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Mike Rounds

Federal delegation crisscrosses state during August break

South Dakota's federal lawmakers are still discussing Planned Parenthood and the Iran nuclear deal during their August break, but at county fairs and coffee shops rather than in the halls of Congress. The all-Republican delegation — Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds — have dozens of events scheduled from Buffalo to Parker over the congressional recess. Lawmakers say the break allows them to hear concerns from regular South Dakotans and to get feedback about where members' priorities should be when they return to Washington in September. "It's like I'm in rehab," Rounds said, sitting in his Pierre office after a recent meeting...