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Trading Blame for the Shutdown, Lawmakers Search for a Deal to End It23m Trading Blame for the Shutdown, Lawmakers Search for a Deal to End It
With the government shut down and the two parties faulting each other, senators from both parties were looking for an agreement to end the crisis.
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1h 37m Updated Blame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdown
First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing. Minutes after a Senate bill collapsed Friday night, the blame games for the federal government shutdown began.
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James Brokenshire undergoes lung surgery1h 57m James Brokenshire undergoes lung surgery
The former Northern Ireland secretary stood down in January because of his health.
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2h Updated What Trump was saying during the last government shutdown
Seven months after former President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term, House Republicans, with a shove from Sen. Ted Cruz, faced down the White House with an ultimatum: Sign off on legislation that delays or defunds the Affordable Care Act or risk a government shutdown.
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3h Updated Trump and Schumer came close to a deal. Then it fell apart
After his morning television shows had ended and as the deadline to fund the government loomed, President Donald Trump placed a call to the man in Washington he believed held all the cards: Sen. Chuck Schumer.
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3h Updated How senators voted
Legislation to prevent the government from shutting down failed Friday night in the Senate ahead of the midnight deadline. The total was 50-49, but 60 votes were needed for passage.
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Trump Accuses Democrats of Playing ‘Shutdown Politics’ on Anniversary3h Trump Accuses Democrats of Playing ‘Shutdown Politics’ on Anniversary
President Trump charged that the party had orchestrated the crisis to detract from the anniversary of his inauguration.
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The National Rifle Association’s Telegenic Warrior5h The National Rifle Association’s Telegenic Warrior
How Dana Loesch, a onetime Democrat, became a Second Amendment spokeswoman too incendiary for some right-wingers to handle.
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Sky sources: Mary Lou McDonald to lead Sinn Fein6h Sky sources: Mary Lou McDonald to lead Sinn Fein
Mary Lou McDonald will be the new leader of Sinn Fein, according to Sky sources.
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7h Updated Government Shutdown Begins as Budget Talks Falter in Senate
Senators from both parties were scrambling for a new deal to reopen the government quickly, possibly just hours after the midnight deadline passed.
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News Analysis: Shutdown? It Could Be Forgotten in a Trumpian Flash8h Updated News Analysis: Shutdown? It Could Be Forgotten in a Trumpian Flash
As Democrats pushed the government toward a shutdown, they could take solace in the rapid-fire news cycles of the Trump era. A crisis now may be long forgotten by November.
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8h Updated Government shuts down
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.
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We’ve Heard It All Before. Shutdown Talk in 2013 Compared to Today.9h Updated We’ve Heard It All Before. Shutdown Talk in 2013 Compared to Today.
It’s déjà vu. The sentiments lawmakers make about a government shutdown are the same, but the party that is saying them has changed.
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Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senate Adjourns for the Night9h Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senate Adjourns for the Night
The government shut down at midnight after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a spending bill in time.
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9h Senate Leaders Speak After Government Shuts Down
Shortly after midnight, Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer made statements blaming the opposing party for failing to reach an agreement to fund the government.
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Live Briefing: Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senate Adjourns for the Night9h Live Briefing: Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senate Adjourns for the Night
The government shut down at midnight after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a spending bill in time.
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9h Updated What happens next?
In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.
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How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers10h Updated How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers
The deal fell apart later in the day when the president and his chief of staff wanted more concessions on immigration.
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Live Briefing: Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senators Continue to Seek Deal10h Updated Live Briefing: Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senators Continue to Seek Deal
The government shut down at midnight after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a spending bill in time.
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11h Updated FBI opened inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens
The FBI recently opened an inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, two US officials told CNN, as he fights an allegation of blackmail and faces calls to resign just a year into his job. 
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11h Updated Senate vote on track to fail: Government set to shut down at midnight
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.
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Senate Democrats Kill Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight11h Updated Senate Democrats Kill Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight
Senate Republican leaders fell well short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed on the spending bill, which had passed the House on Thursday.
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Live Briefing: Senate Democrats Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight; Shutdown Looms12h Updated Live Briefing: Senate Democrats Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight; Shutdown Looms
The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on a spending bill.
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13h Senate votes Friday night as midnight deadline looms
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.
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13h Updated Senate vote to avoid shutdown scheduled for Friday night
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.
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Live Briefing: Senate to Vote at 10 p.m. on Bill to Avert a Government Shutdown; Graham Proposes Three-Week Extension14h Live Briefing: Senate to Vote at 10 p.m. on Bill to Avert a Government Shutdown; Graham Proposes Three-Week Extension
The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on a spending bill.
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Republicans Claim Surveillance Power Abuses in Russia Inquiry14h Updated Republicans Claim Surveillance Power Abuses in Russia Inquiry
A report claims that a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide, was improperly obtained.
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Trump and Senators Scramble to Avoid Midnight Government Shutdown14h Updated Trump and Senators Scramble to Avoid Midnight Government Shutdown
Senate Democrats appear ready to block legislation to keep the government funded past midnight, gambling that President Trump will offer concessions in the face of a crisis.
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14h Updated 58-year old Kentucky man charged with assaulting Sen. Rand Paul
A 58-year old Kentucky man is being charged with assaulting a member of Congress connected with the November attack on GOP Sen. Rand Paul while he was mowing his yard wearing headphones.
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On New Indian Condos, the Name Is Trump, and the Lure Is Meeting One14h Updated On New Indian Condos, the Name Is Trump, and the Lure Is Meeting One
The developers of the new Trump Towers outside New Delhi promise the first group of buyers a meeting with Donald Trump Jr., according to Indian news reports.
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14h Pence leaves for Middle East as government shutdown looms
Vice President Mike Pence went ahead with his delayed trip to the Middle East on Friday, despite the looming government shutdown.
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Live Briefing: Senate Sets a Vote for 10 p.m.; Trump and Schumer End Private Talks With ‘Progress,’ but No Deal14h Updated Live Briefing: Senate Sets a Vote for 10 p.m.; Trump and Schumer End Private Talks With ‘Progress,’ but No Deal
The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on a spending bill.
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As the Shutdown Loomed, Trump Reached Out to Schumer15h As the Shutdown Loomed, Trump Reached Out to Schumer
But as happened in September — when a tentative deal fell apart after the president’s hard-line advisers and conservative supporters revolted — the meeting went nowhere.
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15h Trump Tells Anti-Abortion Marchers ‘We Are With You All the Way’ and Shows It
For someone who once described himself as “very pro-choice,” Mr. Trump’s transformation into a champion of the anti-abortion cause is a remarkable political evolution.
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How Washington Reached the Brink of a Shutdown15h Updated How Washington Reached the Brink of a Shutdown
Here’s a look back at the events that lead to the brink of a government shutdown over DACA.
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15h What Happens When the Government Shuts Down?
The clock is ticking. Without a funding deal, the federal government will shut down on Jan. 20 at 12:01 a.m. But what does that mean and how does it happen?
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17h Updated Trump backs GOP leader plan of keeping government open 4 weeks
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.
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Fact Check: Trump Overstates Government Shutdown’s Effect on the Military17h Fact Check: Trump Overstates Government Shutdown’s Effect on the Military
President Trump has repeatedly said that a government shutdown would devastate the military. But many parts of the military would continue to operate.
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17h 2 different White House approaches to Russia testimony leave lawmakers scratching their heads
The White House move this week to limit Steve Bannon's congressional testimony while permitting a current administration official to speak freely reveals how precisely it is controlling what is shared with lawmakers.
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Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?17h Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?
The exam, called the Moca, is widely used in doctor’s offices, but it is not sophisticated enough to diagnose mental decline, experts say.
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Live Briefing: Trump and Schumer End Private Talks With ‘Progress,’ but No Deal17h Live Briefing: Trump and Schumer End Private Talks With ‘Progress,’ but No Deal
The government will shut down at midnight Eastern time if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on a spending bill.
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18h Updated Trump, Schumer meet hours ahead of shutdown deadline
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.
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Drilling Off Florida Is Still On the Table, Interior Official Says18h Updated Drilling Off Florida Is Still On the Table, Interior Official Says
A surprise statement on Friday undercut last week’s announcement that Florida had been granted an exemption from President Trump’s offshore-drilling plan.
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Theresa May to meet Donald Trump in Davos18h Updated Theresa May to meet Donald Trump in Davos
The meeting comes after the US president cancelled plans for a trip to London in February.
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18h Despite Zinke pledge, Interior official says no decision yet on Florida offshore drilling
The federal official overseeing offshore drilling policy said there has been no "official decision" that Florida is off the table, contradicting a public announcement by his boss, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
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18h DOJ says it will re-try Menendez
The Justice Department filed a notice Friday to re-try Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery and corruption charges.
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18h Updated ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Why no one knows anything as the government nears a shutdown
The federal government will run out of money and shut down at midnight. And, right now, no one in Washington has the slightest clue how to stop that from happening.
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18h Updated US troops help Somali forces rescue 30 children from terror camp
US troops helped Somalia's security forces rescue approximately 30 child conscript soldiers Thursday during a raid on an al-Shabaab camp, a US military official tells CNN.
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Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake19h Updated Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake
Senate Democrats appear ready to block legislation to keep the government funded past midnight, gambling that President Trump will offer concessions in the face of a crisis.
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19h Updated CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Dems
With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
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Trump and May to hold talks in Davos19h Trump and May to hold talks in Davos
Theresa May and Donald Trump will meet for talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, Downing Street said.
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Military Shifts Focus to Threats by Russia and China, Not Terrorism19h Military Shifts Focus to Threats by Russia and China, Not Terrorism
The Pentagon says the military is too stretched to both fight insurgents and prepare for war with great world powers.
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Live Briefing: Trump and Schumer End Private Talks with ‘Progress’ but No Deal19h Updated Live Briefing: Trump and Schumer End Private Talks with ‘Progress’ but No Deal
The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to get an agreement on a spending bill.
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Travel Ban Caught Homeland Security by Surprise, Report Concludes20h Travel Ban Caught Homeland Security by Surprise, Report Concludes
Agents were given little notice and conflicting guidance on how to enforce President Trump’s first travel ban last year, leading to chaos at airports.
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Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T20h Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T
The proposal would move alcohol and tobacco enforcement to Treasury. It would require a new name for an agency that no longer focuses on its historical target, bootleggers.
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Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits20h Updated Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits
Campaigners welcome government decision not to appeal High Court ruling on mental health eligibility.
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Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate20h Updated Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate
Distrust of the government's intentions toward noncitizens may be hard to overcome, research suggests, and political developments have increased levels of distrust.
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20h Updated Justice Dept. says it will re-try Sen. Bob Menendez
The Justice Department filed a notice Friday to re-try Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery and corruption charges.
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21h Supreme Court to hear travel ban 3.0 challenge in April
The Supreme Court said Friday that it would take up a challenge to the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban.
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21h Updated Trump, Schumer meeting hours ahead of shutdown deadline
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.
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21h Updated WSJ: Cohen paid porn star through private LLC created just weeks before election
Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump's lawyer formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
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Supreme Court to Consider Challenge to Trump’s Latest Travel Ban21h Supreme Court to Consider Challenge to Trump’s Latest Travel Ban
President Trump’s third attempt to impose restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim nations will face a test in the Supreme Court this spring.
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21h Updated Trump to tout year of anti-abortion policies in Rose Garden speech
President Donald Trump will tout his administration's anti-abortion record on Friday when he becomes the first sitting president to speak via video feed to the March for Life gathering in Washington.
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Live Briefing: Schumer Goes to the White House to Reopen Negotiations21h Updated Live Briefing: Schumer Goes to the White House to Reopen Negotiations
The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to get an agreement on a spending bill.
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21h Updated Pence takes head-down, sleeves rolled up approach to his first year
Mike Pence walked into the West Wing as vice president for the first time on the afternoon of January 20, 2017, with an eye on the history books, but ready for action. He took photographs with his family -- a tradition for the new administration -- then turned to aides and said, "Let's get to work."
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John Worboys release will not be challenged by government22h Updated John Worboys release will not be challenged by government
Victims will legally fight the decision to release rapist John Worboys but the government will not.
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22h Republican leaders pressure members against Durbin-Graham DACA bill
Republican Senate leadership is waging a quiet, behind-the-scenes pressure campaign to encourage GOP members to not sign onto a bipartisan immigration deal.
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22h Updated White House slams Democrats, preps for shutdown
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said the Office of Management and Budget is "preparing for what we're calling a Schumer shutdown," slamming Democrats for obstructing a path to averting the imminent government shutdown.
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23h Shutdown threat scuttling lawmaker travel plans as House members told to stay in DC
The House of Representatives wrapped its final votes Friday before a weeklong recess, just hours before the federal government is expected to shutdown, but it was unclear of lawmakers would leave Washington, DC, as previously scheduled.
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UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party23h Updated UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party
Jonathan Arnott says Henry Bolton is not right for the job but attacks those "jockeying" to replace him.
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23h IG: Homeland Security violated court orders during travel ban
The Department of Homeland Security was "caught by surprise" by President Donald Trump's first travel ban executive order, issued a week after he took office, and violated two court orders in preventing some travelers from boarding US-bound flights, the department's inspector general said in a report Friday.
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Live Briefing: Senate Democrats Appear Set to Block Bill to Avert Government Shutdown23h Updated Live Briefing: Senate Democrats Appear Set to Block Bill to Avert Government Shutdown
The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to get an agreement on a spending bill.
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24h Updated Trump slams Senate Dems as shutdown looms
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to express his displeasure with Senate Democrats with hours to go before the government potentially shuts down.
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24h Former Trump appointee apologizes for racist and other inflammatory comments that led to his resignation
Former Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie apologized Friday for the racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio.
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Trump’s Evolving Words on the Wall25h Updated Trump’s Evolving Words on the Wall
A review of President Trump's statements on Twitter, in campaign speeches and during interviews shows that the president’s views on the border wall have shifted repeatedly.
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Child refugees at Calais aiming to leave France for UK25h Child refugees at Calais aiming to leave France for UK
After President Macron's visit to the UK, the British government makes a renewed pledge to allow more child refugees to come to Britain.
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Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says25h Updated Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says
Jerry Lee, the former officer, had repeated contacts with Chinese intelligence both at the agency and afterward, the former colleague said.
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25h Updated Former FBI Director Comey to teach ethical leadership class
Former FBI Director James Comey will teach a course on ethical leadership at William and Mary beginning in the fall, according to an article on the Virginia college's website.
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Smiling Macron and May pose for selfie26h Smiling Macron and May pose for selfie
UK PM tweets a photo of her and the French President with guests at the V&A after an Anglo-French summit.
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27h Women who marched, one year later
One year ago, Allison Busch-Vogel of South Orange, New Jersey rented four buses even before she knew if she could fill them.
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27h Swing state voters say why they still like Trump
They may not always like his methods, but these voters in Ohio and Iowa are pleased with the results of President Trump's first year in office.
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27h Trump admin settles on facility for Jerusalem embassy, plans to move as early as next year
The Trump administration has settled on a location for the new US embassy in Jerusalem and plans to move into the facility by 2019, two senior administration officials tell CNN.
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27h The year in Melania
Melania Trump is perhaps a unique first lady in modern history, an immigrant, a fashion model, a third wife and, by her own account, a notoriously private woman.
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28h Updated Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote
The Senate is ripening for a potential shutdown.
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Mogg rule?28h Mogg rule?
Who is in the influential European Research Group, now chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg?
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28h Updated Supreme Court blocks court order to redraw North Carolina congressional districts
The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to freeze, for now, a lower court opinion that struck down North Carolina congressional districts holding that it amounted to an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. 
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29h Updated GOP leaders promise to whip hard-line immigration bill
Conservative House members say they got a promise from leadership to pursue a separate hard-line Republican-only immigration bill in exchange for their votes to pass government funding Thursday night -- a measure that several Republicans doubt could pass the House, let alone the Senate.
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Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb29h Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb
Short-term lets, like Airbnb, are big business in the UK - but neighbours are increasingly fed up.
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No judicial review into Worboys case29h No judicial review into Worboys case
Judicial review will not take place into case of rapist John Worboys, UK justice secretary announces
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Outsourcing29h Outsourcing
Billions are spent every year on private sector contracts, but how are the decisions made?
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On Washington: Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned30h On Washington: Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned
In an interview, Senator Richard J. Durbin says President Trump’s private immigration comments shed new light on his policy motivations.
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An Advocate for Israel Draws Fire as He Nears Confirmation to Civil Rights Post31h Updated An Advocate for Israel Draws Fire as He Nears Confirmation to Civil Rights Post
Kenneth Marcus’s potential return to the Education Department has drawn criticism from civil rights groups that see his narrow focus on Israel as blinding him to other matters of bias.
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U.S. Presses to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem by 201931h Updated U.S. Presses to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem by 2019
The plans suggest the administration no longer cares about cushioning the blow of its new policy, which has cast President Trump’s peacemaking ambitions into doubt.
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Small businesses fear they may have lost thousands with Carillion collapse31h Small businesses fear they may have lost thousands with Carillion collapse
Small businesses fear they may have lost thousands with Carillion collapse.
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32h Updated Why Republicans should start panicking, in 1 chart
Midterm elections are about one thing: Base enthusiasm.
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Right and Left React to the Prospect of a Government Shutdown34h Right and Left React to the Prospect of a Government Shutdown
Writers from across the political spectrum denounced the impasse on Capitol Hill and the possibility of a shutdown.
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