Good morning from Washington, D.C., where the House has already started its holidays while the Senate will likely work through Thursday.
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A lawsuit challenging Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s authority to create a new online voter registration system apparently won’t void thousands of registrations already completed. (MPR News)
Advocates for victims of abuse by members of the Catholic clergy in Minneosta are calling for police search warrants and a grand jury investigation that could reveal potentially incriminating documents from the archdiocese. But so far, there are no clear signs that authorities will use that approach. (MPR News)
A copper mine that could provide hundreds of high-paying jobs on the Iron Range also is threatening to crack the fragile alliance of blue-collar Democrats up north and the environmentalists that are an influential part of Minnesota DFL’s base. (Star Tribune)
Two University of Minnesota students have drafted legislation to ban “gay conversion therapy” for minors in Minnesota. (MPR News)
In Washington/National Politics
The Republican political machine is trying to capitalize on Americans’ opposition of the Affordable Care Act by targeting ads at Democrats, including Minnesota DFL U.S. Reps. Rick Nolan, Tim Walz and Collin Peterson. (MPR News)
Three rivals for Michele Bachmann’s congressional seat found a great deal of common ground at a Saturday night candidate forum in Andover, Minn. (Star Tribune)
Bachmann is in Egypt again meeting with that country’s military leaders. In an earlier visit to Egypt this year, Bachmann praised a military crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. (Al-Ahram)
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges met Friday with President Obama and other top administration officials, part of a group of 16-newly elected mayors who went to the White House to map out an urban agenda. (Star Tribune)
News flash: little hope for a productive Senate session in 2014. (Washington Post)
Speaking of 2014, don’t expect Republicans to lay down and support a debt-limit increase without conditions early next year. (Politico)
There’s a bipartisan book club of U.S. Senators which includes Sen. Amy Klobuchar among its members. (St. Cloud Times)