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Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a

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As parties battle over shutdown, Trump collects blame on Twitter

By Maria Caspani (Reuters) - As midnight neared on Friday and the U.S. government barreled toward a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats sought to apportion blame for the deadlock with a battle of

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Trump's dealmaker image tarnished by U.S. government shutdown

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For President Donald Trump, this weekend was supposed to be a celebration. On the first anniversary of his presidency on Saturday, with the stock market

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Supreme Court to decide legality of Trump travel ban

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set up a major showdown over presidential powers, agreeing to decide the legality of President Donald Trump's latest travel

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In fight over Russia memo, Republicans have unusual ally

By Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into U.S.

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U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Friday they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama administration that had sought to

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What happens during a government shutdown? 7 things you should know

It may be a new year, but Congress is returning to the same old challenge they left behind in 2017 – agreeing on a budget.

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McConnell promises vote on ending shutdown by 1 a.m. Monday

Day One of a government shutdown, filled with increasingly angry finger pointing from both Democrats and Republicans, on Saturday appeared to produce little in terms of a potential solution for the impasse on how to fund the government.

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Pence makes diplomatic trip to Middle East, meets with Egypt's el-Sissi first

Vice President Mike Pence met with Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo on Saturday on the first leg of a trip to the volatile region.

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Ryan orders ethics inquiry into Pa. lawmaker's reported use of taxpayer cash to settle misconduct case

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan has denied any harassment of an ex-aide. He will lose his seat on the ethics panel

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Alabama Dem Doug Jones votes with GOP on spending bill to avoid shutdown

Newly elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, in his most high-profile vote since taking office, was one five Democratic senators to vote overnight with Republicans on a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.

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Maine town manager under fire for promoting white separatism, criticizing Islam

The town manager of a small community in northern Maine has come under fire for promoting white separatist views and making comments critical of Islam, it was reported Saturday.

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Transcript: Trump dossier focused on \"opaque\" business deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's "opaque" business deals in the former Soviet Union, history of tax disputes and real estate projects abroad were critical areas of research that led to the dossier alleging a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin, according to the transcript of a congressional interview released Thursday.

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Supreme Court delays order for North Carolina to redraw maps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

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The work that won't get done during a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of intelligence agency employees would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea's nuclear program remains high.

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Trump wades into PA race seen as test of GOP strength

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump waded into a potentially risky race on Thursday, throwing his support behind a Pennsylvania Republican in a contest widely viewed as a test of whether his party can stave off Democratic 2018 gains.

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Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and lawmakers haggled Thursday over what former chief strategist Steve Bannon and other top aides to President Donald Trump can tell Congress as it investigates possible connections with Russia.

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Clash with Trump casts spotlight on Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's very public pushback against his chief of staff's statement that the president's views on a border wall have "evolved" is casting a fresh spotlight on the limits of John Kelly's ability to manage White House tumult, navigate Capitol Hill and keep a demanding, scattershot president on track.

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Rep Booted From House Ethics Panel, Will Face Ethics Inquiry

House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday after the New York Times reported that US Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures. The story cited unnamed people who said...

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Government Shutdown Could Be Here a While

The government shutdown, which started Saturday, could be here for a while, HuffPost warns. Negotiations between Democrats, Republicans, and the White House seem far off, with Republicans saying Democrats must vote to fund the government before they'll negotiate on immigration and Democrats saying they won't vote to fund the government...

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Trump Threatened to Sue Over Porn Star's Interview

In Touch held back from publishing Stormy Daniels' 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid's publisher told the AP . In Touch magazine published its interview with the adult film star on Friday—more...

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Trump Tweets Dems 'Wanted to Give Me Nice Present'

The Hill reports that on Friday night, #TrumpShutdown was the hashtag sitting at the top of Twitter's list of "Worldwide" trending topics. On Saturday morning, President Trump pushed back with a hashtag of his own. "This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give...

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Prosecutors Offer Motive in Rand Paul Attack

It was one of the more infamous (and weird ) neighborhood scraps, and now there's a federal felony charge attached. The Courier Journal reports Rand Paul's neighbor was on Friday charged in connection with the Nov. 3 attack on the senator that occurred as Paul was mowing his Bowling Green,...

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Shutdown

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday. That has halted all but the most essential operations and marred the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night...

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