Senate poised to break budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen

BREAKING: Senate Democrats are expected to join with Republicans Monday to approve a short-term spending bill to fund the government through Feb. 8, according to several Senate Democrats. House GOP leaders signaled they would back the measure, likely as soon as later Monday. Democrats and some Republicans had been seeking ironclad assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of a […]

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Syria regime accused of chemical attack in rebel enclave

At least 21 people, including children, suffered breathing difficulties Monday, a monitor said, in a suspected Syrian regime chemical attack on a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus. United Nations inspectors have accused President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of being behind multiple deadly poison gas attacks during the country’s devastating seven year war. Monday’s attack targeted the city of Douma in the […]

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Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Here’s why it doesn’t.

A government shutdown is like the weather. Everyone talks about it but nobody does anything about it. There’s one big difference between the weather and shutdown, however. Nobody can do anything about the weather while members of Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Indeed, they usually do, with only four “true” shutdowns in modern times according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, 18 […]

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Democrats’ Deep-Rooted Distrust of G.O.P. on Immigration

At the heart of the confrontation that led to a government shutdown lie two weeks of mixed messaging by the president — and two decades of deep-seated acrimony and suspicion between Democrats and Republicans on immigration. “The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked,” President Trump tweeted Sunday. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, said his […]

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House approves bill to keep government open

The House passed a short-term extension of government funding late Thursday after Republican leaders, with help from President Trump, cobbled together enough GOP votes to overcome an internal revolt. Still, the possibility of a federal shutdown moved closer to a certainty after Senate Democrats rallied against the GOP proposal, announcing they would not lend their votes to a bill that […]

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Trump had ‘pattern’ of Kremlin-connected money laundering

A Russian gangster operated an illegal gambling ring out of a Trump Tower apartment. President Trump had a “pattern” of making real estate deals with Russians indicative of money laundering. Eric Trump bragged about having unlimited access to Russian money for his golf course developments. And Trump associates crossed paths with a number of Kremlin-connected oligarchs during the campaign. Those […]

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Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern

The Republican Party’s struggle to forge a plan to keep the government open exposes deep, intractable rifts that raise questions about its ability to govern, with GOP leaders handcuffed by party divisions and whipsawed by President Trump’s outbursts on how to proceed. The poisonous dynamic has now pushed Washington to the brink of a partial government shutdown, which will occur […]

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A German hacker offers a rare look inside the secretive world of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

A lone figure in a black hoodie and jeans breaks off from the pack. “Too many biometric details,” says Andy Müller-Maguhn, eyeing the cameras on the timesaving devices. He has come here, as he does most months, to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the world’s most controversial purveyor of government secrets. For most of the past six years, Assange […]

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