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  Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Cohen paid the head of a small technology company between $12,000 to $13,000 for activities related to Trump’s campaign, things like trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Trump’s favor

Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant families

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

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  Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

Kay Ivey’s inaugural address looks to the past, on to the future

As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

  US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria."

At border, Trump says ‘we can declare a national emergency’ over wall

The president visited a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security.

  Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats, says GOP is unified in shutdown showdown

The president also called the meeting a “total waste of time" in a tweet afterward.

National parks, air travel and beer: Shutdown impacts widely felt

The government shutdown may be partial, but it's still painful to those it impacts.

  Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ, reports say

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

AP FACT CHECK: White House notion of Mexico as terrorism gateway is false

Trump to address nation, plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

Ginsburg will miss Supreme Court arguments for the 1st time

Russia: Too early to consider exchange of US spy suspect

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

With talks stalled, House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments, starting with the Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

Government shutdown may delay tax refunds

The IRS is one of the agencies affected by the partial government shutdown that went into effect the Saturday before Christmas. The government is at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s desire for $5 billion to fund a border wall.

‘Hamildrop’ featuring Obama charts on Billboard R&B

The song was released late last month by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

New year begins with Romney, Trump at odds

Amid a government shutdown and a new congress, one freshman Republican senator is calling out the president.

New year, new Congress: Power dynamic in Washington changing soon

The shutdown standoff will dominate headlines as the 116th Congress gavels in, but there’s a lot more to the new power dynamic in Washington in 2019.

  Little progress on shutdown, as Trump says it will last ‘as long as it takes’

The president said he was prepared to continue a standoff with Democrats “as long as it takes.”

Washington Gov. Inslee running for president

The governor’s intention to vie for the Democratic nomination was announced in an article published Wednesday in The Atlantic. He intends to focus on climate change as a threat to economic and natural systems.

Federal workers sue government over lack of pay during shutdown

The union for federal employees claims the government is violating federal labor law by requiring those deemed “essential” to work without pay while the government is shut down.

House Democrats have a plan to re-open government

House Democrats are introducing legislation to re-open the government, but without extra money for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths onto Democrats

After a trip to the border following the deaths, the secretary of Homeland Security said the "the system is clearly overwhelmed" and announced new medical screening procedures for all child migrants.

Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

While the White House was talking to congressional Democrats — and staff talks continued on Capitol Hill — negotiations dragged Wednesday, dimming hopes for a swift breakthrough.

Barack, Michelle Obama most admired: Gallup

The former president has been the most admired man for 11 years running, according to the annual Gallup poll.

Report: Doctor diagnosed Trump with bone spurs to help him stay out of Vietnam, doctor’s children say

In 1968, Trump was 22 and had already received four deferments due to education.He then got a fifth deferment on medical grounds due to the diagnosis of bone spurs in his feet.

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress. And there is no end in sight.

Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies

CBP said in the statement that it needs the help of other government agencies to provide health care. The agency “is considering options for surge medical assistance” from the Coast Guard and may request help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, and the F

US says 2nd Guatemalan child has died in immigration custody

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday.

Spending Christmas at White House, Trump says shutdown continues without wall and offers holiday greetings to troops

Asked when the government would reopen, Trump said: "I can't tell you when the government's going to be open. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it."

‘Marginal’ Santa believer puts out cookies after Trump chat

In one conversation, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman, "Are you still a believer in Santa?" He listened for a moment before adding, "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?" Trump listened again and chuckled before saying, "Well, you just enjoy yourself."

Trump: ‘Nothing new’ on shutdown

A stalemate over the wall led parts of the government to shut down Saturday after funding for numerous departments and agencies expired.

2018 year in politics: Tariffs, Supreme Court fight, Russia probe among highlights

It was a volatile year that saw some economic highs and political in-fighting lows around a Supreme Court nominee, all under the microscope of a special counsel investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.

Mattis leaving Pentagon sooner than planned, Shanahan tapped

An acting defense secretary is highly unusual. Historically when a secretary has resigned, he has stayed on until a successor is confirmed.

  Senate adjourns until next week; no border deal

Christmas-season gridlock has descended on the nation's capital just before the holiday, with a partial government shutdown over a dispute about money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

US government shutdown explained: Who works, who doesn’t?

Trump had said he wants $5 billion budgeted for the wall. A partial government shutdown could occur if there are no spending bills passed into law by Congress by midnight Friday.

Mattis resigning as Pentagon chief after Trump disagreements

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a strongly worded statement laced with bitterness that a premature U.S. pullout before ISIS is defeated would have dangerous repercussions including a resurgence of the extremist group and a destabilizing effect on the entire region.

Bills aim to end USDA’s ‘painful’ medical experiments on cats

Sen. Jeff Merkley on Wednesday introduced a Senate version of the KITTEN act of 2018. KITTEN stands for “Kittens In Traumatic Testing ends now.”

Mueller asks for Roger Stone transcript from House committee

A House committee is expected to vote on releasing a transcript of their interview with Roger Stone to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Senate passes stopgap spending measure, easing threat of government shutdown

The Senate passed a spending bill on Wednesday night to fund the government through early February, bringing the government one step closer to avoiding a shutdown in the coming days.

Lawmakers call for probe into Guatemalan child’s death in federal custody

"There are things that we need to learn," said U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, a California Democrat who was part of the delegation visiting the Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Report: Trump signed letter of intent for Moscow tower

CNN reports it obtained a copy of a letter of intent for a Trump Tower in Moscow, signed by then-candidate Donald Trump.

Judge agrees to postpone Flynn sentencing

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he will be updated by the defense and prosecution on Flynn’s status in March and adjourned court, telling everyone “Happy Holidays.”

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.

Comey slams GOP, defends FBI after closed-door questioning

Former FBI Director James Comey slammed Republicans for not speaking out against President Donald Trump's attacks on the FBI.

Russian disinformation campaign on social media extensive, ongoing, according to reports

“With at least some of the Russian government’s goals achieved in the face of little diplomatic or other pushback, it appears likely that the United States will continue to face Russian interference for the foreseeable future,” the researchers said.

Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown

Trump said last week he would be "proud" to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise to build a border wall. But the president doesn't have the votes from the Republican-controlled Congress to support funding for the wall at that level.

Interior secretary Zinke to leave administration by end of year, Trump says

Ryan Zinke , the 52nd Secretary of the Interior, was tapped by Trump in December 2016.

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Michael Cohen — who for more than a decade was a key power player in the Trump Organization and a fixture in Trump's political life — said he "gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty." Cohen spoke in an interview with ABC that aired Friday on "Good Morning America."

  Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it's unclear if they will be considered by the House — passage Thursday showed senators seeking to assert oversight of Trump administration foreign policy and the relationship with Saudi Arabia.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga.

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They're vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling

Judge asks Mueller for more info on Manafort allegations

A judge on Tuesday told special counsel Robert Mueller to provide more information about the alleged lies former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told prosecutors.

Trump threatens gov’t shutdown in heated meeting with Dem leaders over border wall

Trump conferred Tuesday at the White House with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline to shut down a range of government agencies.

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

Hundreds of young demonstrators are planning to turn out Monday on Capitol Hill to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals — including a nationwide transition to 100 percent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years — that's collectively dubbed the Green New Deal

Trump confirms John Kelly leaving White House at end of year

Pres. Donald Trump said Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out.

George HW Bush laid to rest in Texas

Pres. George H.W. Bush arrived at the presidential library in College Station aboard the Bush 4141 train, and is being laid to rest.

Supreme Court hearing closely watched double jeopardy case with Russian probe implications

The high court is considering whether to overturn a court-created exception to the Constitution's double-jeopardy bar that allows state and federal prosecutions for the same crime.

President George H.W. Bush honored at state funeral; body returns to Texas to lie in repose

Family, friends, dignitaries and all the living presidents honored George H.W. Bush's live on Tuesday. "For us, his was the brightest of the thousand points of light," his son George W. Bush said.

GOP senators, White House clash after CIA briefing on Khashoggi murder

The White House and GOP senators are at odds over who ordered the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

Bush family returns to Capitol rotunda to view casket, thank visitors

The Trumps stood in front of Bush's casket with their eyes closed for a few moments Monday evening before Trump gave a salute. The former president will lie in state until services Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

‘A great leader who made a great difference’: George HW Bush lies in state after eulogies from Pence, others

The 41st president has returned to Washington, DC, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday.

Dictionary mocks President Trump’s latest Twitter misspelling

In an angry tweet, President Donald Trump said former attorney Michael Cohen was getting off “Scott Free.”

Funeral services for George H.W. Bush to be held in Washington, DC, Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush will be interred Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum near his wife and daughter.

Trump’s labor secretary criticized for negotiating wealthy sex offender’s plea deal

Epstein, a financier who counted Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, among his friends, was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls as far back as 2001.

Report: White House prepared to announce bump stock ban

Bump stocks gained national attention last year after a gunman in Las Vegas rigged his weapons with the devices to fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people.

Trump says pardon for Manafort ‘not off the table’

President Trump suggested in a new interview that pardoning Paul Manafort is a possibility.

Government shutdown looms over border wall fight

Congress has a little more than a week to avoid a potential government shutdown, and there's a big wall in the way.

GM stocks plunge after White House threats

General Motors stocks plunged after President Trump warned he will cut all subsidies for the company if they lay off thousands of Americans.