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December 18, 2020

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Gov Tim Walz
Watch: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announce $195 million in affordable housing, Duluth News Tribune
COVID In MN: Gov. Walz Says State Is Receiving Less Vaccine Doses Than Promised, CBS Minnesota
US Senator Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar says she feels "positive" about prospect of COVID relief bill, CBS News
Klobuchar, Emmer expect $900 billion stimulus soon, including direct checks, Fox 9  
AG Keith Ellison
2 MN bars continue fight against Walz order; AG Ellison sues both, Bring Me the News
AG Keith Ellison files for temporary restraining order against Lakeville restaurant, KSTP
Minnesota News
Minnesota bars' licenses suspended for defying restrictions, MPR
COVID-19 in Minnesota: 2,775 new cases, 83 deaths reported Thursday, KSTP
Fired Minneapolis officer invoked 'Black Hawk Down' in stop of Somali teens, records say, Star Tribune
Billionaire philanthropist donates millions in Minnesota, including east metro nonprofits, Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Owner of Lakeville bar that reopened in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions charged with attempted murder of cops , MN Reformer
Why was I-94 built through St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood?, Star Tribune
US News
If COVID-19 Vaccines Bring An End To The Pandemic, America Has Immigrants To Thank, NPR Vice President Mike Pence gets vaccinated on live television, CBS
Moderna Ditches 400,000 Vaccine Doses But Still Set to Meet Goal, Bloomberg
Threat of another government shutdown hangs over Washington as Covid relief talks drag on, CNN
Biden Picks Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department, NYTimes
World News
Just ‘a few hours’ left to agree a Brexit trade deal, top EU negotiator says, CNBC
Freed Nigerian schoolboys arrive back home a week after abduction, NBC
Vladimir Putin Shrugs Off Alexei Navalny's Poisoning: 'Who Needs Him?', NPR
New Zealand offers free COVID-19 vaccines to neighboring nations, The Hill
Economic News
Five stark measures show rising American suffering as Congress stalls on aid, CNN
50 years of tax cuts for the rich failed to trickle down, economics study says, CBS
Environmental News
Michael Regan, Biden’s E.P.A. Pick, Faces ‘Massive Reconstruction and Rebuilding’, New York Times
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Biden's picks to handle climate change in his administration 'actually represent progress — real progress', Business Insider
Deal-makers and fighters make up Biden’s new climate team, Associated Press
Education News
The pandemic is a chance to rethink education, not settle for online lectures, The Guardian
Labor board denies teachers union’s attempt to halt return to CPS schools, Chicago Sun Times
Republican Party News
GOP signals no support for relief 'down payment', The Hill
Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville suggests he might challenge Electoral College count; other GOP senators mum, USA Today
Georgia Senate Election
Top Republicans offer conflicting messages about Trump's loss while campaigning in Georgia, WaPo
Rep. Tom Emmer will attend Joe Biden's presidential inauguration — but still won't call him president-elect, Star Tribune

Trump News
MAGA leaders call for the troops to keep Trump in office, Politico
Trump remains silent as massive cyber hack poses 'grave risk' to government, CNN
FDA pushes back on Trump tweet suggesting Moderna’s Covid vaccine won emergency-use approval, CNBC
Scoop: Pentagon halts Biden transition briefings, Axios

December 17, 2020

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Gov. Tim Walz
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to loosen COVID restrictions on bars, gyms, youth sports, Star Tribune

Sen. Tina Smith
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Applauds House Passage Of Two Bills Improving Services For Native American Veterans, Los Alamos Daily Post
Rep. Ilhan Omar
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar: A look back — and forward — at the end of a first term, Star Tribune
'We Are Not Embarrassed Enough': Ilhan Omar Slams Congress for Failing the Public on Covid Relief, Common Dreams
Rep. Dean Phillips
For Rep. Dean Phillips, COVID-19 relief talks in Washington have been a balancing act, Star Tribune
AG Keith Ellison
Ellison pledges to hold businesses that defy COVID-19 restrictions accountable, KSTP
Minnesota Legislature
State report details victimization of Minnesota’s American Indian women, Twin Cities Pioneer Press
MN COVID-19 Business Relief Package Breakdown, Lakeland PBS
Minnesota Legislator Who Believes ‘Water Cleans Itself’ Defends Potato Giant’s Irrigation Expansion in Fragile Pineland Sands, EWG
Minnesota News
Walz's newest COVID-19 order: 7 questions, answered, MPR
Minnesota will suspend liquor licenses of two bars and restaurants defying no indoor-dining order, Star Tribune
Minnesota elementary schools can reopen Jan. 18, MPR
Just like a century ago, there’s a class war in rural America, and the wrong side is winning, MN Reformer
US News
People Thought Covid-19 Was Relatively Harmless for Younger Adults. They Were Wrong., NYT
US sets new record for Covid-19 cases and deaths, The Guardian
California, the latest epicenter, is reporting more coronavirus cases than most countries in the world, Wapo
Congress to pick up COVID relief talks as lawmakers eye stimulus checks, USA Today
Groups hope Buttigieg opens door to more LGBT nominees, The Hill
Lie of the Year: Coronavirus downplay and denial, Politifact
World News
French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19, Insider
In Landmark Ruling, Air Pollution Recorded as a Cause of Death for British Girl, NYT
Fourteen People Convicted in Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Trial, WSJ
Brexit Countdown: What To Know As The United Kingdom Breaks With The EU, NPR
Life has got worse since Arab spring, say people across Middle East, The Guardian
Agriculture News
Environmental News
Biden to Pick Brenda Mallory to Run White House Environment Office, NYTimes
The Environmental Upside to the COVID-19 Lockdowns, NPR
Education News
'Losing A Generation': Fall College Enrollment Plummets For First-Year Students, NPR
Supreme Court Takes on College Athlete Pay, Inside Higher Ed
How The Biden Administration Can Focus On Education In The First 100 Days, Forbes
Labor News
Amazon Faces Unionization Push in Alabama, a Test in Labor Organizing Bid, Wall Street Journal
Argentina to add more transgender people to labor force, ABC
$900 Billion Pandemic Relief Deal Takes Shape, Nyt
McConnell included $600 checks in COVID-19 stimulus plans after hearing that opposition could cost Republicans the Senate runoffs in Georgia, report says, Yahoo News
Lawmakers face shutdown deadline amid ongoing stimulus talks, CNN
McConnell getting much of what he wants in emerging relief deal, The Hill
President Elect Joe Biden
Biden cuts ad for Georgia Senate candidates, The Hill
Republican Party News
GOP launches legal war on absentee voting ahead of Georgia runoffs, Politico
Georgia Senate Election
‘It’s nonstop’: Georgia Senate battles rage far from Atlanta, Politico
The real winner in the 5th Congressional District? D.C. political consultants, MN Reformer
No, you’re not ‘just asking questions.’ You’re spreading disinformation., MN Reformer

Trump News
Report: Trump Floated Not Leaving White House on January 20, New Yorker
Pence prepares to oversee Trump’s loss — and then leave town, Politico

December 16, 2020

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Gov. Tim Walz
Walz to extend in-person dining pause through holidays, allow gyms to reopen with restrictions, MPR
Walz to allow elementary schools to open in exchange for keeping bars, restaurants closed, Pioneer Press
US Senator Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar calls on federal government to help new businesses survive pandemic, KEYC
Rep. Dean Phillips
Congress Pushing for Deal on Economic Stimulus Plan, WNAX
Minnesota Legislature
State officials urge keeping fence around State Capitol well into 2021, Star Tribune
Millions in COVID-19 relief soon headed for Minnesota businesses, workers, Star Tribune
Minnesota News
Hopeful sign: Midwestern states see drop in new virus cases, Star Tribune
Minnesota frees man serving life in child's 2002 death, MPR
St. Paul, Minneapolis dismantle encampments as officials scramble to house homeless, Star Tribune
Aided by State Patrol helicopter, Minneapolis carjacking crackdown nets 41 felony arrests, Pioneer Press
Eden Prairie, Northfield acknowledge the Native land they're built on, Star Tribune
US News
Congressional leaders add stimulus checks to $900 billion relief package as they near deal, Wapo
Lawmaker’s Death Chills U.S. Statehouses Where Masks Are Shunned, Bloomberg
‘Like a Hand Grasping’: Trump Appointees Describe the Crushing of the C.D.C., NYT
MAGA-world may resist the vaccine, but it still wants Trump to get credit, Politico
World News
Hungary passes anti-LGBTQ law effectively barring same-sex couples from adopting, CNN
People affiliated with French military used Facebook to meddle in Africa, Wapo
City Of Paris Is Fined 90,000 Euros For Naming Too Many Women To Senior Positions, NPR
Environmental News
Trump administration delays endangered species protection for monarch butterfly "on the brink of collapse", CBS
America's last wilderness is about to go to the highest bidder for oil drilling, The Guardian
Pelosi warns lawmakers they'll be barred from speaking on House floor without a mask, The Hill
President Elect Joe Biden
Biden to name Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary, Washington Post
Biden poised to nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to lead Department of Energy, CNN
Biden praises Ossoff and Warnock in campaign event in Georgia, CBS
Biden To Name Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Chief, As Domestic Climate Coordinator, NPR
Republican Party News
How McConnell and the GOP let Trump down gently, Politico
Ron Johnson calls election legitimate and acknowledges Biden victory but still plans hearing on alleged 'irregularities', Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
DeVos urges career staff to ‘be the resistance’ as Biden takes over, Politico

2020 Election
Could Congress overturn Biden’s Electoral College win? Possibly. Will it? No., NYT

Trump News
Judge rejects Trump Organization's claim of privilege to shield documents from New York attorney general, ABC
William Barr’s resignation is a final, parting shot to the rule of law, Wapo
Melania Trump breaks children's hospital rules by taking her mask off to read to patients, CNN
Pence likely to get the coronavirus vaccine by Friday, CNN
Mar-a-Lago neighbors to Trump: Spend your post-presidency elsewhere, Wapo

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Gov. Tim Walz
Minnesota businesses plan to defy Walz shutdown order, Star Tribune
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to announce next steps for COVID-19 restrictions Wednesday, Inforum
Gov. Walz observes first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arriving in Minnesota, Fox 9
AG Keith Ellison
AG: We're sending a message to businesses who defy state orders, KNSI
Minnesota could free man serving life in child's 2002 death, AP
Sec. of State Steve Simon
Judge dismisses Moorhead candidate's lawsuit challenging state house seat election, Inforum
Minnesota Legislature
Legislators pass COVID-19 relief package for businesses, workers, Star Tribune
Minnesota News
Data suggests MN did not see Thanksgiving COVID surge, KARE 11
Electoral College casts Minnesota's 10 votes for Biden, Star Tribune
The Bad Cops: How Minneapolis protects its worst police officers until it’s too late, MN Reformer
US News
A Day That Settled an Election and Brought Hope for Defeating a Pandemic, New York Times
Georgia GOP official urges Trump to respect results of the Electoral College, CBS
Biden to campaign in Georgia for Senate candidates Ossoff and Warnock, NBC
Attorney General William Barr resigns, CNN
US agencies, companies secure after huge hack, AP
World News
Boko Haram claims kidnapping of over 300 boys in Nigeria, making an alarming move west, WaPo
UK finds new mutation of COVID-19 behind rapid spread across London, New York Post
Protesting Indian farmers call for 2nd strike in a week, AP
Environmental News
Can dairy adapt to climate change?, BBC
A 'frozen rainforest' of microscopic life is melting Greenland's ice sheet, CNN
Healthcare News
Moderna Vaccine Is Highly Protective and Prevents Severe Covid-19, Data Show, New York Times
President Elect Joe Biden
After Electoral College cements win, Biden unleashes scathing attack on Trump's refusal to concede, NBC News
Biden will arrive in office amid a pandemic. It will be his biggest challenge — but also an opportunity., Washington Post
Republican Party News
Representative Paul Mitchell leaves Republican Party over its refusal to accept Trump’s loss., New York Times
When Republicans say 'we're fighting voter fraud,' they mean 'we're defrauding voters', MSNBC
A Michigan Republican refused to rule out violence in electoral college protests. Now he’s lost his committee seats., Washington Post
Rogue Florida Guv’s Next Pandemic Fiasco: Vaccine Rollout, Daily Beast
‘This is the reality’: Newsmax and One America grapple uneasily with Biden’s electoral college victory,Washington Post
2020 Election
McConnell for the first time recognizes Biden as President-elect, CNN
Pete Stauber
Duluth mayor, local officials criticize Stauber for challenging presidential election results, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota GOP moving their winter retreat to Deadwood, South Dakota, WCCO Radio
Profiles in fealty: MN GOP delegation fails to defend democracy, Star Tribune

Trump News
Trump antagonizes Republicans with Georgia fundraising ploy, Politico
Ready for Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago shadow presidency? That's where all this is heading, Salon
Trump retweets lawyer who said Republican officials in Georgia are 'going to jail', The Hill
Putin Finally Accepts Biden’s Victory, Leaving Trump Standing Alone, Daily Beast

December 11, 2020

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DFL News
DFL Party Statement on Tom Emmer Backing An Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Presidential Election,

Gov. Tim Walz
Walz to announce whether current COVID-19 restrictions will be extended on Monday, KSTP
Is Minnesota’s Shut Down Order Set to Be Extended?, KROC  
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Minnesota adds tobacco giant Altria to ongoing suit against Juul Labs, Star Tribune

Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota legislators may agree on Covid help for businesses, but not workers, Biz Journals
Minnesota News
MDH says even mild COVID-19 cases can end up as 'long-haulers', KARE 11
Experts: Anonymous vote on white supremacist church violated Minnesota's open meeting law, Star Tribune
Parents of high school athletes sue over Minnesota’s COVID-19 sports freeze, Pioneer Press
US News
FDA advisory panel endorses Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, Axios
US carries out rare execution during presidential transition, AP
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Named 'Time' Person Of The Year, NPR
World News
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai charged under national security law, CNN
EU Approves $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Plan Backed by Joint Debt, Bloomberg
Argentina Moves Toward Legal Abortion Amid Push for Women’s Rights, NYTimes
Economic News
British Pound Tumbles as Prospects Dim in Brexit Talks, NYT
New Studies Show The Pandemic Highlights Inequality In U.S. Education System, NPR
Trump issues sweeping new curbs on asylum eligibility, Politico  
The antitrust case against Facebook: Here's what you need to know, CNN
Environmental News
Paris climate agreement: 54 cities on track to meet targets, The Guardian
Healthcare News
It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard, NYT
F.D.A. Advisory Panel Gives Green Light to Pfizer Vaccine, NYT
President Elect Joe Biden
Biden’s electors prepare to seal his victory, as Trump and coronavirus rage, Politico
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Named 'Time' Person Of The Year, NPR
‘We cannot go home without it’: Negotiators inch toward deal on $1.4 trillion spending measure, Politico
Republican Party News
Hundreds of GOP members, including Minnesota's Tom Emmer, sign onto Texas-led election lawsuit, KSTP
McConnell rejects bipartisan Covid relief plan while House adjourns until next week, CNBC
Georgia senators in runoff sow distrust of Georgia’s own election system, MN Reformer
2020 Election
Explaining the Supreme Court lawsuit from Texas and Trump challenging Biden's win, CNN
'The moment of truth': The Electoral College prepares to hand Trump the loss he refuses to accept, USA Today
Pennsylvania GOP State Legislators Urge SCOTUS to Side Against Their State in Trump Election Fight, Daily Beast
Pete Stauber
Stauber won't commit to Biden election, taking vaccine, Duluth New Tribune

Tom Emmer
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer signs on to an amicus brief asking Supreme Court to overturn election, MN Reformer
Rep. Tom Emmer backs bid to get U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Biden's win, Star Tribune

Trump News
In Arizona, Trump’s false claims have torn open a GOP rift, AP

December 9, 2020

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Gov. Tim Walz
Walz details COVID-19 vaccine plan; GOP leaders back it, MPR
Sen. Tina Smith
Sens. Warren, Smith tell Azar they discovered ‘significant gaps’ in Covid testing, CNBC
Sen. Tina Smith urges MNsure enrollment, KEYC
Rep. Dean Philips
DFL and Republican Congressmen from Minnesota and South Dakota come together for COVID relief,
“Problem Solvers Caucus” Push Economic Stimulus Plan, WNAX
Secretary of State Steve Simon
Simon says Minnesota’s election was fairly conducted, condemns parroting of conspiracy theories, Pioneer Press
MN Sec of State on election conspiracies: "Someone is going to get killed.",
Simon on claims of election fraud: ‘I will not at this hearing amplify or dignify conspiracy theories’, MN Reformer
Minnesota secretary of state: Family has been target of harassment over 2020 election, Fox 9
Minnesota Legislature
The political glass ceiling has been cracked, but the shards can cut, MN Reformer
Minnesota News
Minnesota could receive its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, Star Tribune
What you need to know as Minnesota prepares for a COVID-19 vaccine, MPR
Census delays could hamper Minnesota lawmakers’ ability to redraw state political map, MinnPost
Murdock to decide whether whites-only group can use former church, MPR
National panel recommends Burrell's immediate release, MPR
US News
US Army fires Fort Hood officers and orders policy shift following 25 deaths, The Guardian
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani receiving same Covid drugs as president, BBC
Boise health board abruptly adjourns coronavirus meeting as protesters gather outside and at board members' homes, CNN
World News
Rich countries hoarding Covid vaccines, says People's Vaccine Alliance, BBC
Argentina moves closer to historic abortion legalisation, The Guardian
UK’s Boris Johnson heads to Brussels in last-ditch attempt to avoid a no-deal Brexit, CNBC
Patients hospitalized with mystery illness in India have nickel and lead in blood, officials say, CNN
Environmental News
The world’s rich need to cut their carbon footprint by a factor of 30 to slow climate change, U.N. warns, Wapo
Covid lockdowns will only lower 2050 temperatures by 0.01C, predicts UN, The Guardian
Most of America’s dirty power plants will be ready to retire by 2035, Grist
'We Now Need to Do the Impossible.' How Greta Thunberg Is Fighting for a Greener Post-Pandemic World, Time
Healthcare News
A new Supreme Court case considers whether low-income people can lose Medicaid if they aren’t working, Vox
President Elect Joe Biden
Biden introduces vaccine pledge as US Covid cases soar past 15 million, The Guardian
Biden to pick Vilsack for agriculture secretary, Fudge for HUD, Axios
House approves defense bill with veto-proof majority after Trump urges GOP opposition, CNN
Pelosi, Schumer blast $916B White House coronavirus relief proposal, NBC News
Republican Party News
Even in Defeat, Trump Tightens Grip on State G.O.P. Lawmakers, New York Times
Why the Right’s Principled Populists Will Lose, New Yorker
PA GOP Leader: My House Would Get ‘Bombed’ If I Didn’t Want To Help Trump Overturn Election, Talking Points Memo
How Oath Keepers Are Quietly Infiltrating Local Government, Politico
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Very Own MAGA Superspreader?, Daily Beast
2020 Election
Embattled Texas AG Sues Swing States in SCOTUS to Save Trump, Daily Beast
YouTube to remove content that alleges widespread election fraud, The Hill
‘Very worried that this affects our brand’: Georgia Lt. Gov. tells GOP to accept election results, Politico
27 GOP reps ask for special counsel to investigate election irregularities, The Hill
Arizona Supreme Court crushes GOP chair Kelli Ward's coup attempt, USA Today
Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania Republicans' attempt to block Biden victory, CNN
Nevada Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign’s appeal to overturn Biden’s win, Wapo

Trump News
Trump says he will intervene in Texas election lawsuit, The Hill
The Time Donald Trump Got to Play With a Big Truck, New Yorker
Poll: Majority of Republicans, independents believe Trump will run in 2024, Politico


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