Split State Power Tempers GOP's Health Care Plans

Minnesota Republicans who spent two years vilifying the federal health overhaul and the state's health insurance exchange have had to scale back their hopes for a wholesale makeover. Faced with split government power, members of the next GOP House majority are lining up smaller tweaks to MNsure...

  • In this Feb. 8, 2011 file photo, Jonathan Gruber poses in his home in Lexington, Mass. GOP Lawmaker Asks for Probe of MNsure Adviser Deal

    A Republican legislator says Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson should consider seeking payback from a health care contractor hired to assist in the launch of the Minnesota insurance exchange. Rep. Greg Davids of Preston urged Swanson to examine the contract with Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist...

  • Minn. Woman Blinded by Takata Air Bag Shares Her Story

    A Minnesota woman is sharing her story about an accident that changed her life. Shashi Chopra was blinded when her air bag deployed during a crash last year. Investigators say the air bag, made by Takata, can inflate with too much force in some older model cars and spew metal fragments at passengers...

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, from left, take their seats prior to a bilateral meeting of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran, Austria, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. China Holds Out Hope for Iran Nuclear Deal

    Talks on Iran's nuclear program appeared likely to be extended beyond their midnight deadline Monday, but China's foreign minister said negotiators were still working on elements of a deal. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed Sunday to start discussion on continuing the talks past the target date...

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about the costs of illegal immigration in his state during a press conference at the Republican governors conference in Boca Raton, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. GOP Hopefuls Avoid Specifics in Response to Obama's Immigration Order

    The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama's order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully...

  • Former Mayor and current DC City Council member Marion Barry arrives at a media availability to endorse Mayor Vincent Gray's bid for re-election, in this, March 19, 2014 file photo taken in Washington. Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

    Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council...

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