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AG Sessions To Address Local Prosecutors In Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is visiting Minnesota to speak to state and local prosecutors. Sessions was expected to address an annual gathering of district attorneys from around the country in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Sessions has pitched a tough-on-crime mentality as President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Justice. He has ordered top federal…

Rounds To Hold Tele-Town Hall Meeting On Health Care Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds is set to host a tele-town hall meeting to talk about the Senate Republican health care bill and other issues. The GOP lawmaker will take live questions from participants during the Monday evening event. On the health care bill, Rounds has said he would vote to debate the measure but…

Trump Nominates Men To Lead Iowa US Attorney Offices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump has nominated two men to serve as U.S. attorneys in Iowa’s northern and southern districts. The Trump administration announced Friday that the president had nominated Peter E. Deegan Jr. as U.S. attorney for Iowa’s northern district, based in Cedar Rapids. Deegan now works at an assistant U.S. attorney and is the chief…

Russian-American Lobbyist Confirms He Was At Trump Tower Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says reports that a second Russian person was in a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last summer “adds another deeply disturbing fact about this secret meeting.” Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Trump Jr.’s shifting explanations “paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit.” A Russian-American lobbyist says he…

Shantel Krebs: Congressional Campaign Raises Over $130K

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Shantel Krebs’ congressional campaign says she raised more than $130,000 in the second quarter of 2017 and ended the period with more than $230,000 in the bank. Krebs is South Dakota’s secretary of state. She’s competing in the 2018 Republican primary against former state public utilities commissioner and former governor chief of staff Dusty Johnson. Both…

Senate Intel Panel Asks Trump Jr. For Documents

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says the panel has requested documents from Donald Trump Jr. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said the committee requested the documents “as recently as this week,” after President Donald Trump’s son released emails in which he appeared eager to accept Russian government information that could damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Warner…

New GOP Health Plan Seeks Conservative Support

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released a revamped Republican health care bill, and it seeks out conservative support by letting insurers sell low-premium policies with skimpy coverage. The bill is aimed at repealing much of President Barack Obama’s health law. But the GOP plan remains in deep jeopardy because of divisions within the party. It’s unclear…

South Dakota GOP Senators See Hope In Revised Health Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Republican U.S. senators say that a revised GOP health care bill will move Senate Republicans closer to replacing former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to release an altered bill Thursday to Republican senators. The effort comes after McConnell abandoned his initial plan because of GOP opposition. South Dakota…

House Democrats Press Sessions About Russian Lawyer’s Role

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday questioned the decision by the Trump administration Justice Department to settle a money-laundering forfeiture case with a Russian real estate investment firm that has ties to the Russian lawyer who met last year with President Donald Trump’s son. Natalia Veselnitskaya represented the owner of Russian firm Prevezon Holdings Ltd….

High-Level Talks Between US And Russia Set To Resume

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and Russia are set to resume a series of high-level talks that Moscow scrapped after the Trump administration announced new sanctions. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says that Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet on Monday in Washington. The dialogue had been set up to address…

South Dakota Not Providing Voter Data To Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs joins 44 other states in pushing back against requests for voter data from President Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission. The commission is requesting information including birth dates, social security numbers and political affiliation of voters from all 50 states. In a letter to the commission’s Vice Chair Kris Kobach, Krebs…

Ethics Amendment Backers To Start Push To Get On 2018 Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of a constitutional amendment that would replace a voter-imposed government ethics overhaul that South Dakota lawmakers repealed this year plan to start building support to put the amendment before voters in 2018. Represent South Dakota says petition circulator kickoff events will be held in seven cities, starting Saturday in Madison, Rapid City and Sioux Falls….

Spokeswoman Says Trump, Putin Talked Sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says sanctions related to Russian election meddling were discussed in the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. The statement from the White House on Monday is a direct contradiction to comments tweeted by Trump a day earlier. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday that “sanctions…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds Wants ACA Repeal But Declines Specifics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she wants Congress “to get something done” on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, but she declined to offer specifics. The Republican governor told reporters Monday that lawmakers need to approve a “long-term solution” for replacing the health care law. She didn’t answer questions about alternatives she supports or…

Former South Dakota Judge To Run For Congress As A Democrat

CANISTOTA, S.D. (AP) – Former Circuit Court Judge Tim Bjorkman is planning to run for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat as a Democrat. Bjorkman will announce his candidacy Thursday in Canistota. Bjorkman’s campaign says in a statement that he plans to run an “issue-focused” race seeking to unite and deliver solutions to problems rather than promoting partisan squabbling. Bjorkman…

‘Smoother Roads Ahead, Greg Jamison 2018’

Greg Jamison alludes to mayoral run

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people lined the streets for the annual Sioux Falls Fourth of July parade Tuesday morning, and one float caught the attention of many. State representative and former Sioux Falls city councilman Greg Jamison drove a tractor grader down Philips Avenue, with a sign that read ‘smoother roads ahead, Greg Jamison 2018’. The banner implied…

Trump, Putin Meeting Goes Longer Than Expected

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) – A meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that was supposed to last a half-hour has stretched to more than 90 minutes. Trump had originally been scheduled to depart the meeting site of the Group of 20 world leaders in Hamburg, Germany at 4:20 p.m. local time following his meeting with Putin. But…