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Steelmakers are happy. But what about everybody else? President Donald Trump's new steel and aluminum tariffs, which went into effect on imports from allies at the beginning of the month, were aimed at reversing American metals producers' economic fortunes. But the move has left others scrambling, with steel prices rising at home and allies slapping their own tariffs on U.S. products around the world, leaving broad tracts of the market wondering what happens next.
President Donald Trump's Monday claim that he can pardon himself garnered little support from North Dakota and Minnesota's leaders, with some even seeming to warn him — or reassure others — about the limits of the presidency's power. "The president may have that authority," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a prepared statement. "But the founding fathers built checks and balances into the Constitution between the legislative, executive and judicial branches in order to ensure that the power of the people is protected."
WASHINGTON—An attempt to pass a 2018 Farm Bill collapsed in the House of Representatives earlier this month, leaving farmers and ranchers tapping their feet, waiting for Congress to act on the vital package of crop insurance, food assistance and other programs that expires in late September. The bill failed on May 18 in a 213-198 vote. Many Democrats resisted food stamp work requirements, while the chamber's Republicans were divided over a separate immigration dispute — leaving Arthur, N.D., farmer Kevin Skunes hoping to see action soon.
GRAND FORKS—If he could, Chuck Hilger would meet the opioid crisis with a brand-new clinic in Bemidji. It's close enough to reservations to fight a nationwide wave of addiction, one that's taking Native American lives at six times the rate of other Minnesotans. But the world doesn't work that way.
Former FBI Director James Comey's first major interview since his firing by President Donald Trump aired on Sunday night. The interview, in which Comey called Trump "morally unfit," has North Dakota and Minnesota leaders at odds — and it has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., pressing to keep Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation open and independent.
Many North Dakota and Minnesota leaders have endorsed President Donald Trump's early Saturday airstrikes against Syria — a move they said was an appropriate response to a chemical attack that killed at least 43 people near Damascus earlier this week.
WASHINGTON—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from congressional leaders Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among them. Zuckerberg's appearance on Capitol Hill comes after news that Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm, was able to obtain the personal information of tens of millions of users, leading to intense concerns over user privacy. Those concerns are part of broader questions about the role social media played in Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., won the first quarter of 2018 and holds the cash-on-hand lead for fundraising in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race, according to fundraising figures released by the campaigns of both Heitkamp and her opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. Heitkamp's campaign said it had raised $1.6 million in the first quarter, ending with $5.3 million in cash on hand.
GRAND FORKS—Senators from Minnesota and North Dakota are split on the road ahead after President Donald Trump's Monday announcement that he is firing Rex Tillerson, his administration's secretary of state.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota's Republican leaders in Washington, often content with President Donald Trump's policy decisions, took a different tack last week upon his announcement of high metal tariffs, which critics say could harm the American economy.