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'Pivot counties' will be key in fight for Senate control

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Mike Fogleman voted for Democrat Joe Donnelly in the 2012 U.S. Senate race. Then he went for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.

Politics Friday: Supreme Court seat opens up and controversial pipeline wins approval

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It's our weekly look at Minnesota politics.

Why the Tax Act Will Not Boost Investment

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The centerpiece of the Republican Tax Act signed into law at the end of last year was the cut in the corporate income tax rate. The reduction in the tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, along with other reductions in business taxes, accounts for almost 40 percent of the $1.6 trillion projected gross cost of the tax cuts.

Story says poll shows Trump tied to Obama at same point in presidency

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A story on Facebook celebrates President Donald Trump’s approval rating and boasts that it is better than two of his predecessors, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan.

The Great Recession wrought life-altering changes for St. Louis area autoworkers

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On a breezy spring evening, Chris Paplanus donned his umpire gear to work the plate at a girls softball game at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex.

Despite call for big cuts, Trump's budget maintains regulatory spending

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Since his days on the campaign trail, Donald Trump has promised “very, very big cuts in regulation.” Last December, he took credit for success toward that goal, announcing that his agencies had removed 22 regulations for every new one issued during his first eight months in office.

Do deficits matter? We may be about to find out

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No accounting concept gets mentioned as often, or misunderstood as widely, as the federal budget deficit. Over the decades, this simple revenue-minus-spending sum has been both praised and criticized for its effects on the economy, and cited frequently as a sign of the nation’s moral decline.

Misleading NRSC ad paints Heidi Heitkamp as Donald Trump contrarian

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A North Dakota National Republican Senate Committee ad portrays Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., as a contrarian to President Donald Trump.

The age of cherry-picking

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These days, it isn’t just that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus. Increasingly, politicians on either side are cherry-picking evidence to support their version of reality.

Politics Over Process: Partisan Conflict and Post-Passage Processes in the U.S. Congress

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Although the U.S. Constitution requires that the House of Representatives and the Senate pass legislation in identical form before it can be sent to the president for final approval, the process of resolving differences between the chambers has received surprisingly little scholarly attention.

How trustworthy are the polls, more than a year after the 2016 election?

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Over the past year, political professionals have been picking over the pre-election polling data to figure out whether the polls failed to predict Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton.

After a Chaotic Start, Congress Has Made a Conservative Mark

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After a halting start, the Republican-controlled 115th Congress —sometimes in collaboration with President Trump, often despite him — has enacted surprisingly far-reaching conservative achievements in its first year, among them a long-promised rewrite of the tax code, oil drilling in the Arctic and a series of lifetime appointments to the judiciary.