Politics

Mueller Concludes Russia Probe, Delivers Report to AG Barr

WASHINGTON (AP) – Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump. The Justice Department says Mueller delivered his final report Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who is reviewing it. Mueller’s report, still confidential, sets the stage for big public fights to come. The next steps are…

North Dakota Gov.Burgum Signs ‘Abortion Reversal’ Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it’s possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Opponents claim there is no medically accepted evidence that a drug-induced abortion can be interrupted. Lawmakers approved the “abortion reversal” legislation…

Trump Reversing New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration’s decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump “likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.” Trump says in a tweet that, “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large…

Poll: More Americans Say Too Little Government Spending on Health

WASHINGTON (AP) – A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans. Americans want to spend more on many government functions, according to new data from the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of government spending since the 1970s….

Trump to Order Colleges to Back Free Speech or Lose Funding

Brendan Smialowski / AFP – Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump is expected to order U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal funding. White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants. Trump initially proposed…

Trump’s Criticism of McCain Raises Ire of Some Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump took time in a speech in Ohio celebrating the American economy to revisit his grievances against the late Sen. John McCain. The president’s latest tirade against the war hero who died last year came after several leading Republicans defended the longtime Arizona senator. One of them, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, said that not…

Trump Says Tariffs on China Could Stay to Ensure Compliance

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says if the U.S. gets a trade deal with China, tariffs could stay in place for some time to ensure Beijing “lives by the deal.” Trump said Wednesday the White House was discussing keeping tariffs for a “substantial period of time,” adding that China has had “problems living by certain deals.” Trump said administration…

Governor Noem Signs Bill Allowing Gun in State Capitol

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has signed a bill that allows individuals with an “enhanced concealed carry permit” to bring their gun into the South Dakota state capitol building. The law will go into effect on July 1st. It will make South Dakota one of 18 states that allow concealed carry in their respective state capitols. People with…

Noem Encourages Residents of Big Sioux River Valley to Prepare for Flooding

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today encouraged people living in the Big Sioux River Valley in eastern South Dakota to start preparing for record flooding. Winter snowmelt and rain have raised the water levels in Big Sioux River Valley areas north of Watertown to south of Sioux Falls. At this time, the National Weather Service predicts that when flooding…

Trump Targets Biden After Former VP’s Verbal Slip

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is targeting Joe Biden after the former vice president made a verbal slip about a potential 2020 presidential bid. Trump, who has eagerly followed the 2020 Democratic field, tweeted Monday: “Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for…

2019 Legislative Session Comes to a Close

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem closed out the main part of her first legislative session as governor with a funding boost for nursing homes, anti-pipeline protest legislation and a victory over supporters of industrial hemp. Lawmakers voted this past week to approve a state budget that included a 10 percent inflationary increase for nursing homes, funding…

Trump Issues First Veto to Protect Emergency Declaration for Border Wall Funding

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump says “our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point” and calls…

Senate Votes Against Trump Border Emergency

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs H.J. Res 46, a disapproval resolution that blocks President Trump’s National Emergency declaration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. However, the resolution is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats to block the national…

Gov. Closes State Offices in 39 Counties

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered state government offices to close in 39 counties today. According to the Department of Public Safety, the central and western counties are closing due to expected severe winter weather conditions. Officials state the counties are a part of warnings issued by the National Weather Service. The counties include: Beadle, Bennett, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Campbell, Charles…

South Dakota Lawmakers Approve Roughly $4.9B State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have passed a roughly $4.9 billion state budget, providing a funding boost for education and state employees and larger-than anticipated spending hikes for nursing homes and community support providers. The House voted 53-6 Wednesday to approve the budget, capping the main portion of the 2019 session. The Senate earlier voted 27-2 for the…

Ex-Trump Campaign Head Faces 2nd Sentencing in as Many Weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in court for his second sentencing hearing in as many weeks. Manafort faces up to 10 additional years in prison when he’s sentenced in Washington on Wednesday in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The hearing comes a week after a judge in Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47…