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Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

Lawyers for the family of a 7-year-old girl who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody say she did not suffer from a lack of food or water before being picked up by authorities

The Latest: Zinke blames 'vicious' attacks for departure

Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes

Interior secretary Zinke to leave administration by end of year, Trump says

Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

Cranky Congress still has work to do before wrapup

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Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

GOP candidate says he made decision to hire ballot operative

Shutdown looms as Trump weighs next move on border wall

Trump club is in tax break zone, but is unlikely to benefit

Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

Too old to run? Biden wrestles with age as he eyes 2020 run

Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether he's too old to seek the White House

Trump picks Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff

Mulvaney is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Utah senator says he regrets 'irresponsible' Trump remarks

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is backtracking after saying this week that he wasn't concerned that prosecutors have implicated President Donald Trump in a crime

Russia probe cost surpasses $25 million since May 2017

The Russia investigation has cost more than $25 million since the special counsel's appointment in May 2017

Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans

Mueller says FBI not to blame for Flynn's false statements

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

Trump asserts China's economy feeling his tariff pressure

Effort to put New Hampshire GOP behind Trump faces pushback

Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

The Latest: Pompeo condemns China's detention of 2 Canadians

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the detention of two Canadian citizens in China is unlawful and is calling for them to be released

The Latest: Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff

Chris Christie has pulled himself out of consideration to serve as President Donald Trump's next chief of staff

Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general

The Latest: Holder group promises lame-duck lawsuit

A group run by former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says it plans legal action to block a limitation on early voting in Wisconsin signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker

Trump lawyer seeks to send emoluments case to appeals court

A lawyer for President Donald Trump is challenging a Maryland federal judge's decision to allow a case accusing the president of profiting off his office to proceed in district court. The lawyer wants a federal appeals court to take up the case instead

Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows

When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get

Republican drops recount request in Maine congressional race

A Republican incumbent is dropping his request for a recount after losing the first congressional election in U.S. history held under a system by which voters rank candidates in order of preference

The Latest: White House dismisses Cohen accusations as lies

The White House is dismissing the accusations from President Donald Trump's former fixer that Trump directed hush money payments to two women during the presidential campaign to buy their silence about alleged affairs

US, Canada look to ease strains amid 3-way spat with China

The United States and Canada moved Friday to ease tensions over the case of Chinese executive whose arrest by Canadian authorities at U.S. request has thrust Ottawa into an uncomfortable three-way diplomatic row with Beijing and Washington

Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

Everyone in Congress wants to go home, yet both chambers are scheduled to be in session next week over hefty matters, including the budget and criminal sentencing reform

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

The U.S. Education Department says it will start forgiving federal loans for 15,000 former students whose colleges closed before they could graduate

McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl is resigning from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Michael Cohen — who for more than a decade was a key power player in the Trump Organization and a fixture in Trump's political life — said he "gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty." Cohen spoke in an interview with ABC that aired Friday on "Good Morning America."

7-year-old in good health, border agents said; then she died

7-year-old Guatemalan girl appeared healthy to Border Patrol agents; hours later she was dead.

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he bought the silence of two women because Trump was "very concerned" about how their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election."

Mueller rejects Flynn’s argument that FBI interview was deceptive

Mueller’s office submitted a response on Friday to Flynn’s sentencing memo, which itself was submitted earlier this week.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it's unclear if they will be considered by the House — passage Thursday showed senators seeking to assert oversight of Trump administration foreign policy and the relationship with Saudi Arabia.

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is days away from being sentenced on a felony charge that in different times might have brought an end to his career

Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump's next chief of staff

President Donald Trump on Friday picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of contention for the job.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

The Senate has delivered back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia in an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning

Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

Nancy Pelosi says Democrats running the House next year will make initial moves toward getting President Donald Trump's tax returns

Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's continuing a serious look at a third presidential run while acknowledging he probably couldn't win GOP primaries held today

Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has quickly unloaded Raytheon stock

Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at East Coast base

U.S. Marine Corps leaders say it will cost around $3.6 billion to repair the extensive damage to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence

The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince

The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

Science, ethics and politics spark clash at House hearing on using fetal tissue for critically important medical research

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga.

First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

Melania Trump spread her anti-bullying message on an annual Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital

No. 2 House Republican: Gov't shutdown would be 'stupid'

The No. 2 House Republican says a looming partial government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico

The Latest: Rebel Dem: Fight to block Pelosi was a challenge

A leader of dissident Democrats who struck a deal opening the door for Nancy Pelosi to become House speaker says his group had the votes to block her but faced factors that weakened them

The Latest: Russian lawmaker thinks Butina pressured on plea

A senior Russian lawmaker says he's convinced that the Russian woman who's pleaded guilty to being a secret agent in the United States has done so under pressure

Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Both the House and Senate have passed a bill to overhaul the process for handling harassment claims in Congress

Watchdog: No evidence FBI tried to destroy text messages

The Justice Department's watchdog found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed text messages of two former FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation

Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona cautions in his farewell address that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real."

Trump, new Mexican president discuss migration but not wall

Trump, new Mexican leader discuss migration but not border wall

Judge tosses lawsuit by GOP congressman who lost election

A federal judge is tossing a lawsuit by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system

Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

President Donald Trump is contending he "never directed" longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law, after Cohen was sentenced to prison time for crimes including arranging hush money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs

Trump’s 10 terrorists: The evolution of a statistic

These 10 do not exist, except as a federal statistic that Trump and his vice president put through a rhetorical grinder in service of describing emigrants from Mexico as a menace.

Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

Jose Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

Boy, 11, changes last name from ‘Trump’ due to bullying

While his parents work on getting his name legally changed, the boy will be going by his father’s last name at school.

Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Senators have voted to recommend that the U.S. end its assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and put the blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia; accusations of 'predatory' actions

Pelosi's triumph: A reminder why she's set to be speaker

After a dramatic week, Pelosi is set to reclaim the speaker's gavel and go toe-to-toe with President Donald Trump

As probe closes in, Trump distances himself from Cohen

Abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, President Donald Trump is insisting that he did not violate campaign finance laws and that liability for paying hush money to two women alleging affairs rests with his former fixer, Michael Cohen

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty says he spanked his 7-year-old daughter

The Latest: Pelosi all but assured of becoming House speaker

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has all but ensured that she'll be elected House speaker in January by agreeing to limit how long she'd serve in the post to no more than four additional years

Weather agency chief: I've never briefed Trump on warming

The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says he has never talked about the issue with President Donald Trump

Pelosi, foes clinch deal all but paving her way to speaker

Pelosi all but ensures she will become House speaker after agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years

House, Senate reach agreement on anti-sexual harassment bill

House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations on Capitol Hill

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid

The Latest: Senate debating measure to rebuke Saudi Arabia

The Senate has started debate on a resolution calling on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen

Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

A lame-duck bill advancing in Michigan's Republican-controlled Legislature would make it harder to organize ballot drives

The naughty list? Donald Trump Jr. calls his dad a regifter

President Donald Trump's eldest son says his father is a "regifter" who "may or may not" have once have given him the same gift he'd given his dad the year before

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations

Hatch laments loss of civility for US Senate in 'crisis'

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah bemoaned the disappearance of political civility, kinship and cross-party collaboration during a farewell speech Wednesday where he called the Senate a legislative body in "crisis."

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Cohen, 52, appeared at a courthouse in Manhattan for a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III and took on Trump’s characterization of him as “weak.”