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Gay Indiana mayor joins field of Democratic presidential hopefuls

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launched an underdog 2020 bid for the White House on Wednesday, aiming to stand out as a

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Senate Democrats question offshore drilling work amid shutdown

(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats are questioning the legal basis of the Trump administration's move to continue work on its five-year offshore drilling plan during the partial federal government

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U.S. agency to extend some benefits to unpaid airport screeners

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday it will extend some benefits to 51,000 airport security screeners who are not being paid

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House Democrats to investigate White House security clearances

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A House of Representatives oversight panel said on Wednesday it would investigate the White House security clearance process, including questions about

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House Democrats to discuss additional border security funds: Hoyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Wednesday that House Democrats would be discussing "substantial sums of additional

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White House adviser Hassett confident U.S., China can reach trade deal by March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said on Wednesday he believed the United States and China could reach a trade deal by a March 1 deadline.

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Laura Ingraham rips Trump’s decision to postpone State of the Union

Laura Ingraham, the host of Fox News’ "The Ingraham Angle," called out President Trump for delaying his State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown is over.

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Kamala Harris says president should ‘open up’ Trump Tower to federal workers furloughed by shutdown

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who has declared her 2020 presidential candidacy, has challenged President Trump to use his tower in New York City as shelter for furloughed federal workers during the partial government shutdown.

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Trump says he will give State of the Union after shutdown is over

President Trump announced on Twitter late Wednesday that he will deliver a "great" State of the Union address after the partial government shutdown is over, ending a tense day in Washington where Republicans criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for blocking the president from giving the speech.

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Staffer who allegedly raped co-worker on Dem Gov. Phil Murphy's campaign won't face charges, prosecutors say

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that no charges will be filed in the case of a New Jersey state official who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by another staffer working to elect Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in 2017 -- and then claimed that Murphy left her in the lurch when she tried to bring the matter to his attention.

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Sen. Joni Ernst says she's a survivor of rape, abuse

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has come forward with her story of being raped by a college boyfriend, saying she decided to do so after details of her divorce were made public earlier this week.

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RNC poised to pass resolution affirming Trump support

In a move that some observers have likened to proclaiming the sky is blue, Republican National Committee members are poised to pass a resolution affirming their support of President Donald Trump.

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Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas.

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Trump's shutdown gift to Pelosi: a unified Democratic caucus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He's unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Trump, GOP embrace amid political fallout from shutdown

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — As President Donald Trump's approval rating falls, the Republican Party is grasping him ever tighter.

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Diversity highlights emerging field of Democratic candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party's diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump.

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Dems prepare own border security package shunning Trump wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats, feeling pressure to display their vision for border security, are preparing a package that would ignore President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for a wall with Mexico and would instead pay for other ideas aimed at protecting the border.

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Trump says he'll give State of Union after shutdown ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday night he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Trump Doesn't Back Down, Sends Pelosi a Letter

One week ago Nancy Pelosi sent President Trump a letter . On Wednesday, he responded in kind. In a letter sent to the House speaker, the president said he intends to give his State of the Union address next Tuesday in the House chamber as per her original invitation, which he...

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2 Shutdown Votes Scheduled. Don't Get Your Hopes Up

On Friday, some 800,000 federal workers will go without a paycheck for a second time. On Thursday, the Senate will consider two bills that would put a stop—one permanent, one temporary—to the shutdown. Senators will be presented with dueling options, one supported by Republicans, the other by...

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Sources: Trump Miffed by Giuliani Missteps

Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, has agitated President Trump and some of his allies, who've raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from TV interviews. Trump has become frustrated with Giuliani, per three White...

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Ocasio-Cortez Tasked With Investigating Trump

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined her second House committee—and it's the primary investigative body that will soon hear testimony from President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday announced the 29-year-old congresswoman from New York as one of four new Democratic members, but she's not the...

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New POTUS Contender: This Is 'a Season for Boldness'

A new presidential exploratory committee has been formed, with the candidate telling supporters it's a "season of boldness." That's per an email sent by Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend., Ind., who, although a long shot for the Oval Office, would be the first openly gay US president...

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FBI Agents Say Shutdown Is Doing Serious Damage

The ongoing government shutdown is damaging national security and "our enemies know they can run freely," FBI agents say in a report from a group that represents more than 14,000 current and former agents. In the FBI Agents Association report, the agents, speaking anonymously, describe how the lack of...

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