Bipartisan immigration pact among several Senate proposals

A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement aimed at balancing Democrats’ fight to offer citizenship to young “Dreamer” immigrants with President Donald Trump’s demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico. Overnight, the Trump administration denounced the deal. The compromise was announced Wednesday by 16 senators with centrist views on the issue and was winning support […]

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White House counsel walks a fine line in serving Trump’s demands

President Trump had a request for his lawyer: Call a senior Justice Department official and get him to persuade the FBI director to announce that Trump was not personally under investigation in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. White House counsel Donald McGahn made the call in April to acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente but failed to convince him […]

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Trump prods Congress amid debate on immigration

President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that it’s now or never when it comes to extending protections for young immigrants who have stayed in the country illegally. Trump, in an early-morning tweet, said Congress must act now to provide legal protections to young “Dreamer” immigrants even as legislation faces an uncertain prospect in Congress. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could […]

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White House declines to provide detailed account of senior aide’s firing

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggled Monday to explain the administration’s shifting response to spousal abuse allegations against former senior aide Rob Porter, providing answers in the daily press briefing that were incomplete or that conflicted with the accounts of other aides or previous White House comments. Sanders would not provide detailed answers on why a senior aide […]

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FBI director to face questions on security clearances

FBI Director Christopher Wray will appear before a Senate panel Tuesday morning, where he is expected to field questions on security clearances for White House personnel and whether he remains confident in the independence of his agents. Wray will be one of six top intelligence agency heads to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee for its annual worldwide threats hearing. […]

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White House budget proposes increase to defense spending

The proposal, titled “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” sets forth President Trump’s priorities as Congress prepares to consider spending bills for the next fiscal year. It would continue to markedly increase military spending and set aside money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plan also calls for major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other social […]

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Nancy Pelosi Wants to Take Back the House. But She Faces a More Urgent Test.

As Congress barreled toward a government shutdown Thursday evening, Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Californian who has led House Democrats for 15 years, gathered her troops to urge them to vote no on a spending bill that would keep the government open. “We’re better when we stick together,” one lawmaker recalled her saying, as she implored unity around demands that Republican […]

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U.S. Government Shutdown Begins as Congress Lets Funding Lapse

The U.S. government entered a partial shutdown as Congress missed a midnight deadline to pass spending legislation because of a Republican senator’s objections, but the lapse may last only a few hours as the House and Senate plan votes early Friday morning. There still are risks because of opposition in the House from conservative Republicans and some Democrats to the […]

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A second Nunes memo is coming as he prepares his next strike on the FBI

House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes is preparing to release the second memo in his investigation into alleged corruption at the FBI and Department of Justice. The memo will focus on purported abuses at the State Department and a second Trump-Russia dossier, authored by an operative with longtime ties to the Clintons, that former British spy Christopher Steele gave to […]

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