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Democratic Senator Gillibrand to launch 2020 White House bid

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she would file paperwork on Tuesday night to explore a run for the Democrati...

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Part of new U.S.-bound migrant caravan crosses into Guatemala

Several hundred Honduran migrants in a new U.S.-bound caravan crossed into Guatemala on Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump seized on news of the advancing group to try to...

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Shutdown bites economy, U.S. Coast Guard, as talks to end impasse stall

The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go...

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Democratic U.S. Senator Gillibrand to launch 2020 White House bid

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she would file paperwork on Tuesday night to explore a run for the Democrati...

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Manafort claimed to be placing people in Trump administration: filing

Paul Manafort, the convicted former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, told a business associate in January 2017 he was using middlemen to get people appoi...

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U.S. Sen. Gillibrand announces White House bid: 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she would file paperwork on Tuesday night to explore a run for the Democrati...

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Factbox: Impact on U.S. government widens on 25th day of shutdown

The longest U.S. government shutdown in history reached its 25th day on Tuesday, with most of the 800,000 employees who have been furloughed or are working without pay having...

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Half of Americans fault Trump for shutdown, despite his blaming Democrats: poll

More than half of Americans blame U.S. President Donald Trump for the partial federal government shutdown, despite his repeatedly faulting Democratic lawmakers, according to a...

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U.S. attorney general nominee open to reconsidering healthcare position

President Donald Trump's pick to be the next U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, told a Senate panel on Tuesday he is willing to reconsider the Justice Department's...

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U.S. tax agency to bring 46,000 furloughed workers back

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday it intends to bring back more than 46,000 workers furloughed by the partial shutdown of the federal government to process ann...

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Defying Trump, U.S. Senate advances measure critical of easing Russia sanctions

The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to move ahead with a resolution disapproving of a Trump administration plan to ease sanctions on Russian companies tied to Russian oligarch Ol...

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Asylum seekers should wait outside U.S., AG nominee tells Senate panel

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr signaled Tuesday he is likely to align with the administration's push to make it harder for people to...

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U.S. acting attorney general to testify before House panel on February 8

U.S. acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, whose unorthodox appointment by President Donald Trump has raised concerns among Democrats about the future of the U.S.-Russia p...

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U.S. calling back 1,700 aviation safety inspectors

The Federal Aviation Administration is calling back 1,700 aviation safety inspectors as a partial government shutdown drags on into its fourth week...

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U.S. Senate advances measure to block Trump administration from easing Russia sanctions

The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to move ahead with a resolution disapproving of a Trump administration plan to ease sanctions on Russian aluminum giant Rusal, its parent En+...

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Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general says he will not 'be bullied' by anybody

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told lawmakers on Tuesday he would protect a federal probe into Russian election meddling from p...

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U.S. attorney general nominee will not target law-abiding marijuana businesses

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday he disagreed with a decision by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse a po...

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U.S. acting AG Whitaker to testify before House panel on February 8

U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, whose unorthodox appointment by President Donald Trump has raised concerns among Democrats about the future of the U.S.-Russia p...

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Nearly 4 in 10 have firsthand experience with U.S. shutdown: poll

Nearly four in 10 adults in the United States say they are either personally affected by the partial U.S. government shutdown or they know someone who is, according to a Reute...

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U.S. House, including Steve King, votes to condemn his racist statements

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a resolution disapproving statements made by Representative Steve King that were roundly criticized a...

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Barr: Mueller report confidential, will try to make much public

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general said on Tuesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe report is required to be confidential b...

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White House considering former PepsiCo CEO, Treasury official to lead World Bank: source

The White House is considering former PepsiCo Inc Chief Executive Indra Nooyi, Treasury Department official David Malpass and Overseas Private Investment Corp CEO Ray Washburn...

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Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general says he won't 'be bullied' by anybody

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told lawmakers on Tuesday he would protect a federal probe into Russian election meddling from p...

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Trump AG pick concerned by Silicon Valley 'behemoths'

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told lawmakers on Tuesday that he would focus attention on the "huge behemoths" in Sil...

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U.S. attorney general nominee won't target law-abiding marijuana businesses

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday he disagreed with a decision by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse a polic...

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Schumer: Treasury proposal to relax sanctions on Russian firms is a sham

The U.S. Senate's most powerful Democrat on Tuesday said the Trump administration's proposal to relax sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska...

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U.S.-bound Honduran migrant caravan grows as Trump argues for wall

A new U.S.-bound caravan of Honduran migrants grew to nearly 1,000 people as it neared the Guatemalan border on Tuesday, a Honduran official said, while U.S. President Donald...

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Senate will not be in recess next week if government is still closed: McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday the Senate would not close for a planned recess if the partial government shutdown stretches into next...

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Hundreds of FDA staff return to work amid shutdown: Commissioner

About 400 U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffers have returned to their posts from furlough, including some food inspectors and support professionals, Commissioner Scott G...

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Government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, ma...

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Shutdown bites economy, U.S. Coast Guard as Washington talks stall

The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go...

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U.S. homeland security chief seeks pay for Coast Guard amid shutdown

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday she was working with the White House and Congress to pass legislation to fund the Coast Guard so that its wor...

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Senior U.S. Democrat seeks to delay lifting of sanctions on Russian firms

The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he would ask the Treasury Department to delay the lifting of sanctions on companies tied to Ru...

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Impact on U.S. government widens on 25th day of shutdown

The longest shutdown in history affecting a quarter of U.S. government reached its 25th day on Tuesday, with most of the 800,000 employees who have been furloughed or who are...

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Alabama judge overturns law protecting Confederate monuments

An Alabama judge has voided a 2017 state law preventing the removal or alteration of historic memorials, saying it infringed citizens' free-speech rights and effectively...

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Democratic U.S. Senator Gillibrand to discuss potential White House bid

Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been taking steps to prepare for a run for the White House in 2020, is scheduled to appear on CBS' "The Late Show...

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Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general says 'will not be bullied' by anybody

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told lawmakers on Tuesday he would protect a federal probe into Russian election meddling from p...

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Mueller wants more time with cooperating witness Gates: filing

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday asked a federal judge for more time before sentencing former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates because of his ongoing cooperation,...

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Shutdown bites economy as Democrats reject Trump invitation to talk

The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as congressional Democrats rejected Presid...

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U.S. homeland security chief seeks legislation to pay Coast Guard amid shutdown

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday she was working with the White House and Congress to pass legislation to fund the Coast Guard so that its wor...

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Senior U.S. Democrat seeks delay in lifting sanctions on Russian firms

The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he would ask the Treasury Department to delay the lifting of sanctions on two companies tied t...

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Trump to meet with Republican lawmakers at the White House: spokeswoman

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Republican lawmakers at the White House later on Tuesday to discuss border security amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, Wh...

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Shutdown bites economy as Trump-Democrat impasse drags to 25th day

The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as the impasse between President Donald Tr...

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U.S. House Democratic leaders to cancel planned break amid shutdown

U.S. House Democratic leaders on Tuesday said they plan to cancel next week's week-long recess unless a deal is reached before then to end the ongoing federal government...

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No. 2 House Democrat to seek delay in lifting of sanctions on Russian firms

The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he would ask the Treasury Department to delay a planned lifting of sanctions on two companies...

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Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general promises to protect Russia probe

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told lawmakers on Tuesday that he would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of...

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AG nominee Barr pledges to support federal whistleblower law

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr pledged at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday to support and uphold the False Claims Act, a law that lets...

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Trump AG nominee Barr says Mueller would not back witch hunt

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general said on Tuesday he did not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be involved in a "witch hunt,"...

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Trump's pick for attorney general faces questions on Russia probe

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, faced questions from senators on Tuesday about his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Muel...

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Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census

A federal judge on Tuesday set aside U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire...

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Trump to meet lawmakers at White House as shutdown enters 25th day

President Donald Trump will meet members of Congress at the White House later on Tuesday as the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a 25th day without resolution amid a st...

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With Trump out, Mnuchin and Pompeo to lead U.S. delegation at Davos

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the American delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week, filli...

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Spike Lee joins The Killers for protest video over Trump's planned wall

Rockers The Killers have teamed up with film director Spike Lee to make the music video for their latest song, "Land Of The Free", a protest against President Donald...

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Trump's attorney general pick to face questions on criticism of Mueller probe

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, will likely have to explain his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of...

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U.S., North Korea to hold talks this week seeking 'interim' deal: media

The United States and North Korea plan to hold high-level talks in Washington this week to discuss a second meeting between their leaders, South Korean media said on Tuesday,...

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U.S., North Korea to hold talks this week after nuclear standoff: media

The United States and North Korea plan to hold high-level talks in Washington as soon as this week to discuss a second summit of their leaders, following a prolonged stalemate...

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House Republicans move to reprimand King over white supremacy comments

Senior Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives moved on Monday to strip congressman Steve King of his committee assignments after the Iowa Republican gave a media int...

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U.S., North Korea to hold talks this week after nuclear standoff: South Korean paper

The United States and North Korea plan to hold high-level talks in Washington this week to discuss a second summit of their leaders, following a prolonged stalemate in nuclear...

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Pentagon extends mission to Mexico border through September

The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday...

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Pentagon says extending mission to Mexico border through September

The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday...

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Burgers by candlelight: Trump lays out fast food for college football champs

U.S. President Donald Trump laid out a White House feast fit for a government shutdown on Monday: silver platters heaped high with McDonald's quarter pounders and the red...

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Ivanka Trump to help select candidate to lead World Bank: White House

Ivanka Trump will help manage the Trump administration's selection of a U.S. candidate for the position of World Bank Group president, a White House official said on Mond...

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Pompeo to hold talks with North Korea this week: South Korean paper

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is about to hold high-level talks in Washington D.C. with North Korean senior official Kim Yong Chol on Thursday or Friday, and both sides...

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Senate to take up Russia sanctions measure Tuesday

The U.S. Senate will begin voting on Tuesday on a resolution criticizing the Trump administration's decision to ease sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Ole...

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Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing new rules allowing employers to obtain exemptions from an Obamacare requirement that...

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Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics

U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, will pledge at his confirmation hearing to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia prob...

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U.S. lawmaker launches investigation into pharma drug pricing

A top U.S. lawmaker launched an investigation into pharmaceutical industry pricing practices on Monday, less than a week after he and fellow Democrats introduced legislation a...

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Trump's Attorney General pick vows to shield Russia probe from politics

U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr will pledge at his confirmation hearing to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe...

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New Illinois governor promises balanced budget for state

Billionaire political newcomer J.B. Pritzker took office as Illinois governor on Monday, pledging to pass a balanced budget and take on the state's "challenging"...

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Trump: 'I never worked for Russia'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he never worked for Russia, his first direct denial after a media report that the FBI in 2017 investigated whether he acted against...

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House panels discussing subpoena for Trump interpreter: Engel

Two congressional committees are considering whether to subpoena President Donald Trump's interpreter to testify about what was discussed in his meetings with Russian Pre...

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U.S. trade representative says trade negotiations to continue despite shutdown

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Monday said operations including trade negotiations and enforcement will continue despite a partial government shutdown...

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Trump's AG pick to pledge protection for Mueller's Russia probe: testimony

U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr will pledge at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's in...

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Trump's AG nominee Barr will pledge to protect Mueller's Russia probe: testimony

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr will pledge at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investi...

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U.S. high court rebuffs challenge to Trump appointee Whitaker

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday stayed out of the fight over whether President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general is unlawful by r...

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Trump says he never worked for Russia, rejects media reports

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday denied media reports over the weekend regarding the ongoing Russia probe and his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling...

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to Trump appointee Whitaker

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday stayed out of the fight over whether President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general is unlawful by r...

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Trump rejects senator's proposal for temporary government reopening

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he rejected a proposal from a Republican ally in the Senate that he reopen the government for a temporary period to allow for negoti...

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U.S. government shutdown drags into fourth week amid stalemate

A partial government shutdown entered its 24th day on Monday as talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remained stalled even as some of Trump�...

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President Trump can't stop U.S. coal plants from retiring

More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump's first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama's first term, despite the Repu...

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U.S. judge partially blocks Trump administration birth control rules

A judge in California on Sunday partially blocked a set of Trump administration rules that allow employers to opt out of providing health insurance that covers women's bi...

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Republican Senator Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily

A Republican senator close to President Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow...

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Republican ally Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily

A Republican senator close to President Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow...

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Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday he plans to ask the FBI about a report it launched a probe into whether President Donald Trump has be...

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Texas tent city that holds migrant teens to close

A tent city in Texas for migrant teens will close, the U.S. government said on Friday, and the children held in what had become a controversial symbol of President Donald Trum...

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Schumer to force vote on U.S. decision to lift sanctions on Russia firms

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Saturday he will force a vote soon on a resolution to disapprove the Trump administration's decision to relax sanction...

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