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Government shutdown, day 2: White House makes 'counteroffer,' asks for less than $5B for border wall funding Government shutdown, day 2: White House makes 'counteroffer,' asks for less than $5B for border wall funding
WASHINGTON – The partial government shutdown could go on for potentially many more days – and perhaps weeks – but the White House indicated Sunday that it was backing down on its main sticking point: It was requesting less than $5 billion for border wall funding. Still, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney didn’t indicate what that number was. President Donald Trump is not backing do...
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A look at what public services will – and won’t – be interrupted if there is a government shutdown going into holidays A look at what public services will – and won’t – be interrupted if there is a government shutdown going into holidays
WASHINGTON – The third federal government shutdown of Donald Trump's presidency now could be just hours away. A quarter of the government will run out of funding and will close at midnight Friday unless Congress and the White House reach an agreement to keep things operating. A temporary measure to keep the funds flowing at current levels through Feb. 8 collapsed on Thursday after Trump said...
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In his Santa hat, Obama surprises kids at children's hospital with toys before Christmas In his Santa hat, Obama surprises kids at children's hospital with toys before Christmas
WASHINGTON - Former President Barack Obama made a Christmas stop at a children's hospital in the nation's capital on Wednesday, bringing along with him a sack of toys. Wearing a red Santa hat, the 44th president stopped by Washington Children’s National Health System and hauled a red and white bag filled with toys as he visited with sick children. Families, children and staff members at the ho...
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Rep. Martha McSally will be appointed to John McCain's Senate seat Rep. Martha McSally will be appointed to John McCain's Senate seat
Republican Rep. Martha McSally will replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl to fill for the next two years the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. John McCain. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to appoint McSally, announced in a statement Tuesday and effective next month, revives her political life less than two months after she narrowly lost the race for the state’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyr...
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Redacted portions of FBI interview with Michael Flynn released ahead of sentencing Redacted portions of FBI interview with Michael Flynn released ahead of sentencing
WASHINGTON– A fuller account of a disputed FBI interview of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn was made public late Monday, but it did not counter Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's assertions that Flynn lied about his then-communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The document's release comes on the eve of Flynn's sentencing in District of Col...
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'Republicans will never stop': Obama slams GOP after ruling against Affordable Care Act 'Republicans will never stop': Obama slams GOP after ruling against Affordable Care Act
Former President Barack Obama responded Saturday on social media to a federal judge's ruling that core aspects of the Affordable Care Act were unconstitutional, calling the decision "a reminder that Republicans will never stop trying to undo" the protections offered by his signature health care law. "If they can’t get it done in Congress, they’ll keep trying in the courts, even when it puts peo...
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President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloud President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloud
WASHINGTON – Ryan Zinke, the embattled secretary of the Interior, is leaving the administration at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced via tweet Saturday. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation," Trump said on Twitter. Zinke's replacement will be announced next week, he said. Zinke is the latest top-level Trum...
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Jon Kyl will resign from Senate on Dec. 31, setting up another appointment by Ducey to McCain's seat Jon Kyl will resign from Senate on Dec. 31, setting up another appointment by Ducey to McCain's seat
Sen. Jon Kyl will resign from the U.S. Senate on Dec. 31, setting up a second appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey to the seat once occupied by the late John McCain, The Arizona Republic has confirmed. Ducey is required under law to name another Republican to the seat. A replacement to the Senate seat "will be announced in the near future," according to the governor's office. Kyl wrote a letter ...
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Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, is sentenced to three years in prison for 'dirty deeds' Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, is sentenced to three years in prison for 'dirty deeds'
NEW YORK – Michael Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, making the longtime personal attorney for Donald Trump the first member of the president’s inner circle to serve time in a case that could place the former real estate mogul in legal jeopardy. Cohen, known for years as Trump’s fixer in legal and business matters, pleaded guilty in August to a series of crimes, including ...
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Judge awards Trump lawyers nearly $300,000 in Stormy Daniels case Judge awards Trump lawyers nearly $300,000 in Stormy Daniels case
A California federal judge awarded attorneys for President Donald Trump nearly $300,000 in fees Tuesday related to a failed defamation claim brought by porn star Stephanie Clifford. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero directed Clifford to pay $293,052.33 to Trump's lawyers, concluding that the attorneys were entitled to most – but not all – of the $389,403.11 they had sought. Otero said Trump...
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