties have left to join the terror group.

09/11/2014

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Good Question: Is It ISIS, ISIL, Or The Islamic State?

Throughout his speech Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama referred to the militant terror group as ISIL. But, often, the media refers to that same group as ISIS or the Islamic State.

09/10/2014

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Klobuchar Praises Obama’s Airstrikes Plan

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she supports President Barack Obama’s plans for U.S. airstrikes to battle Islamic State extremists.

09/10/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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McFadden Talks On Recent Gas Tax Fumble

You’ve seen his campaign ads on TV, and on Tuesday night John Lauritsen had an opportunity to visit with U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden at football practice.

08/19/2014

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