Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFL state Sen. Terri Bonoff squared off Wednesday in what could be a competitive race for Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District. Donald Trump may loom large.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/17/2016 10:20:00 PM
Advisers to Donald Trump are encouraging the GOP candidate to press for more surveillance and more information-sharing with local police departments to fight terror threats if he's elected president. The roundtable of advisers appeared to be discussing the contents of a potential policy statement.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he wants Trump to make it clear the FBI should share information with local police departments in the fight against terrorism.
Giuliani says, local police often feel "they're not getting the information that they need, and they feel like they're flying blind sometimes."
Rep. Peter King added that it should be made clear that "the police have to be able to surveil." He had cautioned earlier that, "you shouldn't call it spying, it's surveillance."
Giuliani also said that one of his first actions after being elected mayor was to put police officers in mosques.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/17/2016 8:44:57 PM
Information, provided to The Associated Press by people directly knowledgeable about the effort, reveals that Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/17/2016 3:31:26 PM
Donald Trump is expressing distrust of U.S. intelligence as he prepares to get his first intelligence briefing Wednesday.
The Republican presidential nominee says the intelligence services have made "such bad decisions."
Asked whether he trusts intelligence, Trump told Fox News: "Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country, I mean look what's happened over the last 10 years ... it's been catastrophic."
One of Trump's advisers, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He will accompany Trump to the briefing.
Trump says he will choose different advisers than "sort of your standards."
Democrats have expressed concerns about Trump receiving sensitive information, but Trump says Hillary Clinton is the one who "can't keep anything private."
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/17/2016 1:48:55 PM
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is slated to appear on ballots in at least 27 states. Stein isn't confirmed on the ballot yet in Minnesota, but she told MPR today that she has enough signatures.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/16/2016 8:58:47 PM
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine return to Wisconsin.
Trump will hold a public rally at the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center in West Bend Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. He's also participating in a ticketed event with Fox News host Sean Hannity at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee earlier, as well as two private fundraisers in La Crosse and Milwaukee.
Gov. Scott Walker and other top Republicans won't be attending Trump's public appearance in West Bend.
The State Journal says Kaine will be in Madison for a private fundraiser hosted by Hans and Mary Lang Sollinger.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/16/2016 1:22:32 PM
Donald Trump's speech on foreign policy Monday focused in large part on his proposal to suspend immigration from dangerous parts of the world and impose a new system of "extreme vetting" that would subject applicants to questions about their personal ideology.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/15/2016 11:47:01 PM
Two historic paintings offensive to Native Americans should be moved to less prominent locations in the Minnesota Capitol. That's the recommendation of an advisory panel of historians, legislators and other government officials.
— Tim Pugmire
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/15/2016 3:29:25 PM
Donald Trump will declare an end to nation building if elected president, replacing it with what aides described as "foreign policy realism" focused on destroying the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations.
In a speech the Republican presidential nominee will deliver on Monday in Ohio, Trump will argue that the country needs to work with anyone that shares that mission, regardless of other ideological and strategic disagreements. Any country that wants to work with the U.S. to defeat "radical Islamic terrorism" will be a U.S. ally, he is expected to say.
"Mr. Trump's speech will explain that while we can't choose our friends, we must always recognize our enemies," Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday.
On the eve of the speech, the Clinton campaign slammed Trump's campaign manager for ties to Russia and pro-Kremlin interests, an apparent reference to a New York Times story published Sunday night. The story alleges Paul Manafort received $12.7 million from Ukraine's former pro-Russia president and his political party for consultant work over a five-year period. The newspaper says Manafort's lawyer denied his client received any such payments.
Trump on Monday is also expected to outline a new immigration policy proposal under which the U.S. would stop issuing visas in any case where it cannot perform adequate screenings.
It will be the latest version of a policy that began with Trump's unprecedented call to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from entering the country — a religious test that was criticized across party lines as un-American. Following a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June, Trump introduced a new standard.
"As he laid out in his Orlando remarks, Mr. Trump will describe the need to temporarily suspend visa issuances to geographic regions with a history of exporting terrorism and where adequate checks and background vetting cannot occur," Miller said.
Trump is also expected to propose creating a new, ideological test for admission to the country that would assess a candidate's stances on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. Through questionnaires, searching social media, interviewing friends and family or other means, applicants would be vetted to see whether they support American values like tolerance and pluralism.
The candidate is also expected to call in the speech for declaring in explicit terms that, like during the Cold War, the nation is in an ideological conflict with radical Islam.
Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and top U.S. government officials have warned of the dangers of using that kind of language to describe the conflict, arguing that it plays into militants' hands.
While Trump has been criticized in the past for failing to lay out specific policy solutions, aides say that Monday's speech will again focus on his broader vision. Additional speeches with more details are expected in the weeks ahead, they said.
Trump is also expected to spend significant time going after President Barack Obama and Clinton, the former secretary of state, blaming them for enacting policies he argues allowed the Islamic State group to spread. Obama has made ending nation building a central part of his foreign policy argument for years.
"Mr. Trump will outline his vision for defeating radical Islamic terrorism, and explain how the policies of Obama-Clinton are responsible for the rise of ISIS and the spread of barbarism that has taken the lives of so many," Miller said Sunday in an email, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.
The speech comes as Trump has struggled to stay on message. Last week, an economic policy speech he delivered calling for lower corporate taxes and rolling back federal regulations was overshadowed by a series of provocative statements, including falsely declaring that Obama was the "founder" of the Islamic State group.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/15/2016 12:55:58 PM
After days of alleging repeatedly that President Barack Obama literally founded the Islamic State group, Donald Trump abruptly shifted tone on Friday and insisted his widely debunked claim had been sarcastic.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/12/2016 1:14:44 PM
Hillary Clinton said her plan offers economic opportunity and good-paying jobs, and she said, "In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it." Donald Trump's economic speech aired Tuesday, today, it's Hillary Clinton.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/12/2016 5:06:52 AM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose awkward relationship has been one of the 2016 campaign’s story lines, are due in Minnesota on the same day for fundraising events. — Brian Bakst, MPR News
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/11/2016 3:53:28 PM
About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. What are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's plans to solve this issue?
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/11/2016 12:08:07 PM
One of Minnesota's longest-serving lawmakers is leaving the state legislature. State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, who has represented her Minneapolis district since 1973, finished last in a three-way primary Tuesday.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/11/2016 10:51:47 AM