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Mexico Seeks to Neutralize Tariff Threat From the US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mexico is going all out this week on the lobbying front. Top officials from the government, private sector and members of the country's Congress make up the largest Mexican delegation dispatched to Washington since President Andrés Manuel…

US Officials: Arctic Thawing Poses National Security Concern

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior U.S. and military officials are warning Congress about the potential threat to national security from melting ice in the Arctic. Officials from the Office of National Intelligence and the Pentagon say climate change will open the…

McConnell Hopes Tariffs on Mexico Don't Kick In

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico are avoided, saying Republicans are "not fans of tariffs." The Kentucky Republican told reporters he's hopeful that U.S. talks with a Mexican…

Trump Expects Tariffs on Mexico to Go in Effect

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he expects to begin hitting Mexico with tariffs next week in a dispute over illegal immigration. Trump says "millions" of migrants entering the U.S. through Mexico is "unacceptable" and that Mexico must stop…

Trump Administration Approves Year-Round E-15 Sales

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the change Friday, ending a summertime ban imposed out of concerns for…

Lawmaker: South Dakota Transgender Bathroom Debate to Stay

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota lawmaker says a debate over transgender rights will likely continue and that it's only a matter of time before the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case regarding transgender bathroom use. Republican Rep. Fred…

US Holds CBD Hearing as Fans, Sellers Await Legal Clarity

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - CBD products are widely available despite confusion around their legal status. Now U.S. regulators are exploring ways to officially allow the hemp ingredient in food, drinks and dietary supplements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

Republican Redistricting Expert Blamed For Census Question

NEW YORK (AP) - A new court filing by lawyers opposing adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census alleges a longtime Republican redistricting expert played a key role in making the change. The filing Thursday in Manhattan federal court…

Where Do South Dakotans Fall on Trade War, Mueller Report?

There are a lot of big conversations swirling in the nation's capital that have a very direct impact on residents here at home in the Midwest. Data Director for the state Republican Party, Catherine Barranco, and Communications Director for the…

Iowa Democrats Want Special Session for Medical Marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Disappointed in Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds' veto of a bill that would have expanded Iowa's medical marijuana program, two Democratic lawmakers are calling for a special session of the Legislature to override the veto. Sen.…

Mueller's Public Statement Fuels Calls for Trump Impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Special counsel Robert Mueller's first public statement on the Russia investigation is fueling fresh calls to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, a step that Democratic leaders have so far resisted. Mueller indicated Wednesday that it's…

Democrats to Try Again on Overdue $19B Disaster Aid Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats appear likely to try again to pass a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill that's a top priority for some of President Donald Trump's most loyal allies on Capitol Hill. A GOP conservative blocked an…

Trump Appeals Ruling Backing Subpoenas for Bank Records

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump are appealing a judge's refusal to block congressional subpoenas seeking some of his financial records. An official notice of appeal was filed Friday in federal court in New York City. U.S.…

Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Cracking Down on Robocalls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Senator John Thune's bill to crack down on robocalls is moving forward. The Senate passed the Traced Act Thursday, which will give the FCC more authority to crack down on the escalating number of computerized telemarketing…

Senate Passes $19 Billion Disaster Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill to help to a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires. The widely-backed legislation passed by an 85-8…

US Markets Dip as Trade Tensions Continue

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are sinking sharply in morning trading on Wall Street as investors' worries about the U.S.-China trade dispute deepen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as many as 406 points shortly after trading began, before paring…

Sanders: 'Insane' to Talk Infrastructure After Pelosi Remark

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says "it's insane" to think infrastructure talks can continue as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not accuse President Donald Trump of a "cover-up." Pelosi did, ahead of a key White House…

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