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Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

Michael Cohen sues the Trump Organization, says he is owed $1.9M

Michael Cohen testifies before House Intelligence again Wednesday

Trump books Lincoln Memorial for July 4th gala he’ll host

Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench in public session

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New attorney general’s son-in-law gets White House gig, reports say

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

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

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

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

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

  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.

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

Man at Trump rally attacks BBC cameraman

  In Texas, Trump backs wall while O’Rourke rallies opponents

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

2 singers bring pro-Trump fashions, border wall to Grammy carpet

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

  Ivanka Trump: White House says women are key to global stability

The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative aims to advance workforce development, promote women’s entrepreneurship, and remove the legal and cultural barriers that constrain women from participating fully in the global economy.

Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkup

President Trump traveled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington on Friday for a follow-up to his first annual medical checkup as president.

  Kellyanne Conway claims woman assaulted her while at restaurant with daughter

She was standing next to her daughter and her daughter's friends when someone grabbed her and shook her, she claimed.

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.

  Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

Democrats launched a sweeping plan Thursday to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

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.

  Polls: Most State of the Union viewers gave it positive reviews

Of the viewers interviewed by CNN, 76 percent reacted very positively or somewhat positively.

Bigotry in medicine: Blackface photo reopens discussion on long history in US

The 1984 photo has stirred a national political furor and reopened the long history of bigotry in American medicine. The revelations about Northam gave many African-Americans a new reason to be distrustful of doctors.

  Game of Thrones script? Jodi Picoult novel? Twitter users guess what Nancy Pelosi read during SOTU

People on Twitter speculated on the mystery throughout the address.

  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.

  Blackface scandal spotlights deeply embedded racism in US

The 35-year-old photo on his yearbook page of a person in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan robe has brought about a stunning reversal of fortune in Northam's political career and laid bare for the nation just how deeply racist behavior remains interwoven in American culture.

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.

Bakery owner says support for ‘Build the Wall’ cookies means his WA store has never been busier

What started as a simple treat for his daughter-in-law has turned into thousands of orders across the country for the heart-shaped "Build the Wall" cookies, according to the bakery owner.

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.

Foxconn again shifts Wisconsin plans after Trump intervenes

After a personal conversation between Trump and the Foxconn chairman, the company plans to proceed with the smaller manufacturing facility.

  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.

  Who is running for president in 2020 so far?

More than 20 Democrats may take a shot at defeating President Donald Trump in 2020 and a couple Republicans may try it, too.

  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.

  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.

Sarah Sanders: God wanted Trump to be president

Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested a possible factor in Trump's win: divine will.

  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.

NOAA denies climate change tweet was directed at Trump

It included a link to a 2015 NOAA article explaining winter can still be unusually cold and snowy despite climate change.

  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.

Mueller’s probe is ’close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Trump approves sanctions on Venezuelan oil company

National Security Adviser John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the news at Monday's White House press briefing.

Proposed law would make animal cruelty a federal felony

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act broadens the scope of what’s considered a crime under federal law.

  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.

  Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomats

The Venezuelan president broke relations with the United States on Wednesday after the Trump administration and many other nations in the region recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Hillary Clinton not ruling out 2020 run

Three sources close to Clinton said she talked with them, as recently as last week, about the idea of running for president in 2020.

Conservatives say Trump caved but confident he’ll get wall

Trump said if he didn’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government would shut down again on Feb. 15 or he would use his executive authority to address what he has termed “the humanitarian and security crisis” on the southern U.S. border.

Steve Martin parodies Roger Stone in return to ‘Saturday Night Live’

"Saturday Night Live" opened with a play on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," which covered political news like Roger Stone's indictment and Wilbur Ross' statements about federal workers.

Transgender military personnel in limbo over Trump plan

According to a report issued by the Pentagon last year, there were 8,980 service members who identify as transgender.

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.

  Roger Stone charged in Russia probe, vows to fight prosecution

The long-time Trump ally has been under scrutiny for months in relation to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but he has maintained his innocence.

  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.

Furloughed government workers get help to feed their pets during shutdown

Safeway donates $10,000 worth of pet food to help furloughed government workers feed their dogs and cats.

Warren proposes ‘ultra-millionaire tax’ as part of 2020 bid

The new tax plan released by the Massachusetts Democrat would impose a new 2 percent fee annually on American households' net worth greater than $50 million.

Senate committee subpoenas Michael Cohen, but unclear if he will comply

The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Trump's former personal lawyer a day after Cohen postponed his public testimony to a House committee.

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.

  Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen delaying testimony to Congress

Cohen's adviser Lanny Davis says the delay is on the advice of Cohen's lawyers because Cohen's still cooperating in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Davis also says Cohen has received threats.

  After standoff with Pelosi, Trump says he will give State of the Union ‘when the Shutdown is over’

After his standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump says he will give the State of the Union address “when the Shutdown is over.”