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Appeals Court to Decide Whether Detectives Cajoled Brendan Dassey's Confession

The Brendan Dassey case is back in the public eye. A federal appeals court Tuesday will re-hear an appeal of a judge’s ruling, which overturned Dassey’s conviction.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says Russians, who wanted to hack into the state voter registration database, appear to have mistakenly tried to get into state Department of Workforce Development records.

Last Friday, state elections officials said they were told by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the hackers targeted Wisconsin's election system, as well as systems in 20 other states. DHS said the hacking attempt was not successful.

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Republicans are once again waving the white flag on health care.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he is pulling the Republican health care bill because it does not have the votes.

Rather than endure another embarrassing vote that sees his caucus come up short, the senators agreed in a closed-door meeting to shelve the bill.

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There are many stories of bravery and survival from the second world war - from soldiers risking everything to save their comrades to everyday people helping others escape. But one story of survival is perhaps not as well known - and that may be because Charlotte von Mahlsdorf hid herself in plain sight during the Nazi regime.

Born Lothar Berfelde in 1928, von Mahlsdorf was a self-described transvestite. She survived both the war and life in East Germany as openly transgender and was a beacon of hope to other European LGBTQ people throughout her life.

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Donald Trump grabs worldwide headlines, it seems, every time he sends a message into the Twitterverse, whether it's about North Korea, or the National Anthem protests by professional athletes.  Wisconsin writer John Nichols says that while those stories have importance, there are equally important stories involving members of the Trump Administration that are going underreported.

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In the world of organ transplants, one person could potentially save eight lives. Each donor has two lungs and two kidneys, as well as a heart, liver, pancreas, and intestine. When you count non-lifesaving organs, like eyes or skin, even more people could be helped by a complete body donation.

Many of us have the orange donor dot on our drivers’ licenses, but that alone isn't quite enough to ensure your wishes are carried out.

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In 2014 the number of people receiving FoodShare benefits in Wisconsin dropped precipitously. And that sounds like a good thing: less people needing financial help to buy food should mean that there are less people in need. But it seems that might not be the case. As reporter Jabril Faraj found out, the change in recipients could have more to do with changes to eligibility requirements.

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Milwaukee County's acting sheriff has submitted his application to be appointed to the position. Richard Schmidt stepped into the post September 1st, when David Clarke suddenly resigned. Schmidt held a news conference Monday to talk about his first few weeks in office. He says he's already made major changes in how his department operates. He says he's found ways to cut costs. And he says he's helped improve public safety by cracking down on speeding. Over the last few weeks, he says Milwaukee County deputies have written more than 800 additional speeding tickets.

The latest Republican push to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act appears to have met the fate of all previous Senate repeal efforts this year — it doesn't have the votes needed to pass the chamber.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday that she will oppose the bill, authored by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy. Collins' decision means three Republicans have now publicly said they are against the bill — and that is one more than the GOP could afford to lose.

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Gov. Scott Walker signed two huge pieces of legislation into law last week -- the state budget and the Foxconn deal.  The state would give the Taiwanese electronics giant $3 billion to build a huge LCD manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin.  

While the Foxconn deal looks like a victory for Walker now, things could get dicey as we head into the 2018 gubernatorial election.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke about the developments with JR Ross of wispolitics.com in this week's "Capitol Notes" segment.

The Supreme Court has taken two cases involving President Trump's controversial travel ban off its calendar, after the White House issued a revised and expanded ban. The justices ordered both sides to file new briefs over whether parts of the issue are now moot.

"The cases are removed from the oral argument calendar, pending further order of the Court," the justices wrote in an order issued Monday.

Parties in the two cases — Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v. Hawaii — have until next Thursday, Oct. 5, to file their briefs.

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