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Supreme Court inaction suggests DACA safe for another year

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The Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation and that President Donald Trump has sought to end seems likely to survive for at least another year. More>>

Syria attack victims include daughter of US police official

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The Pentagon has identified three of the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Syria this week. More>>

The Latest: Pelosi accuses White House of 'dangerous' leak

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Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is canceling a congressional fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and claiming the White House leaked her plans to fly commercial. More>>

McConnell's maneuvers take backseat to Trump in shutdown

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One of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's guiding principles is: "There's no education in the second kick of a mule.". More>>

Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

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President Donald Trump is promising protesters demonstrating against abortion rights that he will veto any bill that "weakens the protection of human life." Trump spoke via video Friday to participants in this year's March for Life on the National Mall. More>>

Shutdown hits home for Trump; he lives in government housing

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Life at the White House during shutdown means no selfies at receptions, no visitors touring its famous rooms and a skeletal staff meeting basic needs. More>>

Sen. Merkley asks FBI to investigate DHS secretary

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Sen. Jeff Merkley is asking the FBI to investigate whether Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lied under oath during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in December. More>>

Trump, North Korean leader to hold 2nd summit

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High-level talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planned for this week in Washington. More>>

Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

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The House intelligence committee chairman said he will "do what is necessary" to confirm a published report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations over a real estate project in Moscow. More>>

Pelosi cancels Afghanistan trip, cites Trump 'leak'

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Trump grounds Pelosi, denying her a military plane to visit troops abroad and raising stakes in their brinkmanship. More>>

Kobach's defeat puts future of voter database in doubt

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Future of a contentious multi-state voter registration database is uncertain now that former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach no longer holds that office. More>>

The Latest: Iranian TV journalist not accused of crime

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The son of an Iranian television anchorwoman who has been jailed in the U.S. says his mother has not yet been released. More>>

Trump staffing up to fend off potential primary challenge

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is staffing up to fend off any potential primary challenger. More>>

Airstrike on IS-held area in Eastern Syria kills 20

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Syrian opposition activists say an explosion outside an office belonging to an al-Qaida-linked group in the country's northwestern has killed at least 11 people. More>>

The Latest: Trump to hold 2nd summit with North Korea's Kim

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korea's former spy chief have begun their highly anticipated meeting aimed at resuming efforts to end the North's nuclear weapons program. More>>

Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015

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President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer is acknowledging paying a technology company to artificially boost Trump's standing in two online polls, saying Trump directed him to do it. More>>

Trump administration to roll out new missile defense plan

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The Trump administration is about to roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system. More>>

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

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The government shutdown is taking a toll on preparations for this year's wildfire season. More>>

Gillibrand hustles to Iowa, where potential rivals made mark

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Gillibrand starting from scratch in Iowa, where other Democratic presidential prospects have gotten a head start. More>>

MLK holiday represents big moment for 2020 Democrats

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Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in politics: race. More>>

Cyprus: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

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Cyprus' foreign minister says he's optimistic that the US will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation's contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean. More>>

Ailing federal worker says she'll get back lapsed insurance

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An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon says she can't learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown. More>>

Could Dems' 2020 nominee be someone you've never heard of?

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Few people know Pete Buttigieg's name outside South Bend, Indiana, the Rust Belt community where he's mayor, but none of that has deterred him from contemplating a 2020 Democratic presidential bid. More>>

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

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The nation's deadly opioid crisis is bringing new and unwanted attention to the wealthy Sackler family and complicating its philanthropic legacy. More>>

Trump administration proposes higher 'Obamacare' premiums

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Trump administration proposal would lead to higher 'Obamacare' premiums. More>>

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

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On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists. More>>

Pentagon IDs US Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan

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The Pentagon says an Army Ranger has died as a result of gunshot wounds suffered during combat in Afghanistan. More>>

Freshmen House Dems cut different paths across Capitol Hill

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Together, they helped flip the House to Democratic control, but now House Dems are sorting themselves over policy, Twitter and Trump. More>>

The Latest: Giuliani denies report Trump told Cohen to lie

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President Donald Trump is accusing his former personal attorney of "lying to reduce his jail time!" after BuzzFeed News published a report saying Trump had asked his ex-fixer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress in 2017. More>>

Watchdog: Thousands more children may have been separated

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Government investigators say many more migrant children may have been separated from their parents than the Trump administration has formally acknowledged. More>>

Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay, apology not enough

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Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay for 1MDB role, apology not enough. More>>

The Latest: UN: 34 killed in Congo since vote results issued

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The Latest: Congo dismisses AU request to delay vote results, says it's up to the courts. More>>

The Latest: Dem says EPA's Wheeler 'as extreme' as Pruitt

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President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, is describing himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment. More>>

Was there collusion? Trump lawyer walks back earlier remarks

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he's "never said there was no collusion" between Russia and members of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. More>>

Law firm tied to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement

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A law firm tied to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's international consulting work has agreed to pay $4.6 million and register as a foreign agent. More>>

Trump says US will develop space-based missile defense

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Trump administration calling for expanding defense technologies in space to better protect US. More>>

Brazil's Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's first two weeks on the job have been filled with missteps and communication gaffes _ and little in the way of his promised sweeping changes. More>>

US and North Korea to hold talks on 2nd Trump-Kim summit

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A senior North Korean official has arrived in Beijing, reportedly en route to the United States for talks ahead of a possible second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. More>>

Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch

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The House has voted overwhelmingly to maintain sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, protesting the Treasury Department's decision to lift the financial penalties. More>>

The shutdown today: Trump grounds Pelosi trip abroad Video included

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The shutdown today: Candy and a walkout by the president. More>>

Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan

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Thousands protest across Sudan against al-Bashir's 29-year rule, 2 reported killed in Khartoum. More>>

Pence defends wife's teaching job at school that bars gays

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Pence describes reports on his wife's new teaching job as 'major news organizations attacking Christian education'. More>>

The Latest: Giuliani aims to clarify collusion comments

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has issued a new statement aimed at clarifying earlier comments that appeared to leave open the possibility of collusion between members of Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. More>>

The Latest: Trump calls for expanded missile defense program

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President Donald Trump is calling for an expanded missile defense program to better protect the United States. More>>

Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech Video included

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Trump's Republican allies dismiss as a political ploy Pelosi's request that he postpone his planned State of the Union address. More>>

Zimbabwe pastor faces subversion charge amid economic unrest

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US 'alarmed' as Zimbabwe targets activists amid unrest; doctors' group treats 68 gunshot cases. More>>

The Latest: Trump, Pelosi flex muscle, shutdown goes on Video included

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The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the partial government shutdown and topped 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. More>>

Hawaii's Gabbard apologizes for past LGBTQ statements

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Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is responding to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by recoding a new YouTube video. More>>

China says economy czar to visit Washington for trade talks

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China says its economy czar, Vice Premier Liu He, will visit Washington on Jan. 30-31 for talks aimed at resolving a costly tariff war. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutor hopes case cracks 'code of silence'

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A judge has acquitted three Chicago police officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. More>>

US presses ahead with border wall in court despite shutdown

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A government attorney in South Texas has said in court that during the ongoing partial government shutdown, he's been only allowed to work on cases related to a proposed border wall. More>>

DeVos suffered broken pelvis, hip socket in cycling accident

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is recovering from a broken pelvis and hip socket that she suffered in a recent cycling accident. More>>

Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead

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Investigative journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead by gunmen. More>>

Italy's Berlusconi rebounds again to run for EU parliament

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Silvio Berlusconi is back, again, running in European Parliament elections after a court ruled he could once again hold political office. More>>

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats' wall fight

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Border wall aside, shutdown dispute over whether to negotiate before or after government reopens is also about leverage now and later. More>>

Outpouring of generosity for TSA workers, others without pay Video included

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The government shutdown has generated an outpouring of generosity to Transportation Safety Administration agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. More>>

Carell, 'Office' producers reteam for 'Space Force' comedy

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Steve Carell of 'The Office' is starring in a new workplace comedy about people assigned to create a sixth branch of the armed services _ a Space Force. More>>

2020 Democrats face a choice: Fight Trump or ignore him?

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As the Democratic primary gets underway, Democrats must decide how _ and whether _ to respond to Trump's pugnacious and insensitive attacks on his political opponents. More>>

Indonesian presidential candidates spar over corruption

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has accused his election rival of allowing corrupt candidates on his legislative ticket and failing to include women in senior positions. More>>

EU lawmakers seek cuts for nations reneging on rule of law

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Amid deep concerns about the rule of law in Hungary and Poland, European Union lawmakers want to suspend EU funds to states that interfere in their courts or fail to tackle corruption. More>>

Harmony Korine's latest, Beto O'Rourke doc to debut at SXSW

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Harmony Korine's "The Beach Bum," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut and a documentary on the breakout campaign of Texas politician Beto O'Rourke will premiere at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival. More>>

Colbert, Maddow are coveted slots for presidential wanna-bes

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Some of the first stops for Democrats wanting to succeed President Donald Trump are the studios where CBS' Stephen Colbert and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow work. More>>

Trump birth control coverage rules blocked nationwide

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A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. More>>

After Americans killed, Trump's Syria plan prompts questions

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A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed two U.S. soldiers and two American citizens in northern Syria. More>>

White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks Video included

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The White House is describing comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy as "abhorrent.". More>>

Michigan State President Engler says he'll resign next week

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Michigan State University's board has called an impromptu meeting amid renewed criticism of interim President John Engler's handling of the fallout around disgraced ex-sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar. More>>

Unbearable stench: Giant sewage spill befouls Peru's capital

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Amid an unbearable stench in Peru's capital, thousands of workers, police and soldiers are struggling to contain and clean up a flood of sewage that has caused a health emergency in one of Lima's most populous districts. More>>

Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks

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Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work for coal companies and other industries regulated by the agency is expected to draw scrutiny Wednesday when a Senate committee considers his nomination to the post full time. More>>

Watchdog: GSA ignored emoluments in OKing Trump hotel lease

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The inspector general for the General Services Administration says the agency improperly ignored the U.S. Constitution's provision outlawing foreign gifts when it OKed President Donald Trump's management of his Washington hotel after his 2016 election. More>>

The Latest: Pelosi asks Trump to postpone State of the Union

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation _ set for Jan. 29 _ until the government reopens. More>>

Government shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

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Congress is planning to skip next week's planned recess if the partial government shutdown continues. More>>

Castro explains Puerto Rico campaign trip: 'Everyone counts'

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Democrat Julian Castro is in New Hampshire for the first time as a presidential candidate, and his message to voters is that he believes "everyone counts.". More>>

The Latest: Michigan State president says he'll quit Jan. 23

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A Michigan State University trustee says the board will seek to oust interim school President John Engler if he doesn't resign amid criticism of his handling of the fallout around disgraced ex-sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar. More>>

Justices appear ready to void Tennessee alcohol sales law

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The Supreme Court appears ready to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol. More>>

Senate upholds Treasury decision to ease Russian sanctions

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The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. More>>

Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow 'absurd'

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Russia's foreign minister says that the United States has ignored Moscow's proposal to inspect a Russian missile that Washington says has violated a nuclear arms treaty. More>>

Gay rights group takes issue with Karen Pence's new employer

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Karen Pence's return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" as among the disqualifying criteria for employees is drawing criticism from the nation's largest gay rights advocacy group. More>>

Federal workers take on odd jobs to make ends meet

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Other government workers are driving for Uber, relying on word of mouth and social networks to find handyman work and looking for traditional temp gigs to help pay the bills during the longest shutdown in US history. More>>

Barr seeks to assure senators he won't be a Trump loyalist

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Questioned by Senate, Barr tries to assure Democrats that he won't be a Trump loyalist as attorney general. More>>

The Latest: Lavrov: Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east

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Russia's foreign minister says that the United States has ignored Moscow's proposal to inspect a Russian missile that Washington says has violated a nuclear arms treaty. More>>

Supreme Court rejects appeal over military burn pits

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The Supreme Court is rejecting appeals from military veterans who claim they suffer health problems because of open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. More>>

After years of King's remarks, why now for the GOP response? Video included

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Fellow Republicans' tolerance of longtime Iowa Rep. Steve King appears over, after a seemingly endless string of comments seen as insensitive and even racist. More>>

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand jumps into 2020 presidential race

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has taken a major step toward announcing a presidential bid, saying she is launching an exploratory committee for a White House run. More>>

Drug trafficker tells of bribe to ex-president of Mexico

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A Colombian drug trafficker has testified that Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico. More>>

Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products

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Oregon's two senators are urging the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. More>>

Sen. Sherrod Brown to tour early states before 2020 decision

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Sen. Sherrod Brown is launching a tour of three states that cast pivotal early votes in the 2020 presidential primary. More>>

Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

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Health care proposals are among the first actions for some new Democratic governors and Democratically controlled legislatures. More>>

US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

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A new defense intelligence assessment lays out U.S. concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries that Beijing could decide it has the ability to attack Taiwan and win. More>>

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

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A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. More>>

German woman charged over years in IS-controlled Syria

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German prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against a German woman arrested after allegedly spending several years in a part of Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. More>>

US weighs new ways to detect and track enemy missiles

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The Trump administration is considering ways to expand U.S. homeland and overseas defenses against potential missile attack. More>>

Some in GOP split with White House on Russia sanctions

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Ahead of vote, Mnuchin seeks to persuade GOP senators to support administration's decision to ease sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Deripaska. More>>

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

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Los Angeles parents are wondering how much their kids were learning during a teacher strike in the nation's second-largest school district. More>>

Trump's attorney general nominee: 'I will not be bullied' Video included

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President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee expected to face questions about Russia probe, executive powers at confirmation hearing. More>>

House rebukes GOP's Steve King over racist remarks Video included

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House GOP denies Iowa's Steve King a place on committees after remarks about race. More>>

The Latest: Graham says Barr will 'do well' in Senate vote

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The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says attorney general nominee William Barr's unsolicited memo criticizing the Russia investigation showed a "determined effort to undermine Bob Mueller.". More>>

The Latest: House approves measure rebuking Iowa Rep. King Video included

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No. 3 House Republican leader Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming suggests GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa should leave Congress. More>>

Trump's AG pick vows not to target marijuana businesses

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Attorney general nominee William Barr says he would "not go after" marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal. More>>

Ivanka Trump to work on World Bank president search

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The White House says Ivanka Trump will take part in the nomination process for a new head of the World Bank. More>>

Washington lieutenant governor skips speech over gun fears

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Washington state's lieutenant governor declined to preside at Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State speech because he was concerned people might bring concealed weapons into the joint session of the Legislature. More>>

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has agreed to testify before his panel on Feb. 8. More>>

Liz Cheney's rebuke of King reflects tougher GOP approach

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Liz Cheney's rebuke of King reflects new, tougher GOP approach. More>>

High drama, few results as Trump warns of 'long' shutdown Video included

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Trump says he shouldn't need to declare national emergency to build border wall, isn't looking to do so. More>>

Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV hosts

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President Donald Trump is paying tribute to Clemson for winning the national championship with a White House ceremony Monday evening. More>>

The Latest: Dem freshmen seek out McConnell to talk shutdown

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The White House has invited rank-and-file House Democrats to lunch with President Donald Trump, bypassing Speaker Nancy Pelosi as part of a strategy to peel off centrist and freshman lawmakers to support funding his U.S.-Mexico border wall. More>>

Amid shutdown, Texas governor sidesteps border wall debate

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Karen Pence teaching art at religious school in Virginia

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Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, returns to the classroom to teach art to elementary students in Northern Virginia. More>>

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

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Government figures show the EPA has hit a 30-year low in the number of pollution cases referred for criminal prosecution. More>>

Mueller not ready for Trump aide's sentencing, filing says

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Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates will have to wait at least another two months for his sentencing date in the Russia investigation. More>>

ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

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ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo, saying prosecutors failed to prove case. More>>

GOP's John Kasich joins CNN as commentator

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Ohio Republican John Kasich, a frequent critic of the president, says he's joined CNN as a political commentator. More>>

White House names scaled-back delegation for Swiss forum

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The White House has named the members of a scaled-back delegation that will represent the Trump administration next week at an annual economic conference in Switzerland. More>>

AP sources: Gillibrand moving toward 2020 bid in coming days

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Several people familiar with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's plans say the New York Democrat is expected to take steps toward launching a presidential campaign in the coming days by forming an exploratory committee. More>>

Trump says changes coming in US handling of high-tech visas

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President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the U.S. handles H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. from abroad. More>>

Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing

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Congo's Constitutional Court has begun hearing an appeal against the official election results lodged by opposition candidate Martin Fayulu. More>>

Man who took 2 women hostage at UPS facility is dead

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Prosecutors say an armed man burst into a UPS facility in New Jersey and took two female workers hostage before officers stormed in and resolved the ordeal. More>>

Far-right party draws watchful eye of German intelligence

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Germany's domestic intelligence agency says it is putting the far-right Alternative for Germany party under heightened scrutiny amid concerns that it is flirting with extremism. More>>

Family's fight for liquor license leads to Supreme Court

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Supreme Court set to hear dispute over Tennessee's residency requirements for liquor store owners. More>>

Trump's AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe

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President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators "it is vitally important" that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation. More>>

At Trump's side, Border Patrol union leader in spotlight

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Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents thousands of border patrol agents, has flipped the axiom about there being no winners in a government shutdown. More>>

Pentagon agrees to extended role on US-Mexico border mission

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The Pentagon says it has agreed to provide new and extended help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, including personnel to operate security cameras. More>>

Iowa's King off House committees after remarks about race

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A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is introducing a formal punishment for Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, over his comments about white supremacy. More>>

AG nominee sent memo on Mueller probe to Trump's lawyers

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President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general sent White House lawyers a memo arguing the president couldn't have obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey. More>>

Family's fight for liquor license leads to Supreme Court

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Supreme Court set to hear dispute over Tennessee's residency requirements for liquor store owners. More>>

Poles unite in grief over assassination of Gdansk mayor

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Polish blood donors are coming forward in droves in a bid to save the life of Gdansk's mayor, who needs transfusions after being stabbed in the heart and the abdomen while on stage at a charity event. More>>

Trump's evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

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Pompeo in Saudi Arabia for Mideast crises talks: Syria, Yemen wars, threats from Iran, murder of journalist Khashoggi. More>>

Big winners in Trump rollback of wetlands rules? Developers

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President Donald Trump often points to farmers as among the biggest winners from the administration's proposal last month rolling back federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country. More>>

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

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President Donald Trump is issuing a denial Monday that he had ever worked for Russia, as he lobs attacks at the former federal officials who have launched investigations against him. More>>

AP sources: Gillibrand moving toward 2020 bid in coming days

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Several people familiar with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's plans say the New York Democrat is expected to take steps toward launching a presidential campaign in the coming days by forming an exploratory committee. More>>

Trump declares he'll 'never back down' in shutdown fight Video included

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Congress returns to Washington for its first full week of legislative business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, but lawmakers will face with the same lingering question: When will the partial government shutdown end?. More>>

US tells Saudis to hold 'accountable' killers of journalist

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he told the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia that Trump administration expects them to hold 'accountable' those responsible for death of journalist. More>>

The Latest: House GOP blocks Iowa Rep. King from committees

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House Republicans will block Iowa Rep. Steve King from serving on any committees in the new Congress as punishment for his remarks about white supremacy. More>>

The Latest: Barr prepares for Senate confirmation hearing

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President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators that President Donald Trump didn't seek any assurances or promises before nominating him. More>>

Report: 2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya

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LGBT rights activists say that at least two people have died and about 40 people detained in what has been described as a new crackdown on gay people in Russia's Chechnya. More>>

The Latest: Trump rejects short-term shutdown fix Video included

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President Donald Trump is vowing to continue to fight for border wall funding during a speech in New Orleans. More>>

Democrats celebrate crop of new governors who took GOP seats

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Democrats in seven states are celebrating capturing governor's offices previously held by Republicans. More>>

Gov. Pritzker gives Democrats near-record power in Illinois

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Billionaire J.B. Pritzker took the oath as Illinois governor, giving Democrats nearly unprecedented power at the Statehouse after four years of divided government only worsened the economic woes of a state billions of dollars in debt. More>>

Trump seeks to sell shutdown, trade policies to farmers

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President Donald Trump is on his way to Louisiana after a mechanical issue delayed Air Force One's departure from Washington. More>>

In and Out: Trump selective about travel during shutdown

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In and Out: Trump being selective about travel during partial government shutdown. More>>

The Latest: Trump tells farmers that wall won't hurt them

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Farmers are gathering in New Orleans to hear from President Donald Trump as their businesses feel the effects of his trade policies and the partial government shutdown. More>>

New Democratic Kansas governor promises bipartisan approach

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Kansas' new Democratic governor has called for the state to "forge a new chapter" of bipartisanship. More>>

Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices

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Liberal lawmakers challenge Trump with drug cost legislation that echoes some of his own themes. More>>

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

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With final preparations under way, 2020 presidential primary season ready to explode. More>>

House Dems announce sweeping investigation of drug pricing

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House Oversight Committee launches sweeping investigation of drug company pricing. More>>

Criminalizing 1st-time DUIs is a tough sell in Wisconsin

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A handful of Wisconsin Republicans are hoping new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will help them finally criminalize first-offense drunken driving. More>>

Supreme Court stays out of dispute over Whitaker appointment

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The Supreme Court is refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the acting U.S. attorney general. More>>

Ex-governor, Trump critic John Kasich lands talent agent

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Republican John Kasich, now Ohio's ex-governor, has landed himself a talent agent as the potential 2020 presidential candidates contemplates his future. More>>

Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

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Pompeo: Trump's threat against Turkey if it attacks Syrian Kurdish fighters underscores US commitment to partners. More>>

High court: KY death row inmate's case should get new look

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The Supreme Court is telling Kentucky's highest court to take another look at the case of a serial murder on death row in the state. More>>

Barr as attorney general: old job, very different Washington

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If confirmed as attorney general, Barr would return to a Justice Department in a very different Washington. More>>

Trump's weekend: New Russia questions, shutdown irritants

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President Donald Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he currently is or has ever worked for Russia. More>>

How long can O'Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke is doing anything he can to keep interest going in potential 2020 presidential candidacy, without actually jumping in quite yet. More>>

Justices leave in place Montana campaign contribution limits

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The Supreme Court is leaving in place Montana's limits on contributions to political campaigns. More>>

Trump says US will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

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President Donald Trump says if Turkey attacks the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces fighting in Syria, the United States will "devastate Turkey economically.". More>>

Activists want details on inquiry into ex-nuke weapons plant

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Activists are asking a judge to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver. More>>

The Latest: Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

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A Donald Trump ally says the president isn't giving in on his demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border _ the issue that's led to a partial government shutdown now in its 23rd day. More>>

Pompeo says US diplomats' morale 'good' despite shutdown

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says American diplomats are upbeat despite the government shutdown that has left many of them working without pay. More>>

Doctors fight to save Polish mayor stabbed in heart on stage

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A Polish private television broadcaster is reporting that a man has stabbed the mayor of the city of Gdansk. More>>

House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks

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The top House Republican says he and Rep. Steve King will discuss King's future in the party following the Iowa congressman's remarks in defense of white supremacy. More>>

The Latest: Officials wish Trump denial was more forceful

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The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has disputed President Donald Trump's claim that he's been tougher on Russia than any recent president. More>>

Pence tested in role of messenger for Trump policies

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Pence in difficult position of representing a president who speaks for himself. More>>

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

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Shutdown in its fourth week, Trump says he has 'no idea' if deal can be struck with Pelosi to reopen all government agencies. More>>

Trump tweets into the void as shutdown sets record

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Government shutdown enters 22nd day, becoming the longest federal closure in US history. More>>

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign

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Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro is now in the 2020 Democratic race for president, and he could end up being the only Latino in what's expected to be a crowded field of contenders. More>>

Pence's pickle: How to bargain when no one speaks for Trump

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Pence's pickle: How to negotiate for Trump when no one speaks for Trump but Trump. More>>

Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

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The federal government shutdown has put a strain on hundreds of Native American tribes across the country that rely on federal funding guaranteed by treaties, acts of Congress and other agreements. More>>

Trump calls report on FBI probe of him 'most insulting'

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New York Times reports that law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests. More>>

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As attorney general a quarter century ago, William Barr promoted more police and prisons to address violence ravaging American cities. More>>

Warren makes first campaign trip to New Hampshire neighbors

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is bringing her populist platform and likely presidential campaign to her neighbors in New Hampshire, who will hold the first primary of the 2020 cycle. More>>

Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat

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Selective reopening of government offices to ease the pain for some citizens shows willingness to cut corners and wade into dubious territory, experts say. More>>

Inslee pitches to Nevada outside 2020 spotlight on DC

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and several nationally known senators are commanding most of the attention in Democrats' early presidential angling, but there are several governors and mayors eyeing 2020 campaigns, as well. More>>

US says time for new government in Venezuela

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The Trump administration is ramping up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and explicitly calling for the formation of a new government in the country. More>>

Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's confident the U.S. and Turkey can agree on a way to protect Kurdish rebels in Syria after the U.S. troop withdrawal. More>>

GOP rejected Obama's executive reach, but accepts Trump's

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President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and -- relying on what he called his pen and his phone -- used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation. More>>

The Latest: No movement in settling record-long shutdown

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Democrats are using their weekly radio address to challenge President Donald Trump and Senate Republican leaders to reopen the government and sit down to discuss border security measures that "we can all get behind.''. More>>

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