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Trump rallies for border wall as McConnell moves new bill: ‘No Cave!’

President Trump on Tuesday urged Republicans not to “cave” on border security and the partial government shutdownas Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lines up a vote on legislation to fund a border wall and the government -- and challenge Democrats in the process.

Trump says he appreciates Mueller’s statement disputing BuzzFeed report

President Trump on Saturday said he appreciates FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller releasing a statement disputing parts of a BuzzFeed news report claiming Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Sen. Bob Casey rules out 2020 presidential bid

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has decided not to run for president in 2020, saying in a statement that the best way for him to fight for Americais to remain in the Senate.

Pelosi says Trump administration derailed trip plans again, with leak and security warning

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office accused the Trump administration on Friday of leaking plans for a congressional delegation to fly commercial to Afghanistan after they were denied military aircraft, saying the related security risks have forced them to postpone the trip -- in the latest escalation of the bitter feud over the partial government shutdown.

Pelosi says Trump derailed trip plans again with leak; White House calls claim 'flat out lie'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office accused the Trump administration on Friday of leaking plans for a congressional delegation to fly commercial to Afghanistan after they were denied military aircraft, saying the related security risks have forced them to postpone the trip -- in the latest escalation of the bitter feud over the partial government shutdown.

Women’s March losing steam, supporters amid anti-Semitism concerns

The Women’s March, which was hailed as an international rebuke ofPresident Trump in 2017when throngs of activists took the streets the day after his inauguration, is steadily losing supporters amid an anti-Semitism scandalthat won't go away.

Congressional leaders meet at White House as shutdown stances harden

Congressional leaders met at the White House on Friday for the second time this week as the partial government shutdown drags on with no end in sight -- with Democrats refusing to fund a wall on the southern border, and Republicans warning “if there’s no wall, there’s no deal.

Pelosi claims gavel vowing focus on gun legislation, Dreamers, 'checks and balances'

Speaker Nancy Pelosi,reclaiming the gavel on Thursday, described her party's majority in the House of Representatives as part of a "new dawn" -- and outlined an agenda that includes expanded gun background checks, protections for some illegal immigrants, anda check on the Trump administration's power.

Pompeo warns Iran over plans to launch rockets into space

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned Iran over plans to launch rockets into space, saying the move would violate theU.N. resolution that enshrined the Obama-era nuclear deal -- the latest push by the U.S.

Socialism Rising: Dems take House pushing massive government expansion, as party lurches left

The growing socialist wing of the Democratic Party will flex its muscle Thursday with the seating of the new Congress, as more self-described Democratic Socialists join the ranks and dozens of sitting and incoming members – including likely 2020 hopefuls – embrace a massive government expansion that would make FDR look like a penny pincher.

Schumer demands Trump 'abandon the wall' as DC faces shutdown stalemate

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called on President Trump to "abandon the wall"Saturday if he wants to re-open the government, saying Trumpdoes not have the votes in the Senate to get it funded --hours after the government shut down over an impasse over funding for President Trump's signature 2016 campaign promise.

Trump signs criminal justice reform bill

President Trump on Friday signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill, marking a major legislative victory on an issue that garnered bipartisan support despite deep partisan gridlock on everything from immigration to health care.

Trump administration moves to tighten food stamp rules

The Trump administration announced a plan Thursday to tighten work requirements for work-eligible Americans on food stamps -- a move theDepartment of Agriculture says will nudge those on welfare toward self-sufficiency.

Former FEC commissioners: Trump-Cohen 'hush' payments not necessarily a violation

Michael Cohen's guilty plea and subsequent sentencing for campaign-finance violations and other crimes revived speculation about President Trump's potential legal exposure-- butsome former Federal Election Commission members say neither of them necessarily committed a violation with hush-money payments to purported Trump paramours.

Haley set for UN showdown over historic vote to condemn Hamas

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was set for a showdown Thursday over ahistoric U.S.-led bid to have the world body formally condemn Hamas for its terrorist activities against Israel -- a fight that, if successful, would go down as a signature achievement for the departing ambassador.

Trump backs Pence, dismisses ‘phony’ report he questioned loyalty

President Trump on Saturday pushed back on a “phony” New York Times story that said Trump was unsure of Vice President Mike Pence’s loyalty and that a 2020 shakeup could be on the cards -- telling reporters that Pence was “100 percent loyal.

Trump, Kavanaugh impeachment speculation kicks up after Dems’ House takeover

With Democrats set to reclaim control of the House in January and President Trump already infuriating them with the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speculation is rampant over whether they will use that power to pursue impeachment against the president -- or even Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

5 races that might not be decided on Election Night

As voters cast their ballots across the country, the number of tight races makes it all but inevitable that some contests won't be called on Election Night -- in several states and districts, the vote count could drag into the wee morning hours of Wednesday, and at least one might not be decided until late November, even December.

Trump administration announces re-imposition of Iran sanctions

The Trump administration on Friday announced the restoration of the final round of sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the controversial 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- though there will be some exemptions for eight countries.

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