Politics & Elections

US Sounds Word of Caution on Expansion of Korea Ties

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. has "made clear" to South Korea that progress on disarming North Korea should not lag behind the expansion of relations between the two Koreas. Pompeo says there's "complete agreement"…

South Dakota Democrats Elect Legislative Leadership

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Democrats have chosen their legislative leaders, selecting Rep. Jamie Smith and Sen. Troy Heinert to head their House and Senate caucuses. Senate Democrats have also chosen Craig Kennedy as assistant leader and Reynold Nesiba…

Attorney General Marty Jackley to Return to Private Practice

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley plans to return to private practice after finishing his term as the state's chief lawyer and law enforcement officer. The Republican attorney general will rejoin Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson and Ashmore, LLP,…

Noem Invites Applications to Serve in Her Administration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov.-elect Kristi Noem is inviting the "best and brightest" to seek a job in her incoming administration. Noem's transition website launched Monday. Noem and Lt. Gov.-elect Larry Rhoden will be sworn into office in…

Legal Groups Argue in Court Against Trump Asylum Ban

HOUSTON (AP) - Legal groups suing the Trump administration over its ban on asylum for anyone who illegally crosses the U.S.-Mexico border have argued their case before a federal judge in San Francisco. U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar did…

Iowa Doctors Hesitant About New Medical Marijuana Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Only about 325 of Iowa's 7,000 doctors have certified people for the state's new medical marijuana program, in part because many are uneasy about their role in the system. The Des Moines Register reports that…

US to Accuse Iran of Violating Chemical Weapons Treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is poised to accuse Iran of violating an international treaty that bars the production and use of chemical weapons. Two officials said the administration plans to announce next week that Iran is not complying…

Graham Poised to Lead Judiciary Panel After Grassley Switch

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is giving up the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee, paving the way for Sen. Lindsey Graham to take over. Grassley says he plans to become chairman of the Senate Finance Committee…

Senator Thune Focusing on Passing Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Senator John Thune says one of his priorities as the new Senate Majority Whip is passing a new farm bill. He discussed what it could take to get the legislation passed during a conference call today.…

Dayton Remains Hospitalized a Month After Back Surgery

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton remains hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after having back surgery more than a month ago. Dayton had an initial surgery on Oct. 12 and underwent a second procedure several days later.…

EU Trade Chief Says Hit List of US Products Being Developed

WASHINGTON (AP) - European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says that the EU is preparing a target list of American products it will hit with punitive tariffs if the Trump administration goes through with its threat to impose tariffs on…

Mattis Defends Use of Military on US-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is defending the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. Mattis spoke on his way to visit U.S. troops along…

Lawyers Want Iowa Case Stopped Due to Whitaker Appointment

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lawyers for a Las Vegas man facing federal trial in Iowa want in his criminal drug conspiracy case stopped because they say President Donald Trump's appointment of an acting U.S. attorney general is illegal. Attorney Michael…

Senator John Thune Named Senate Majority Whip

WASHINGTON (AP) -  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been elected to another term as GOP leader. He won a new term by acclamation Wednesday. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP whip, is being forced out by term limits.…

US Awards Second Border Wall Contract in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. government has awarded a $167 million contract to build 8 miles of border wall in south Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the contract Wednesday. Construction will begin in February. CBP already announced a…

Justice Legal Opinion Backs Whitaker's Naming as Acting AG

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has issued an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general. The Office of Legal Counsel's opinion is aimed at addressing concerns from Democrats and even some Republicans…

Trump Administration Holds Hearing on Rollback of Air Rules

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its only public hearing on the Trump administration's plans to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Nearly 125 people have asked to speak…

Acting AG Whitaker Abandoned Taxpayer-Funded Project in Iowa in 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - While in private business, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker walked away from a taxpayer-subsidized apartment-rehabilitation project in Iowa after years of cost overruns, delays and other problems. That's according to public records on the Des…

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