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Supreme Court allows Trump's partial military ban on transgender people in military to take effect
Supreme Court allows Trump's partial military ban on transgender people in military to take effect

The Supreme Court will allow Trump's partial ban on transgender people serving in the military to take effect while court challenges continue.

Giuliani backtracks on comments Trump sought Moscow deal throughout 2016
Giuliani backtracks on comments Trump sought Moscow deal throughout 2016

Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Trump may have continued to pursue the project and had discussions about it with his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, until as late as October or November 2016, when Trump was closing in on his election victory over Democrat Hillary

Pelosi Accuses Trump Administration of Leaking Her Travel Plans
Pelosi Accuses Trump Administration of Leaking Her Travel Plans

Pelosi said that after Trump on Thursday publicly revealed plans for the trip in a letter denying use of military aircraft for her congressional delegation to make the trip to visit troops in the war zone, they made alternative plans to use commercial service. "The fact that they would leak that we

Trump postpones Pelosi
Trump postpones Pelosi's trip 'due to shutdown' after she called for State of the Union delay

In the increasingly personal standoff between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the president on Thursday said he was postponing her use of a military plane for an official trip to Belgium, and Afghanistan in apparent retaliation for Pelosi asking Trump to delay his State of the

GOP dismisses suggestion that State of Union be postponed
GOP dismisses suggestion that State of Union be postponed

WASHINGTON (AP) - A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security

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President Donald Trump's inaugural fund spent lavishly at his DC hotel, new docs show

President Donald Trump's inaugural committee spent more than $1.5 million at the Trump International Hotel in Washington ahead of his 2017 swearing-in, according to internal documents reviewed by ABC News. It is part of an array of expenditures there and elsewhere that included more than $130,000 for

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Iowa's King off House committees after remarks about race

Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. King, in his ninth term representing Iowa, will not be given committee assignments in the Congress that began this

AP sources: Gillibrand moving toward 2020 bid in coming days
AP sources: Gillibrand moving toward 2020 bid in coming days

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to move toward launching a 2020 presidential campaign within days by forming an exploratory committee, according to several people familiar with her plans.

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Trump's AG pick to pledge protection for Mueller's Russia probe: testimony

"On my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work," Barr said in the prepared remarks ahead of two days of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee starting on Tuesday morning. Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, also will address his prior

U.S. judge partially blocks Trump administration birth control rules
U.S. judge partially blocks Trump administration birth control rules

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam in Oakland granted a request by 14 Democratic attorneys general for a preliminary injunction. The rules, which are set to go into effect Jan. 14, allow businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions to an Obamacare requirement for contraceptive coverage on moral or

Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds
Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds

President Donald Trump warned Turkey on Sunday of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to "provoke" Ankara. Trump took to Twitter to reveal some of his latest thoughts in the slow drip-drip of information

House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks
House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Republican leader said Sunday he will meet with Rep. Steve King this week to discuss King's future and role in the party and promised action following the Iowa congressman's recent comments in defense of white supremacy.

Schumer to force vote on U.S. decision to lift sanctions on Russia firms
Schumer to force vote on U.S. decision to lift sanctions on Russia firms

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Saturday he will force a vote soon on a resolution to disapprove the Trump administration's decision to relax sanctions on three Russian companies connected to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. "I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal

Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia
Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia

President Donald Trump blasted the FBI Saturday, insisting it acted "for no reason & with no proof" when it opened an investigation into whether he was acting on Russia's behalf after he fired the agency's director, James Comey, in May 2017. The New York Times reported that the FBI

Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history
Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess. A solution couldn't come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements

Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia
Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

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, The New York Times reported Friday. The report cites unnamed former

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020
Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has announced that she is running for president in 2020.

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Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before Congress in February

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, has accepted an invitation to testify in an open session before Congress next month. The hearing, set for Feb. 7 before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, was announced Thursday afternoon by Rep. Elijah Cummings, a

Iowa congressman asks how
Iowa congressman asks how 'white supremacist' became offensive in US

A Republican congressman from Iowa who has been accused in the past of racism asked in an interview published on Thursday how the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive to Americans. "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how

Billionaire environmentalist Steyer will not enter 2020 White House race
Billionaire environmentalist Steyer will not enter 2020 White House race

Steyer, 61, made his announcement in Iowa, the traditional starting point for the presidential nominating contests that will kick off early next year, after months of openly exploring his own presidential campaign, his staff confirmed. "The impeachment question has reached an inflection point,&

AP FACT CHECK: Do ex-presidents back Trump wall? They say no
AP FACT CHECK: Do ex-presidents back Trump wall? They say no

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's recent claim that his predecessors endorsed his idea of a wall at the Mexican border got no support from the ex-presidents' club.

AP Explains: Can Trump declare emergency to build his wall?
AP Explains: Can Trump declare emergency to build his wall?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is weighing using a national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress and the budget stalemate and force construction of the president's long-promised southern border wall.

All Major Networks To Air Trump
All Major Networks To Air Trump's Address On The Border Wall

Top Democrats demand equal airtime after ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and NBC all confirmed Monday they would carry the president's speech at 9 p.m. ET.

US ambassador signals further delay in Trump Mideast peace plan
US ambassador signals further delay in Trump Mideast peace plan

US President Donald Trump's long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace is expected "within the next several months," the US ambassador to Israel has said, signalling a further delay in its release. Trump said in September that the plan for what he has called the "ultimate deal" would be released within two to four months, while Israel's UN envoy said later it was expected in early 2019. Israel has since called elections for April 9 and such a plan is seen by many analysts as too controversial to present ahead of polls.

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Trump tweets 'not much headway' on shutdown as key services threatened

Saturday was day 15 of a partial government shutdown that Donald Trump said could go on for months or years, if he is not given funding for a wall on the Mexican border. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides dietary assistance to 38 million low-income Americans colloquially known

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Trump slams 'disgraceful' Democrat's profane impeachment vow

A Democratic congresswoman kicked off her term with an expletive-laced vow to impeach Donald Trump, testing her party's discipline and earning a chiding Friday from the president. As a clip of Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib's animated comments circulated widely on social media, Trump tartly

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California is elected speaker of the House
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California is elected speaker of the House

Nancy Pelosi, the only woman to have ever served as House speaker, was re-elected to the post on Thursday.

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It's official: divided government arrives on Capitol Hill

Washington's new era of divided government begins Thursday as Democrats seize control of the US House, aiming to serve as a check on Donald Trump's disruptive presidency at least until the 2020 election. Battle-tested Nancy Pelosi will in all likelihood win the gavel as speaker of the House

Bernie Sanders Says He Was Unaware Of Harassment Claims In 2016 Campaign
Bernie Sanders Says He Was Unaware Of Harassment Claims In 2016 Campaign

The comments by Sen. Bernie Sanders come on the heels of several reports from more than two dozen women working on the 2016 campaign.

Romney attacks Trump, saying he causes dismay around the world
Romney attacks Trump, saying he causes dismay around the world

In a Washington Post essay published on Tuesday evening, Romney criticized a number of Trump's actions in December. Romney suggested that "on balance, (Trump's) conduct over the past two years ... is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office." Romney is

Trump Calls Meeting With Lawmakers, Suggests He
Trump Calls Meeting With Lawmakers, Suggests He's Open to a Deal

It's the first sign of a possible opening for negotiations to break the stalemate that's had parts of the government shut for 11 days. Congressional aides said the offer was extended to the eight top leaders from both parties in the new House and Senate that convenes on Thursday and will include a briefing

Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities
Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities

At Granny Shaffer's restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. The reason: Missouri's minimum wage is rising. Wiggins said the price hikes are necessary to help offset an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 in additional

White House chief voices
White House chief voices 'nothing but compassion' for migrants

Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the US and undercut the idea of a border wall in an interview Sunday that jarred with President Donald Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration. A former Marine general who led

N. Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year
N. Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday calling for more peace talks between the leaders in the new year following their active engagement in 2018, South Korea's presidential office said. Moon's office said Kim also expressed regret that

Trump blames Democrats for migrant children
Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid govt budget impasse

US President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed opposition Democrats for the death of two immigrant children in US custody, comments set to heighten tensions as the second week of a government shutdown began over his demands for a border wall. "Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly

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Jeff Flake Won't Rule Out 2020 Run: 'Somebody Needs To' Challenge Trump

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is leaving Congress in the coming days, but he isn't yet crossing a presidential run off his list of possibilities.

Congress meets briefly, takes no steps to end shutdown
Congress meets briefly, takes no steps to end shutdown

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress convened for only a few minutes late on Thursday, but took no steps to end a partial federal government shutdown before adjourning until next week. Showing little sense of urgency over the shutdown, now in its sixth day, the Senate and the House of Representatives

White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown
White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

After a weekend and two holiday days for federal employees, Wednesday was the first regularly scheduled workday affected by the closure of a variety of federal services. Trump vowed to hold the line on his budget demand, telling reporters during his visit to Iraq on Wednesday that he'll do "

Shutdown Enters Sixth Day With No Signs of Progress on Horizon
Shutdown Enters Sixth Day With No Signs of Progress on Horizon

Latest DevelopmentsTrump said during the Iraq visit that the shutdown would last as long as it takes to get the funding he wants for the border wall and additional security.The president declined to say what level of funding he'd accept.Republicans said they were waiting for a counteroffer from Democrats

US conducts medical checks on children after 2 deaths
US conducts medical checks on children after 2 deaths

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. immigration authorities said Wednesday that they have done new medical checks on nearly every child in Border Patrol custody after the death of a second youngster in the agency's care in the span of less than three weeks.

USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: What do Democrats want in 2020? Someone new - and Biden. But definitely not Hillary
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: What do Democrats want in 2020? Someone new - and Biden. But definitely not Hillary

Democratic and independent voters are crystal clear about the candidate they'd be most excited to see in the presidential field, a new poll says.

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Fed chair's job is not in jeopardy, White House economic adviser says

The head of the U.S. Federal Reserve faces no risk of losing his job and President Donald Trump is happy with his Treasury secretary, a White House official said in an apparent attempt to calm Wall Street nerves frayed by Trump's criticism of the Fed. Asked on Wednesday if Fed Chairman Jerome Powell

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Trump: 'I do' have confidence Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he has confidence in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin), calling him a "very talented guy" and a "very smart person."

Trump says U.S. govt shutdown to last until agreement on border wall
Trump says U.S. govt shutdown to last until agreement on border wall

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the partial shutdown of the federal government was going to last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is met. The U.S. government partially shut down on Saturday, and there is not yet any sign of tangible efforts to reopen agencies

Christmas stalemate in Washington over border wall, shutdown
Christmas stalemate in Washington over border wall, shutdown

Both sides in the fight over President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico have given a little on the money. Christmas marked the fourth day of the partial U.S. government shutdown with no end in sight. Trump remained at the White House after scrapping plans to spend Christmas at his Florida

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