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Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Mount Pleasant property owners are being asked to option their land for Foxconn: the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Rick Romell reports: As efforts build to lure Foxconn Technology Group to Wisconsin, real estate professionals have been seeking options on parcels of land that could be cobbled together to form a site for a massive electronics factory. One spot that has seen a flurry of activity is along I-94 in the Village of Mount Pleasant. There -- in an area bounded by the interstate frontage road on the west, Racine County Highway H on the east, Highway 11 on the north and Braun Road on the south -- four landowners said this week that they have been approached recently about optioning or selling their property.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke won't run for Senate and calls group trying to draft him a 'scam PAC': Journal Sentinel's Patrick Marley writes: “I want to put this to a rest because it’s becoming a distraction. No, I’m not running for Senate,” Clarke told Vicki McKenna of WISN-AM (1130). Out-of-state groups have been raising money to try to get Clarke into the race, including one led by Duane “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman from the reality TV show “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” “It’s a scam PAC really,” said Clarke. “They don’t need my permission to do it.”

At ALEC confab, Conservative state legislators plot ways to get Washington under control: The Washington Post's David Weigel reports: Washington’s slide into quicksand has given Republican state legislators and governors new enthusiasm to restrict the federal government. Among the hundreds of legislators at the conference, there was a surge of interest in constitutional amendments, which could pass by getting two-thirds of states to call conventions under Article V of the Constitution. Republicans control 33 state legislatures; having 34 could light the match, reshaping federal power to make laws like the Affordable Care Act impossible.

Sean Spicer Faced Myriad Obstacles During Dramatic White House Rise and Fall: The Wall Street Journal's Michael C. Bender writes: Less than a month into his new job, White House press secretary Sean Spicer needed to keep his food and drink cold. He wanted a mini-fridge. He dispatched a top aide to a nearby executive office building where junior research employees are crammed into a room, surviving on Lean Cuisine frozen lunches. Mr. Spicer wants your icebox, the aide said, according to people familiar with the incident. They refused to give it up. So Mr. Spicer waited until sundown—after his young staffers had left—to take matters into his own hands. He was spotted by a fellow White House official lugging the icebox down the White House driveway after 8 p.m.

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show: The Washington Post's Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller report: Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

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Mass. gov: 'I wasn't invited' by Paul Ryan to Boston event: The Boston Herald reports: Gov. Charlie Baker said he didn’t join U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan during his highly publicized visit to Lawrence this week because he “wasn’t invited.” Baker’s absence from Ryan’s event, where he outlined his tax overhaul package at a New Balance factory, drew attention, especially as the governor has sought to distance himself from national Republicans on their biggest fight to date, health care.

Selig, Kohl, Marcus and others bonded at UW fraternity before going on to greatness: The Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt writes: By any measure of future success, the group of young men who gathered daily at the Pi Lamb fraternity house was an extraordinary bunch. There were those who went on to become prominent attorneys, businessmen, physicians and leaders of men in their communities but it went far beyond that with some. And it all started with childhood friends Bud Selig and Herb Kohl, who grew up on the West side of Milwaukee and stayed together through every level of education. “We grew up a half block from each other,” said Kohl, whose family lived on 51st Boulevard. “We went to Sherman School together, then Steuben Junior High and Washington High School. Then it was on to UW. We were very close, so it was no surprise we ended up in the same fraternity.”