Government may have split up thousands more migrant families

"The total number and current status of all children separated from their parents or guardians ... is unknown," according to the report. It could be thousands more because family separations were taking place much earlier, during an influx that began in 2017, investigators found.

  Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

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

Giuliani: ‘I never said there was no collusion’ between Trump campaign, Russia

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

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

WTFB opens pantries to government workers impacted by shutdown

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Senators consider former lobbyist as EPA’s permanent chief

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

UK Parliament overwhelmingly rejects May’s Brexit deal

'I am going to run’: Kirsten Gillibrand latest Democrat in 2020 field

The IRS is recalling 46,000 workers to handle tax returns

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

Nominee William Barr is expected to be confirmed, unless there is a major surprise during the hearing. It would be his second stint as attorney general.

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

The administration is trying to peel off Democratic support for Trump's demand for border wall money and negotiate directly with centrist lawmakers and some newly elected freshmen, including those in districts where Trump is popular.

  Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

The official said Trump even confiscated his interpreter’s notes after talks with Putin in Germany in 2017 and reportedly told the interpreter to keep quiet about what was said in the room.

As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Hundreds of TSA employees at major airports nationwide have called out sick since this shutdown began.

  Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

Trump concealed details from meeting with Putin, report says

Florida governor suspends Sheriff Scott Israel over Parkland shooting failures

Jimmy Kimmel and others help federal workers during shutdown

  Federal workers seek loans, second jobs as shutdown lingers

They are scaling back spending, canceling trips, applying for unemployment benefits and taking out loans to stay afloat, with no end in sight for a partial shutdown that enters its 21st day Friday and will be the longest in history by this weekend.

Iconic Joshua trees cut down during government shutdown

People illegally driving into areas where vehicles are normally banned have damaged the fragile ecosystem and cut down the park’s iconic Joshua trees.

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’s former lawyer Cohen to publicly testify before Congress next month

Cohen has pleaded guilty in the Russia investigation to tax evasion and campaign finance violations, and implicated the president in those crimes.

Trump may declare national emergency at southern border. What does it mean?

The declaration of a national emergency gives the president special powers that he wouldn’t normally have.

Liberal lawmakers challenge Trump with drug cost legislation

The legislation has little chance of becoming law under a divided government, but it could put Republicans on the defensive by echoing themes and ideas that President Donald Trump has embraced at one time or another. The common denominator: Americans shouldn't have to pay more for critical medicatio

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

Rod Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department once a new Attorney General is sworn in, media reports say.

Paul Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian operative, court filing says

Prosecutors say Manafort lied to investigators about sharing the data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence.

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey.

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

Natalia Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that was described to Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.

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

Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence" to back that assertion up.

Gabby Giffords to introduce House gun background check bill

The bills' introduction falls on the eighth anniversary of the shooting that nearly killed Giffords and left six others dead.

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.

Banks and credit unions offer cheap loans to federal workers during government shutdown

Several financial institutions are making special accommodations for the roughly 800,000 federal employees who have been furloughed or working without pay since December 21.

Ginsburg will miss Supreme Court arguments for the 1st time

The 85-year-old Ginsburg is recuperating and will work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

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.

DC tourists frustrated by closed museums and monuments

Negotiations between the nations lawmakers and Commander in Chief remain in a deadlock.

Michigan congresswoman won’t apologize for colorful call to impeach Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she "wouldn't use" the salty comments about the president but said it was "nothing worse than the President has said."

  Federal workers pay the price for politicians’ government shutdown

As the shutdown goes into its second week, it’s having real consequences for 800,000 federal workers. Ryan Baugh and his furloughed friend spend their unplanned time away from work volunteering.

Trump threatens to extend shutdown by ‘months or even years'

Trump attempted to steal the show from Democrats on the day they officially regained the majority in the House. He held an impromptu White House briefing Thursday, taking the podium himself for the first time.

Employment report: 312K US jobs added in December

Despite the addition of new jobs, the national unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent.

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.

House passes bills to reopen government without wall money

The measures will be sent to the Senate. President Trump has promised to veto any bill that reaches his desk without funds for a border wall.

Pelosi voted House Speaker as new Congress gavels in

The 116th Congress has convened, with new lawmakers being sworn in Thursday, establishing a new balance of power in Washington and giving 2020 presidential hopefuls a chance to prove their bona fides.

‘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.

Dana White out as Pentagon spokeswoman

White was being investigated for misconduct and abuse of power before her abrupt departure.

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.

National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown

Some of the West's iconic national parks are beginning to partially close as they deal with overflowing restrooms and vandals on the 10th day of a federal government shutdown

Trump's pick for AG once questioned value of border wall

President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the effectiveness of a border wall similar to the one the president now wants to construct, describing as "overkill" a side-to-side barrier

GRAPHIC: Migrant kids pushed, dragged by staff at shelter

It shows incidents that happened to at least three migrant children where staffers are seen dragging and pushing them.

The Latest: House Democrats unveil plan to open government

House Democrats are unveiling legislation to re-open the government without money for President Donald Trump's border wall

The Latest: Trump laments 'bad press' for exiting Syria

President Donald Trump is complaining that he's getting "bad press" for his decision to pull American troops out of Syria

Mattis' final words from Pentagon: 'Hold fast' with allies

Jim Mattis ended one of history's more turbulent tenures as defense secretary by re-emphasizing a key difference with President Donald Trump and encouraging Pentagon employees, civilian and military, to "hold fast" in defense of the nation

Paying for Medicaid, schools will be priority for lawmakers

Many state legislatures will wrestle with rising costs for Medicaid, education and public pensions when they get back to work in the new year

Elizabeth Warren takes big move toward 2020 presidential run

Warren burst onto the national scene a decade ago during the financial crisis with calls for greater consumer protections. She quickly became one of the party's more prominent liberals even as she sometimes fought with Obama administration officials over their response to the market turmoil.

Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward 2020 presidential run

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is taking the first major step toward running for president

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.

House Democrats have a plan to re-open government

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

For Trump, Pelosi shutdown showdown first battle of new era

Showdown between Trump and Pelosi could set the tone for divided government in the coming months

Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon

Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending as high-profile appeals will test that calm

Guatemala village mourns 2nd child to die in US custody

Flickering candles and white flowers adorn a makeshift altar in a simple wooden home in Guatemala, remembering 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, who on Christmas Eve became the second Guatemalan child to die while in U.S. border custody

Timetable of Trump's pullout from Syria being questioned

President Donald Trump complains by tweet that he's getting "bad press" for his decision to pull American troops out of Syria

Gridlock, infighting likely on tap for Wisconsin Legislature

Wisconsin's new legislative session will begin with anger still fresh among Democrats over the Republican lame-duck session that weakened the powers of incoming Gov. Tony Evers

Scrutiny, criticism of ICE come with immigration enforcement

ICE draws intense scrutiny, criticism as its officers step up enforcement of immigration laws

Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops

The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there reduces the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate

Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities

Millions of minimum wage workers will be getting a pay raise with the new year

Gains, growing pains mark California's 1st year of legal pot

California's legal marijuana market remains a work in progress as it enters its second year

The Latest: Trump's wall may be different than advertised

Trump confidants indicate his promise to build a wall along the border won't be fulfilled as advertised

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.