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  Alabama Senate votes to repeal Common Core standards

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to repeal Common Core standards.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

With Ivey’s signature, AL raises fuel taxes for first time since 1990s

  Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

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  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

Committee passes 10-cent gas tax increase and heads to House for debate

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

Gov. Ivey calls special session focused on gas tax

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Report: Infrastructure neglect endangering safety of Alabamians

Bill would require human trafficking training for AL law enforcement

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

AL governor calls for 10-cent gas tax increase

The location for the governor's introduction of the Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan was not chosen at random.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Etowah Co lawmaker says lack of bridge may affect whether he votes for gas tax

A state lawmaker from Etowah County says he may not vote for Governor Ivey's proposed gas tax.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

  Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

Alabama Democratic Party ordered to hold new election for chair, vice chair

The Democratic National Committee has ordered the Alabama Democratic Party to hold a new election for its chairman and vice chairman positions in the next 90 days.

Bill would scrap AL concealed carry permit requirement

State Senator Gerald Allen says Alabamians have a Constitutional right to carry without having to register with their local sheriff’s office.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe.

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes.

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

The U.S. has shown "no readiness or desire" to engage in substantive talks on extending the pact, which limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, according to a Russian official.

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests.

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

  Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer, but he also appealed to his political base with his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

  Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

  Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

  White House: ‘Hysteria’ over Trump fuels inaugural committee probe

Federal prosecutors in New York issued the subpoena on Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

A spokeswoman says the committee intends to cooperate with the inquiry. She said the committee received the subpoena late Monday and was reviewing it.

Trump spends majority of workday in unstructured ‘executive time,’ report says

“Executive Time” is a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings. According to his leaked agendas, since the midterms, he spends most of his time doing these things and far less time on policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a re-election challenge within GOP

The initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.

Trump is latest to give State of Union at time of turmoil

President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil.

  US pulls out of Cold War-era nuclear treaty, blaming Russia

President Donald Trump said Russia has been secretly developing "a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad."

  Sen. Cory Booker announces he’s running for president

Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, already made stops in states associated with the presidential race. Booker said in December he is thinking hard about running for president in 2020.

  Trump, Pelosi remain far apart on the border wall issue

Trump, who in recent weeks has expressed indifference to whether the term "wall" or something else is used, clung with renewed tenacity to the word that became his campaign mantra.

  Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) enters second year of work on Capitol Hill

As Alabama’s Democratic Senator Doug Jones kicks off his second year of work on Capitol Hill, the underdog leader weighs in about his time in office so far.

  Pelosi takes hard line against wall money in funding bill

Her remarks came after Democrats had signaled at least some flexibility in the talks on border security funding that began only Wednesday.

  Trump says ‘wall’ must be part of lawmakers' border deal

A fresh, protracted crisis could make it difficult to tackle other upcoming business such as a deal to prevent automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

  Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of Union

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe case

Stone is expected to plead not guilty to charges that he lied to lawmakers, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

  Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn't think the negotiators will strike a deal that he'd accept.

  Democrats uneasy about ex-Starbucks CEO’s talk of running for president

He's considering running as an independent, a prospect many worry could draw support from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shift on concrete wall, tariff myth

The president insists he never proposed a concrete wall, promoting instead a "see-through" barrier made of steel. That's a change on how he talked in the past.

Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government

Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks.

  Trump signs bill to end government shutdown, longest in US history

Trump announced the agreement to break the 35-day impasse as intensifying delays at the nation's airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the standoff.

  Failed votes, accusations of ‘crocodile tears’ and a ‘down payment’ offer from Trump as shutdown goes on

Federal workers will miss a second paycheck tomorrow as the shutdown is in day 34.

Secret Service members use special coins to commemorate gov’t shutdown, no pay

The perimeter of the coin reads “United States Secret Service Essential Personnel.” The back of the coin includes an illustration of the nation’s Capitol with a “closed” sign and the promise: “Don’t worry. You’ll get backpay.”

  Commerce chief asks why furloughed gov’t workers using food banks during shutdown

Wilbur Ross' comments were the latest in a series of remarks by Trump officials about the shutdown that struck some critics as tone deaf.

  APNewsBreak: Pete Buttigieg joins 2020 presidential race

"Right now our country needs a fresh start," the mayor of South Bend, IN, says.

  Democrats work on new shutdown compromise, as federal workers protest at Senate building

The offer is a possible path toward a compromise even though it does not have money for his wall.

Source: Mueller investigates link between Trump campaign, NRA

His team is asking questions about how President Donald Trump came to speak at the organization's annual conference in 2015, two months before declaring that he'd be running for president.

  Senate agrees to vote on competing bills to end shutdown

The Republican package would re-open the shuttered parts of government and boost some spending. To try to draw more bipartisan support, it adds $12.7 billion in supplemental funding for regions hit by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.