A Newsweek investigation finds that Hillary Clinton isn't the only candidate running with problematic email practices.
"Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump. In each instance, Trump and entities he controlled also erected numerous hurdles that made lawsuits drag on for years, forcing courtroom opponents to spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records," (Newsweek).
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/31/2016 3:16:05 PM
The Latest: Trump aide says FBI won't be 'centerpiece'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential election campaign (all times EDT)):
Donald Trump's campaign manager says the Republican presidential candidate won't make the FBI's new email discovery the "centerpiece" of his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
FBI director James Comey notified Congress Friday that investigators were examining whether newly discovered emails may be relevant to the dormant investigation of Clinton's use of private emails while secretary of state.
Trump over the weekend used the development to hammer relentlessly at Clinton as the campaign enters its final week.
Despite those comments, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Trump plans to focus on health care, the fight against the Islamic State group, job creation and "certainly ethics." Conway said Monday "we don't plan on making the Comey investigation the main centerpiece of our messaging."
She appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Former Attorney General Eric Holder is assailing FBI Director James Comey for divulging that the bureau is reviewing newly discovered emails that may be relevant to Hillary Clinton email server investigation. Holder says Comey unleashed "a torrent of conspiracy theories and misrepresentations."
"That decision was incorrect," Holder writes in an op-ed in Monday's editions of The Washington Post. "It violated longstanding Justice Department policies and tradition."
Holder was referring to Comey's notification to the Republican heads of congressional committees that the scrutiny of Clinton's emails was being resumed in light of information turned up in connection with an unrelated investigation. That probe involves former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide and confidant Huma Abedin.
He said he respects Comey but "good men make mistakes."
Hillary Clinton enters the final full week of the presidential race on defense once again over her use of a private email system. Meanwhile, a newly emboldened Donald Trump is seizing on the discovery of a trove of new emails that may be pertinent to the FBI's investigation and trying to open new paths to victory by campaigning in traditionally Democratic states.
Clinton, who is set to campaign Monday across Ohio, vowed over the weekend that she would not be "knocked off course" in the election's final days by the discovery of new emails in an unrelated sexting investigation. It is unclear what is contained in the emails or if any of them was sent or received by Clinton herself.
"I'm not stopping now, we're just getting warmed up," Clinton told a crowd in Florida Sunday.
Trump campaigned with new vigor, He heads to Michigan for a pair of rallies Monday, It's a state that last voted for the Republican nominee for president in 1988.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/31/2016 12:50:15 PM
On Being's "Civil Conversations Project" features David Brooks and E.J. Dionne on politics, philosophy and public life. They say we should celebrate the American rituals that bind us together and revive the idealism of political service. And David Brooks says he wants "a little more human decency."
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/28/2016 6:07:13 AM
Minnesota's one statewide election features a state Supreme Court incumbent, Justice Natalie Hudson. She's following the judicial tradition of not campaigning on controversial issues. Her challenger, Michelle MacDonald, is ignoring that tradition.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/27/2016 10:57:55 PM
Al Franken is bringing some humor to the trail while he campaigns in Ohio alongside Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine.
The Minnesota senator and former comedian is encouraging about 100 union workers to knock on as many doors as possible until Election Day. He jokes: "Many of you have jobs, many of you have families - ignore them."
Franken then took a more serious approach, noting he won his 2008 Senate race by just about 300 votes. He said that's proof that every door knock and vote matters.
Franken and Kaine are trying to energize voters near Cleveland. Kaine will campaign later Thursday near Columbus. Ohio is an important toss-up state in the Nov. 8 election.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/27/2016 3:32:51 PM
Efforts to help some Minnesotans weather a looming spike in their health insurance costs were stymied again Wednesday. GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt accused the governor of a "dereliction of leadership" on the issue.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/26/2016 9:53:19 PM
Rochester city council candidates are debating whether local residents are taking a back seat to the interests of real estate developers. Meanwhile, developers and outside political groups are flooding money into the city's normally low-profile election.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/26/2016 5:27:02 PM
In Minnesota, they're allowed as long as they're not shown to fellow voters at the polling place or capture another person. North Dakota allows photos inside polling places, but Wisconsin law prohibits sharing photos of ballots.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/26/2016 1:27:36 PM
There's a pretty good joke making the rounds ahead of the World Series, which starts tonight in Cleveland. 'It's been so long since the Cubs or Indians have won a World Series that the last time they did, the presidential campaign of 2016 hadn't even started yet.'
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/25/2016 7:38:46 PM
Few candidates running for national or local offices seem willing to push climate change into the spotlight, no matter their views. That may be because polls show the issue can be more polarizing than abortion.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News10/25/2016 7:16:11 PM