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  VCU to hold public discussion about blackface

  Hands-free driving bill fails in Virginia

  Democrat Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces her candidacy for president

A snow storm couldn't keep the Senator and her supporters home for her announcement.

  Protests continue to call for VA Gov. Northam's resignation

  Cory Booker announces presidential candidacy with video

He talks about his upbringing and the "common pain" that unites Americans in his campaign launch video.

  $3 billion hit from gov't shutdown, CBO chief says

Keith Hall, the Congressional Budget Office director, said the economy suffered a permanent loss from the government shutdown.

  Castro: Ex-Starbucks CEO's candidacy might help Trump get re-elected

"So his only hope ... is essentially to get somebody else, a third party, to siphon off those votes," said Julian Castro, who is running for president himself.

  McAuliffe mulls run for president

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  McCarthy: State of the Union should happen despite shutdown

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said State of the Unions happen no matter what. President Reagan delayed the 1986 address after the space shuttle disaster.

  Lawmaker: Trump's address before Congress 'highly unlikely'

Rep. Hakeen Jefferies, D-NY, said unless the shutdown ends, it's "highly unlikely" the president will be giving a State of the Union before Congress.

  Pelosi: Can't have State of the Union while security furloughed

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said those who handle the logistics and security for the State of the Union address are furloughed.

  Speier 'troubled' by Trump's behavior regarding Putin

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, said President Donald Trump has done everything "in President Putin's playbook."

  Trump said he's not looking to call national emergency over wall funding

The president rejected a call from Sen. Lindsey Grahama, R-SC, to end the shutdown by calling a national emergency.

  Trump: 'I never worked for Russia'

The president called the reporting a 'big, fat hoax' in remarks on Monday.

  TSA worker: 'It's bad'

A TSA worker, who declined to be identified, said he's making ends meet by dipping into his savings. But he has four children, and he can't do this forever.

  Shutdown becomes longest in history

As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books Saturday as the longest ever, members of Congress were out of town, no negotiations were schedu

  Virginia lawmakers weigh in on shutdown

  Proposal toughens Virginia's 'Move Over' law

  Sarah Sanders: Rosenstein only planned on staying two years

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders seems to confirm news about the DOJ's assistant AG's future departure.

  Pompeo visits Middle East amid shifting Syria policy

Some wonder if the secretary of state can reassure allies amid competing statements about Syria.

  Bolton adds caveats to Syria withdrawal

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said that the U.S. will withdraw from Syria in a way that makes sure ISIS is defeated.

  Flake agrees with Romney's assessment of Trump's character

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, said in part, "In terms of the character issues that Mitt Romney spoke of we really haven't seen much gain there."

  Trump to meet with lawmakers in shutdown deal effort

Amid a partial government shutdown, the president is set to meet with lawmakers to try to get money for his wall.

  Trump: No end to gov't shutdown without wall

Trump said of the government shutdown: " I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall."

  President Trump, first lady extend season's greetings

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump gives warm wishes to Americans in a video released on Twitter.

  Trump answer Christmas call from child, questions Santa belief

"Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at 7, it's marginal right?" President Donald Trump told a child on Christmas Eve.

  In Christmas message, Mattis thanks troops

Defense Secretary James Mattis salutes the troops in a Christmas video message. Mattis leaves office at the end of the year.

  Christmas 2018: Government shutdown continues, while Americans cope with regular life

In the U.S., some are hoping for Christmas miracles and a Happy New Year.

  Tariffs, Supreme Court fight, Russia probe among political highlights of 2018

It was a volatile year that saw some economic highs and political in-fighting lows around a Supreme Court nominee, all under the microscope of a special counsel

  Schumer: 'President Trump, you own the shutdown'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed out that President Donald Trump has previously took ownership of the looming government shutdown last week.

  McConnell introduces stopgap measure to fund gov't

A measure that the Senate will vote on Wednesday is designed to eliminate the government shutdown risk over the Christmas holidays.

  Government shutdown: possible path to a deal?

Border security is at the center of a fight to fund the government.