Politics & Elections

Pundits Discuss Dem Party Office Closures, New Executive Director, Trade

South Dakota's new Democratic Party Executive Director, Stacey Burnette joins the South Dakota GOP's State Finance Director, Dave Roetman to talk politics in South Dakota, and of South Dakota. [field59_video account="KDLT" key="b840902ab03f64b23ab18da309f3909e2d2f7fd2" vtitle="Political Pundits on SDDP Office Closures, New Exec…

Congress Marks 400th Anniversary of Slaves Arriving in US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress are observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America. The commemoration Tuesday at the Capitol comes at a time of renewed interest over the history of slavery and…

Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. He says Bolton submitted his resignation on…

Judge Blocks ND Law on Reversing Medication Abortions

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a state law passed earlier this year that required physicians to tell women they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. North Dakota is…

EPA to Reduce Use of Animal Testing in Predicting Hazards

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to sharply cut its use of animals in testing for hazards. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a directive to senior staff Tuesday that "scientific advancements exist today" that permit the…

Trump Says US-Taliban Peace Talks Are 'Dead'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says U.S. talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan are "dead" after they collapsed last week. Asked Monday about the talks, Trump replied: "They're dead. They're dead. As far as I'm concerned, they're dead." U.S.…

Democrats Press Trump to Intervene on Background Check Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Democrats are pressing President Donald Trump to intervene with Senate Republicans and demand passage of a bipartisan bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said…

How Much Do Trump Tweets Swing the Market? Check "Volfefe"

NEW YORK (AP) - Financial markets have become so in thrall to President Donald Trump's tweets that J.P. Morgan has created an index to help identify how much volatility they're creating. Strategists at the bank developed the "Volfefe" index by…

NWS Chief Backs Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The head of the National Weather Service is defending forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States. Director Louis Uccellini told a meteorology…

In Arizona, Pentagon-funded Border Fence Already Underway

PHOENIX (AP) - Construction on a Pentagon-funded portion of border fence began this week near Yuma, Arizona. It comes just as federal officials revealed a list of Defense Department projects that will be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's…

Trump Administration Announcing Nearly $2B in Opioid Grants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is awarding nearly $2 billion in grants to states and local governments to help fight the opioid crisis. Health and Human Services Alexander Azar says the grants come from money that President Donald Trump…

Michigan Moves to Be 1st State to Ban Flavored E-cigarettes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The Democrat announced Wednesday that she ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules. They will prohibit the sale and…

US Hits Iran Space Agency with Sanctions Over Missile Work

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Iran's space agency for the first time. The U.S. accuses Iran of using its space program to develop ballistic missiles under the cover of a civilian program to launch satellites…

Former MN Lt. Gov. Fischbach Running Against US Rep. Peterson

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Minnesota's most senior member of Congress, Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, in western Minnesota's 7th District. Fischbach was president of the Minnesota Senate…

TVs to Shoes: This Time Consumers Face Pain of Trump Tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's trade war with China, until now mainly an abstraction for American consumers, is about to hit home. Beginning Sunday, the U.S. government will begin collecting 15% tariffs on $112 billion in Chinese imports -…

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