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Late cloud over Ellison bid for Minnesota attorney general

MINNEAPOLIS  — Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, sought his party’s nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend’s allegation of domestic abuse. The allegation surfaced the weekend before Tuesday’s primary when the son of … Continue reading Late cloud over Ellison bid for Minnesota attorney general

DETROIT | Tlaib wins Conyers’ seat; Congress to get 1st Muslim woman

DETROIT — Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. No Republicans or third-party candidates ran in Tuesday’s District 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set … Continue reading DETROIT | Tlaib wins Conyers’ seat; Congress to get 1st Muslim woman

WASHINGTON | Trump says ‘no problem’ shutting government, dismaying GOP

WASHINGTON  — Unnerving fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump declared Monday he would have “no problem” shutting down the federal government this fall if Congress won’t come up with more money for border security. Trump’s threat, his second in two days, put him further at odds with his own party in Congress, where many Republicans are … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says ‘no problem’ shutting government, dismaying GOP

WASHINGTON | After Helsinki, Dems struggle over Trump, the term ‘treason’

WASHINGTON — Democrats are happy to say President Donald Trump undermined American democracy. That he patted Vladimir Putin on the back for interfering in U.S. elections. That he’s being blackmailed by Russia.Donald Trump,Vladimir Putin But that he committed treason? That’s too far for some leading Democrats worried about sending the wrong message during an election … Continue reading WASHINGTON | After Helsinki, Dems struggle over Trump, the term ‘treason’

WASHINGTON | Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the central bank has tools it can use to cushion the potential economic fallout from a trade war. But he told Congress the effort could be challenging if higher tariffs push inflation up too sharply. If the retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries slowed U.S. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges

WASHINGTON | Senate passes farm bill, setting up clash on food stamps

WASHINGTON  — The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that makes modest modifications to existing farm programs while largely avoiding changes to food stamps, setting up a showdown with the House. The bill passed 86-11. The legislation renews farm programs such as crop insurance and land conservation. Farm programs are set to expire Sept. 30 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate passes farm bill, setting up clash on food stamps