Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.
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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.
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.
WASHINGTON — Politicians from North Dakota and Minnesota split their support along party lines for a broad overhaul of the American tax system, with Republicans cheering what they see as a big economic booster. But Democrats questioned its estimated $1.5 trillion bottom line as well as benefits to corporations and America's wealthiest.
Grand Forks Air Force Base became part of the far-ranging network of responses to storm devastation in Puerto Rico this past week. According to an Air Force release, airmen at the base "weighed, manifested and loaded cargo" for South Dakota Army National Guard members last week ahead of their departure for the U.S. commonwealth. An accompanying photo for the release shows Spc. Jorge Morales, a Puerto Rico native and a member of the South Dakota National Guard, holding a Puerto Rican flag out the driver's window of a large military vehicle at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office have given the public plenty to talk about. But is he doing a good job? It depends on who you ask. According to political leaders from North Dakota and Minnesota, the answer varies from an A to a B to disappointment in Trump's "ineffective" start.