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  Trump to meet with Democrats on border wall, shutdown

Trump is set to confer Tuesday at the White House with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline to shut down a range of government agencies.

Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall, shutdown

China, US discuss plans for trade talks

Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election

Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

No tea party here: House Democrats can't wait to govern

Dems: Pelosi foes seek term limits on leaders, panel chairs

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Customs officers searching more travelers' devices

Italy's Salvini on Bannon: stimulating, but not European

US sanctions 3 North Korean officials for human rights abuse

Paul to the people: Tell McConnell to allow sentencing vote

In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case 'resolved'

Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices

Trump blames lawyer Michael Cohen for hush money 'liability'

President Donald Trump is defending the hush money payments made by his ex-lawyer to two women during his 2016 campaign, calling them "a simple private transaction."

  Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

Hundreds of young demonstrators are planning to turn out Monday on Capitol Hill to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals — including a nationwide transition to 100 percent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years — that's collectively dubbed the Green New Deal

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign aimed at stoking Democratic support for an ambitious environmental plan known as the Green New Deal ahead of the 2020 presidential race

Trump scrambling to find new White House chief of staff

The Latest: More candidates emerge for Trump chief of staff

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

Top GOP senator needs to know more about Trump's UN pick

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

GM tax credit for electric cars a flashpoint after decision to close plants, lay off workers

Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

A House committee has released a transcript of its closed-door interview of former FBI director James Comey

Trump confirms John Kelly leaving White House at end of year

Pres. Donald Trump said Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out.

Trump is 10th sitting president to attend Army-Navy game

It's the first Army-Navy football game for Donald Trump as president, and he's officiated the coin toss in Philadelphia before the 119th meeting in the storied rivalry

Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role

Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser

President Donald Trump says he's tapping Gen. Mark Milley, a battle-hardened Army commander, as his next top military adviser

Sen. Cory Booker visits New Hampshire in preview for 2020

Sen. Cory Booker's back in New Hampshire this weekend, for a jam-packed two-day trip that could turn out to be a tuneup for the New Jersey Democrat's potential presidential campaign

Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen portrayed as greedy opportunist

Federal prosecutors are assailing Michael Cohen's attempt to portray himself as a man who found his ethical compass after years of shady business dealings and unquestioning loyalty to President Donald Trump

Landmark protections falling for air, land, and soon, water

The Trump administration is expected to announce a major rollback of federal protections for streams and wetlands as soon as next week

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

Effort to dilute power of next governors and attorneys general stirs separation-of-powers debate

US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

The U.S. is accusing forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack

Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: 'Go for it Mitch!'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's blockade of a popular criminal justice reform package has angered top senators

The Latest: Trump to name Milley new Joint Chiefs chairman

U.S. officials say President Donald Trump will nominate the Army chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, as his next top military adviser

The Latest: Trump outlines federal resources to fight crime

Trump outlines federal resources he's giving law enforcement to do their jobs

Dem leader: Infrastructure bills must tackle climate change

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says legislation boosting federal investment in roads, bridges and other infrastructure must include efforts to curb global warming

Trump demands border wall money; shutdown showdown nears

President Donald Trump says Congress should provide all the money he wants for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, and he calls illegal immigration a "threat to the well-being of every American community."

The Latest: Comey says lawmakers focused on Clinton emails

Former FBI Director James Comey says he testified again about Hillary Clinton's emails during a closed-door interview Friday with two House committees

Secret Service detail for Bush, code name 'Timberwolf,' ends

Secret Service ends detail for George H.W. Bush after nearly 40 years of protecting the former president, who was known by the code name "Timberwolf"

Former FBI Director James Comey refuses to answer Russia probe questions during closed-door interview on Capitol Hill

James Comey will be back in a couple of weeks to meet again with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top military adviser

U.S. officials say President Donald Trump will tap Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

Trump's pick to become the next attorney general will likely be questions about his comments on political donations made by prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller's team

The Latest: UN ambassador won't be part of Cabinet

White House official: U.S. diplomatic post at the United Nations to be downgraded to a non-Cabinet position

  LATEST: Trump to nominate William Barr for attorney general

President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr, the former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, for his next attorney general.

GOP House candidate would back new election if fraud shown

The Republican candidate in an unresolved North Carolina congressional race says he would back a new election if a probe proves that fraud swayed the race's outcome

In White House shake-up, Kelly's departure now seems certain

President Donald Trump appears to be moving closer to his long-teased White House staff shake-up as he prepares for his 2020 re-election bid and dealing with Democratic-run investigations once they take control of the House

White House chief of staff Kelly to resign soon, reports say

John Kelly took over as chief of staff on July 31, 2017, with a mandate to instill order and professionalism in a largely inexperienced White House staff beset by disorganization in the early days of the Trump presidency.

Feds recommend ‘substantial’ jail time for Michael Cohen; Mueller recommendation cites Russia investigation cooperation

Cohen and Manafort are among five former Trump associates whom prosecutors have accused of lying either to federal investigators or to Congress.

Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

Lean diplomatic resume for Trump's choice to be UN ambassador likely to be topic at Senate confirmation hearing

GOP support for Pelosi as speaker? Don't hold your breath

GOP support for Nancy Pelosi becoming House speaker? Don't hold your breath.

US loses to Russia in case of 2 arms trafficking suspects

US loses to Russia in case of 2 arms trafficking suspects

GOP tries to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general

Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan try to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general

Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Lawyer: Trump resort hired undocumented workers

Two women who cleaned rooms set aside for President Donald Trump at one of his golf resorts in New Jersey say they used false papers to get hired, their supervisors knew it and that many employees there also lack legal documents.

Pelosi recalls Arizona's former US Rep. Pastor at funeral

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi remembered former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor as 'wonderful,' a lawmaker whose humor united people from both sides of the political aisle

US: Trump lawyer met Russian offering 'political synergy'

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign, prosecutors say

Ex-EPA head reports single, $50,000 gift to defense fund

The Environmental Protection Agency says a Republican donor gave $50,000 for Scott Pruitt's defense fund before he left the agency

Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

A Lebanese businessman accused of providing millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions

Parkland shooting victim's dad joins Trump for Hanukkah

The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah

Report: US health spending hits $3.5T but growth slows

Government report: US health tab hits $3.5 trillion last year, or $10,739 per person, but growth slows

Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush's funeral train

Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he'll be buried on the grounds of his presidential library

Laborious recount starts in Maine's ranked-balloting race

A recount in a Maine congressional race that used a new voting system where voters rank candidates on the ballot has begun

Trump EPA acts to roll back control on climate-changing coal

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to roll back another coal regulation, this one for new coal plants

Former Attorney General William Barr may get old job again

William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a leading contender for that job in President Donald Trump's Cabinet

Appeals to Scott Walker: Don’t stain legacy, veto bills

Bipartisan group to Walker: Don't stain your legacy or behave like a sore loser.

Democratic 2020 campaign revving up quickly

Announcements loom as Democrats plot 2020 presidential bids

Republicans push through controversial Trump energy nominee

The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal energy board, despite a video that shows the nominee saying that renewable energy "screws up" the nation's electrical grid

George HW Bush laid to rest in Texas

Pres. George H.W. Bush arrived at the presidential library in College Station aboard the Bush 4141 train, and is being laid to rest.

Disputed House race puts spotlight on 'ballot harvesting'

A practice called 'ballot harvesting' has come to national attention because of a disputed outcome in a North Carolina congressional race

Pelosi takes hard line on paying for Trump's border wall

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is rejecting the idea of paying for President Donald Trump's border wall in exchange for a deal to help hundreds of thousands of young immigrants avoid deportation

Obama health law sign-ups lagging for 2019

Obama health law sign-ups lag for 2019; number of new customers down about 18 percent

Senators wrestle with rebuke of Saudis for Khashoggi killing

Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation in an effort to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Rare white baby reindeer appears just in time for Christmas

A genetic mutation removes the pigment from the fur of white reindeer, allowing them to blend in with their snowy surroundings.

Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

The Pentagon says a U.S. Air Force plane flew a special observation flight over Ukraine in a show of solidarity with Ukraine after its naval confrontation with Russia

Supreme Court hearing closely watched double jeopardy case with Russian probe implications

The high court is considering whether to overturn a court-created exception to the Constitution's double-jeopardy bar that allows state and federal prosecutions for the same crime.

Presidential funeral train will be first in nearly 50 years

George H.W. Bush's presidential funeral train will be first in nearly 50 years.

New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

Several key states have elected new Democrat governors who are more skeptical of charter schools than their election opponents and will replace leaders who openly supported the publicly funded, privately run schools

The Latest: Private, graveside service ends; Bush buried

Texas A&M says the private, graveside service for George H.W. Bush's family has ended and the former president has been buried

Family separations at border down, but dozens still affected

81 migrant children separated from families at the U.S.-Mexico border since Trump stopped large-scale separation policy in June