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Iowa’s Steve King off House committees after race remarks

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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. Read More

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

In a 277-page decision that won’t be the final word on the issue, Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had added it arbitrarily and not followed proper administrative procedures. Read More
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Democrats rebuff Trump invitation, thwarting effort to bypass Nancy Pelosi

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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. Read More

Senate GOP leader rips Rep. Steve King over white supremacy remark

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today denounced Rep. Steve King over his latest remarks on white supremacy, saying, “There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind.” Read More

Trump points to farmers as benefiting from wetlands regulation rollback

Real estate developers and those in other business sectors take out substantially more permits than farmers for projects impinging on wetlands, creeks, and streams, and who stand to reap the biggest regulatory and financial relief from the Trump administration’s rollback of wetlands protections. Read More

Senator/adviser urges Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

A Republican lawmaker advising President Donald Trump said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before the president takes the more drastic step of declaring a national emergency. Read More
 

Trump tweets into the void as shutdown sets record

As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books Saturday, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. Read More
 
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Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race

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He announced his official entry in the race during an event in a Spanish-style plaza less than 200 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Read More

Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr is poised to reclaim his old job

Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after Barr is confirmed. Read More

GOP rejected Obama’s executive reach, but accepts Trump’s

President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and — relying on what he called his pen and his phone — used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation. Read More

Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in U.S. history

The federal government has entered Day 22 of a partial government shutdown, becoming the longest closure in U.S. history. Read More

U.S. aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. Read More

Bernie Sanders faces questions about political future

Allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying behind the embattled presidential prospect even as they reluctantly begin to ponder the painful possibility of a 2020 campaign without him. Read More
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Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president

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The Hawaii Democrat disclosed her plans on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show,” which will air at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hawaii, the network said. Read More
 
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Trump says he won’t declare emergency ‘so fast’

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Lawmakers tried to reassure federal employees that Congress was aware of the financial hardship they are enduring. Read More

Senate shutdown bill to provide full back pay

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday assuring that federal employees required to work during the government shutdown will be provided full back pay once the shutdown ends. Read More

Fake nude photo is latest smear against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A photo that was apparently taken by a woman in a bathtub, showing her from the shins down, had been making the rounds on social media. Read More

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