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Secret Service director, grilled by lawmakers on the Trump assassination attempt, says ‘we failed’
Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle was berated for hours by Republicans and Democrats, repeatedly angering lawmakers by evading questions about the investigation during the first hearing over the July 13 assassination attempt.
You ask, we answer: Biden dropped out, now what?
President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 presidential race on Sunday and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the next nominee. Here are answers to questions MPR News readers asked us about the news.
Harris wins Pelosi endorsement, claims many of the delegates she needs for the nomination
More than 700 pledged delegates have told The Associated Press or announced that they plan to support Kamala Harris at the Democratic National Convention. That is over one-third of the pledged delegates she needs in order to clinch the nomination.
Rep. McCollum sees VP Harris atop ticket energizing women to back Democrats
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents Minnesota’s 4th District, told Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer she’s willing to back Harris and favors Gov. Tim Walz for a running mate.
Rep. Phillips backs Harris for president but wants other contenders heard
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips challenged President Joe Biden for the presidential nomination and now backs Vice President Kamala Harris, but he said he also wants Democrats to hear from other potential candidates. “Competitions create better outcomes,” he told MPR News.
‘There’s a parallel’: Former governor Arne Carlson reflects on his own eleventh-hour race
President Joe Biden’s late-race dropout might feel a little familiar to lifelong Minnesotans. Thirty-four years ago, Minnesota saw a gubernatorial election that had plenty of controversy.
Minnesota delegates react to Joe Biden’s exit from the presidential race
MPR News spoke with all 93 Minnesota delegates. The majority support Harris, but eleven remain uncommitted — that’s the most in any state.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz doesn’t rule out VP role as presidential nomination race is reset
Gov. Tim Walz told Minnesota Now that he spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday and would join the Democratic ticket if it helped improve chances of a win.