Politics

Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife, Mary, as he concedes his run for governor at his election night gathering at Granite City Food and Brewery, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 8:32 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the last Republican to win statewide in traditionally blue Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty hoped to be the party's savior by running for his old job. Voters instead chose a lesser-known local official who didn't carry the stigma of the GOP establishment or of calling...
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A federal agent removes items from an apartment following the arrest of Omar Ameen, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Ameen, a 45-year-old Iraqi refugee, was arrested on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman in 2014 while serving with the Islamic State terror organization. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 15, 2018 - 8:25 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah,...
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Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, answers questions during an event with the Public Policy Institute of California in Sacramento on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Renee C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 6:36 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the...
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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrates with her children after her Congressional 5th District primary victory, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 6:11 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be...
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This undated photo provided by LaKeshia Myers, shows LaKeshia Myers. Myers, a schoolteacher who campaigned on improving education, defeated a longtime Democratic state lawmaker in the Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County. Myers upset state Rep. Fred Kessler by 23 percentage points in the 12th Assembly District. Myers will be unopposed in November.(Photo courtesy LaKeshia Myers via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 5:57 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An educator who pulled off a major upset when she defeated a longtime incumbent lawmaker in the Democratic primaries will become one of only two black women in Wisconsin's state Assembly — a feat she attributes to long days knocking on voters' doors. LaKeshia Myers, 34, beat state...
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August 15, 2018 - 5:07 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. Driving Arkansas Forward reported Wednesday that it spent nearly $1.5 million in July and ended the month with $61...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a news conference in Topeka, Kan. With Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. There's no guarantee that the business wing of the Republican Party will collectively back Kobach given the likely candidacy of independent Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman who ran a strong campaign for U.S. Senate two years ago. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
August 15, 2018 - 4:31 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof...
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August 15, 2018 - 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate study says the government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents. It says the Trump administration has aggravated the problem with its "zero...
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FILE - This photo July 25, 2018 file photo shows Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that was vandalized, in Los Angeles. The man accused of smashing Trump's star says his actions were a "rightful and just act." Austin Clay pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
August 15, 2018 - 3:55 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man accused of smashing President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame called it a "rightful and just act." Austin Clay pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge Wednesday in Los Angeles. Prosecutors say Clay took a pickax to Trump's star on Hollywood...
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A truck is blocked at the end of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 90 meters (nearly 300 feet) into a heap of rubble below. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 3:41 pm
GENOA, Italy (AP) — As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame. Motorists...
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