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Senate approves plan to end shutdown, reopen government

The Senate voted Monday to end the government shutdown, extending funding for three weeks, following a deal being reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding... More>>

Susan Collins had senators in bipartisan meetings use talking stick

During bipartisan talks between senators to discuss passing a funding bill to end the government shutdown, Sen. Susan Collins whose office was being used for the negotiations, figured out a civil way to create discussion. More>>

Court orders new Pennsylvania congressional district map, says it favored GOP

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the state's congressional map Monday, ruling that Republican-drawn districts "clearly, plainly and palpably" violate the state's constitution and ordering that the map be redrawn in... More>>

Russian spy ship spotted 100 miles off North Carolina coast

The Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov was spotted 100 miles south east of Wilmington, NC in international waters, according to a US military official, just days after the vessel was seen leaving the capital of Trinidad... More>>

Publisher pulls former Trump appointee Carl Higbie's book from market over racist remarks

Former Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie's book is being pulled from the market by its publisher after CNN's KFile unearthed racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-gay remarks Higbie made as a radio host. More>>

George W. Bush's favorable rating has pulled a complete 180

George W. Bush has turned his unpopularity upside down. More>>

Progressives fume after vote to end government shutdown

Progressive lawmakers and activists are furious over the Senate's Monday vote to end the government shutdown. More>>

It's not just immigration. The government has also shut down over abortions and an aircraft carrier

Federal government shutdowns in the US are not just about money. They often happen when one political party feels that threatening to shut the federal-funding spigot is the best leverage to use in a political battle. More>>

Scalise returns to Capitol Hill from hospital

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise headed straight to Capitol Hill from the hospital Monday after undergoing surgery almost two weeks ago. More>>

The DACA shutdown is over. Now what?

On the third day, the Democrats punted. More>>

How senators voted to end the government shutdown

The Senate has advanced a short term spending deal, moving one step closer to reopening the government and funding it for the next three weeks. The Senate voted 81-18 to approve the procedural "cloture" motion vote and end... More>>

Same sex couple sues State Department over decision on son's citizenship

A married same-sex couple living in London is suing the State Department over the determination that only one of their two sons is recognized as a US citizen. More>>

Trump says he's 'pleased' with Democrats' shutdown concession

President Donald Trump hailed the expected reopening of the federal government on Monday and said the shutdown's end means talks on immigration can proceed. More>>

Lindsey Graham: Time for the 'Gang of 60'

One of the founding members of the bipartisan "Gang of Six" on immigration says the group will exist no longer -- replaced by efforts to build a much larger coalition. More>>

Winners and losers from the government reopening

The federal government is on a glide path to reopening Tuesday after Senate Democrats largely joined their Republican colleagues to vote for a proposal that will fund the government through February 8 in exchange for a... More>>

Officers were OK to arrest 21 in 'makeshift strip club' house party, Supreme Court says

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of police officers who arrived at a supposedly vacant house after midnight in 2008 in Washington, DC, and arrested 21 people who said they were there with the permission of an... More>>

Supreme Court jumps on dusky gopher frog case

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a case concerning the United States Fish and Wildlife Services designation of approximately 1,600 privately owned acres in Louisiana as a "critical habitat" for a species known... More>>

Pence says US embassy to open in Jerusalem by end of 2019

The US will open its embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019, US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday in Israel's parliament, confirming that the controversial move is speeding up after officials earlier said it could... More>>

Mourning military families won't get government death benefits

The first two military families who will not receive death benefits because of the government shutdown have been named. More>>

White House aide defends anti-immigrant Trump campaign ad

White House legislative director Marc Short defended Monday a recent re-election campaign ad from President Donald Trump that called Democrats "complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants." More>>

Why Donald Trump is irrelevant in the government shutdown talks

The big story coming out of the first weekend of the 2018 government shutdown was this: Where is President Donald Trump? More>>

TSA imposing stricter cargo screening for 5 Middle East countries

The Transportation Security Administration, citing terror concerns, is implementing a stricter screening program for air cargo arriving to the United States from five countries in the Middle East. More>>

Shutdown watch: Noon vote but Democrats have trust issues with GOP

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put his offer on the table. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer rejected the offer. Now they will vote. More>>

Sources: White House driving a hard bargain by demanding more than a wall

A key reason why the White House has not agreed to a deal that would reopen the federal government is that West Wing officials are insisting on nearly all of their demands for clamping down on the nation's immigration... More>>

Ahead of key vote, both parties weigh risks and rewards

Democratic and Republican leaders are making intricate political calculations ahead of a planned 12 p.m. ET vote in the Senate on whether to end the government shutdown. More>>

GOP considers releasing intel behind memo alleging FISA abuses

Top House Republicans are considering publicly releasing some of the underlying intelligence behind a memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes that alleges FBI abuses of surveillance laws. More>>

'Dealmaker in chief' largely absent in weekend shutdown negotiations

President Donald Trump may be presiding over the first government shutdown ever to occur when one party controls Washington, but in his own telling he is just beginning to master the ways of the capital. More>>

Here's what's affected by the shutdown

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. More>>

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'For so long, women were silent'

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg extolled the #MeToo movement and revealed one of her own experiences with sexual harassment in deeply personal observations Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. More>>

Government shutdown: Some parks and monuments may be closed

How does the US federal government shutdown affect you? Not every federally funded agency, program and service will grind to a halt -- just those considered nonessential. More>>

This weekend, they marched. In November, they vote

They've said, Time's Up. They've said, Me Too. And now they're saying: If you're not an ally, we're coming for your seat. More>>

Senate vote scheduled for Monday to potentially end shutdown

The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to re-open the government following Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pledge to take up legislation to address an expiring immigration program in hopes of enticing enough... More>>

Charity to provide military survivor benefits during shutdown

A Maryland-based charity has promised to ensure the families of fallen troops will be paid survivor benefits during the government shutdown. More>>

DACA on mind of rallygoers in Las Vegas as shutdown negotiations continue

Attendees at the Power to the Polls rally in Las Vegas on Sunday came energized, ready to celebrate and build on the momentum of last year's inaugural Women's March. More>>

The lesser-known effects of a government shutdown

What do NASA tours, Air Force Academy athletics and military base commissaries have in common? All have come to a halt during the current government shutdown. More>>

White House changes public voice mail to blame Democrats for shutdown

The White House public comment line wasn't working on Sunday, and people who called the number were told it's the Democrats' fault. More>>

Thousands of women have one message: Vote

What happens in Las Vegas on Sunday won't stay in Las Vegas. More>>

New texts from FBI official removed from Mueller probe delivered to Congress

A new cache of text messages exchanged between two top FBI officials that have come under fire for criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump were delivered to lawmakers on Capitol Hill Friday evening, according... More>>

Zinke: Parks shouldn't be bargaining chip in shutdown showdown

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Sunday he has decided to keep many national parks open during the government shutdown because the tourist spots should not "be weaponized." More>>

NY Gov. Cuomo to keep Statue of Liberty open during shutdown

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will use state funds to keep the Statue of Liberty open to visitors during the federal government shutdown during a press conference on Sunday. More>>

After outcry, deployed troops will get to watch football during shutdown

The Department of Defense announced Sunday that it will show sports programming, including NFL playoff games, during the government shutdown after receiving complaints for stripping deployed troops of that service. More>>

Rand Paul says Dems spiked his immigration compromise to end shutdown

Sen. Rand Paul says he proposed a compromise to Democrats to re-open the federal government, but was rejected. More>>

McCain is missing as shutdown blame game escalates

Here are the stories our DC insiders are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow's headlines today. More>>

The new CNN poll is good news for Republicans. Or is it?

At first glance, the new CNN poll is a bit of good news for Republicans looking to the coming 2018 midterms with trepidation. More>>

Bernie Sanders on new Trump immigration ad: 'It is really sad'

Sen. Bernie Sanders denounced a web ad recently put out by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, which called Democrats "complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants." More>>

Sen. Tammy Duckworth blasts Trump as 'draft dodger'

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who lost both of her legs during an explosion in Iraq while serving in the US Army, blasted President Donald Trump as a "five-deferment draft dodger" during her remarks on the... More>>

Pence says immigration talks over until government reopens

Vice President Mike Pence told US service members on Sunday that immigration talks between lawmakers and the White House couldn't proceed until the government reopens. More>>

French President Macron has 'a very direct relationship with Trump'

Their first meeting in Brussels was symbolized by a prolonged, white-knuckle handshake -- and months later it appears French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump continue to have forceful exchanges. More>>

White House budget director: 'Kind of cool' to be in charge of government shutdown

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney described it as "kind of cool" that he's technically in charge of shutting down the government during an interview Friday. More>>

Shutdown heads into day two with divides deepening

The government shutdown went into a second day Sunday with recriminations deepening between the parties and with no sign of progress towards ending the impasse. More>>

Why the government shutdown might last longer than you think

The conventional wisdom -- even as senators flailed and failed to find a deal to keep the government open late Friday night and Saturday -- was that this would all be over soon. More>>

CNN Poll: Democratic advantage narrows in 2018

As the midterm election year begins, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds the Democratic advantage on a generic congressional ballot has tightened to a narrow 5 points among registered voters, but those voters who say... More>>

Trump campaign releases ad tying Democrats to murders by illegal immigrants

Hours into the government shutdown, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign released a hard-right ad accusing Democrats of being "complicit in all murders" committed by undocumented immigrants. More>>

DC Women's March brings protesters to National Mall

The National Mall was filled with more than its usual crowd of tourists and joggers Saturday morning as protesters descended on the space in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the one-year anniversary of the Women's March. More>>

Members of Congress to donate pay during shutdown

Several members of Congress have asked that their pay be withheld during the government shutdown, with some saying they will donate that money to charity. More>>

Schumer: There needs to be a big deal for the government to reopen

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Saturday that there needs to be a big deal on a range of topics -- including not just immigration, but also domestic spending levels -- for the government to reopen. More>>

Rep. Pat Meehan removed from Ethics Committee after report he settled sexual misconduct complaint

House Speaker Paul Ryan removed Rep. Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following a news report that the Pennsylvania Republican used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle a sexual... More>>

CNN Poll: Economic boost buoys Trump, but negatives abound elsewhere

One year in to Donald Trump's time in office, his approval ratings fall well below his predecessors' anniversary marks, and Americans' expectations that he will keep major campaign promises have largely faded, according to... More>>

Congress' DACA game of chicken goes off the cliff

The premise of a game of chicken is that in the end, someone always flinches. Congress found out early Saturday morning what happens when no one does. More>>

Lawmakers scramble for a deal amid shutdown-DACA 'chaos'

On the first day of the government shutdown, there's more sniping about who is to blame than serious progress towards ending it. More>>

Deployed troops can't watch NFL football during shutdown

Members of the military hoping to tune into this weekend's NFL playoff games on AFN will be sorely disappointed. More>>

Schumer tweaks Trump ego in shutdown blame game

Sen. Chuck Schumer jabbed President Donald Trump on Saturday in his most sensitive spot --- effectively telling the President, you just don't get the art of the deal. More>>

A picture from the shutdown that will make you believe government can still actually work

There was a moment during Friday's failed attempt to avoid a government shutdown that was genuinely inspiring. More>>

CNN Poll: Melania Trump's approval numbers top the President's

A new CNN poll shows first lady Melania Trump remains more popular than her husband, President Donald Trump. Mrs. Trump is at a 47% favorable rating, while the President's approval number stands at 40%, according to the... More>>

A year of Trump: (Almost) everything that happened

It will be impossible to adequately explain in decades to come just what it was like to be alive in the exhausting first year of Donald Trump's presidency. More>>

How the House Intelligence Committee can make Nunes' FISA memo public

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are considering using an obscure committee rule to bypass the executive branch's declassification process to release the classified memo on alleged surveillance abuses... More>>

One year later, Women's March returns

One year after women took to the streets in droves to protest President Donald Trump's inauguration, marchers are gathering again in cities across the country and around the world in sharp rebuke to Trump's presidency and... More>>

Trump privately saying Democrats caused shutdown, but he'll be blamed

President Donald Trump is telling aides and allies that the Democrats caused the government shutdown, "but that he will be blamed" for it, according to a source close to the White House. More>>

Trump's presidency so far, in charts

President Donald Trump entered the White House promising to change Washington, undo key accomplishments of his predecessor and realign the US approach to the international community and treatment of immigrants. More>>

Everything you need to know about women's marches this weekend

This weekend is the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's swearing-in. But hundreds of thousands of activists across the US also are marking the anniversary of last January's Women's March, and the movement it... More>>

White House slams Democrats as 'obstructionist losers'

The White House issued a harshly worded statement late Friday condemning the Senate's failure to avert a government shutdown, calling Senate Democrats "obstructionist losers, not legislators." More>>

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. More>>

Trump's high-dollar fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago will go on

With the government shut down, President Donald Trump isn't going to Mar-a-Lago as he planned for his high-dollar fundraiser Saturday night. More>>

Shutdown drama shows Washington's failure to lead

Even by Washington's standards, the sequence of busted negotiations, partisan dysfunction, and blame games that shut down the federal government at midnight on Friday was baffling. More>>

Why Democrats may be making the wrong bet on the shutdown

Although Democrats appear to have the backing of their base in their fight to extend the program allowing some people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, there are some warning signs that going to the carpet... More>>

Blame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdown

First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing. More>>

How senators voted on the government shutdown

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. More>>

25 Ways to be politically active (whether you lean left or right)

Whether the Trump administration has you feeling impotent or energized, now's the time to start getting more politically active. Here are 25 ways you can elevate your activism: More>>

How Trump helped save the Democrats

For Democrats, President Donald Trump's election was a curse they never saw coming. But his first year in office has delivered them small blessings -- and a newfound unity among progressives dedicated to his defeat. More>>

How Trump changed the world in one year

In his first year as president, Donald Trump has torn at a thread running through international affairs for 75 years -- the idea of the United States as a predictable bastion of global stability and champion of Western... More>>

Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a deal

The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government. More>>

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. More>>

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. More>>

Chuck Schumer's big moment

The high-stakes standoff over government funding has thrust Chuck Schumer into the brightest spotlight of his young tenure leading Senate Democrats. He faces intense pressure to resolve a thicket of policy issues while... More>>

Governing from crisis to crisis isn't governing

Whether or not Congress makes a deal to avoid a government shutdown before midnight tonight, they've already failed. More>>

#2020Vision: Shutdown politics; Harris vs. Booker in a clash of styles; Biden gets good polling news

Our weekly roundup of the news, notes and chatter about the prospects for the next Democratic presidential race, from Eric Bradner, Greg Krieg and Caroline Kenny: More>>

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. More>>

Employee sues Fannie Mae, saying she was hired for IT but boss required sex

A former adult dancer is suing Fannie Mae for sexual harassment and hostile work environment, claiming she was hired under the guise of working for the IT department but was instead expected to serve as personal... More>>

Government shutdown: Where the senators stand

Now that the House has passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday, the Senate will need 60 votes to move it forward. More>>

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... More>>

Fusion GPS leader suspected 'crime' when probing Trump team and Russia

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson used his six-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee in November to defend the crafting of the now-infamous opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia and detail the... More>>

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. More>>

Nunes' FBI memo becomes conservative rallying cry

House conservatives are demanding the public release of a memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, detailing allegations of FBI missteps during the 2016 election -- a move... More>>

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. More>>

Justice Department 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 federal bribery and corruption charges. More>>

Government shutdowns: A look back at modern 'funding gaps'

When the clock strikes midnight, the US government could shut down in historic fashion. More>>

CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats

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... More>>

CNN Poll: President Trump's approval rating edges up to 40%

President Donald Trump's approval rating ticked up to 40%, his highest mark since last September but still the lowest for any elected president at the one-year mark since modern public opinion polling began, according to... More>>

Who's affected by a shutdown: By the numbers

If Congress can't agree on a plan to fund the federal government before time runs out, a shutdown is expected to affect millions of Americans. More>>

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. More>>

This is what happens during a US government shutdown

If both houses of Congress are unable to pass a funding proposal -- which, at this point, looks very possible -- the United States federal government will shut down Friday. More>>

Anti-abortion bill passes the House ahead of 'March for Life'

An anti-abortion rights bill passed in the House Friday morning ahead of the March for Life, the biggest yearly event for anti-abortion activists in Washington. More>>

Mattis: military will 'continue what we are doing' but shutdown will have a 'terrible impact'

Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned Friday that a government shutdown will have "a terrible" impact on the US military, just hours before a deadline for the Senate to pass a bill to keep the government open. However,... More>>

Kelly's hardnose tactics vex some in West Wing

After moving into his West Wing corner office, John Kelly, President Donald Trump's chief of staff, replaced the three large flatscreen televisions over the fireplace with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. More>>

Democratic House Intel member alleges 'plenty of evidence to suggest' Trump Organization money laundering

California Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, is making the accusation that past Trump Organization real estate deals show evidence of money laundering. More>>

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. More>>

'Hillbilly Elegy' author will not run for Senate

Despite a conversation with the top Senate Republican, "Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance will not run for Senate in Ohio, he announced Friday. More>>

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. More>>

Trump touts year of anti-abortion policies in Rose Garden speech

President Donald Trump touted his administration's anti-abortion record on Friday during remarks that made him the first sitting president to speak via video feed to the March for Life gathering in Washington. More>>

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... More>>

Why isn't the Stormy Daniels story a bigger deal?

Donald Trump's personal lawyer formed a private company just before the 2016 election to pay $130,000 in exchange for a porn star's silence about her alleged 2006 relationship with the now-President of the United States,... More>>

White House slams Democrats, preps for shutdown

With the clock ticking down to a potential government shutdown, the White House on Friday sought to put the spotlight on Democrats. More>>

Source: Trump cancels Mar-a-Lago trip ahead of anticipated government shutdown

President Donald Trump has canceled his planned trip to his posh Florida resort Friday, anticipating that lawmakers can't avert the looming government shutdown set to take effect at midnight, according to a government... More>>

Here's what to watch in Congress: 'This is going to get worse before it gets better'

The government will shut down at 12:00:01 a.m. ET, Saturday morning. Nobody on either side -- Senate or House; Republican or Democrat -- sees a different path at this point. More>>

Former FBI Director James 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. More>>

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. More>>

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... More>>

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. More>>

¯\_(?)_/¯ 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. More>>

Oregon Democratic senator won't back stopgap spending bill

Sen. Jeff Merkley said he will vote against the short-term spending measure Republicans put forth to fund the government and avert a shutdown before the Friday midnight deadline. More>>

In Iowa, doubt creeps in even among Trump supporters

Since Donald Trump came along, they have a "safe word" at the Table of Knowledge inside Darrell's Diner in Monticello, Iowa. More>>

Trump's defense strategy sees China and Russia as biggest threats

The Pentagon now sees China and Russia as "the central challenge" facing the US military, according to the unclassified pages of the Trump administration's new National Defense Strategy. More>>

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. More>>

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... More>>

Swing state voters say why they're sticking with Trump

Voters in Ohio and Iowa voted twice for Barack Obama to be president, and then switched to Donald Trump in 2016, helping push him to his Electoral College victory. More>>

Meet the Justice Department's FISA closer

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill began to vote Thursday afternoon to extend a fiercely debated electronic surveillance program, a small circle of officials at the Justice Department huddled around a TV in a fifth-floor... More>>

Washington is broken

When Washington is this broken, it's always the most vulnerable who get hurt. More>>

GOP Rep. on DACA deal: Little consistency from the White House

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks -- a member of the Freedom Caucus -- told CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday that he remains unclear on several of President Trump's positions on a DACA deal, even as a potential government shutdown looms... More>>

Fashion and politics in the age of Trump

The weekend of President Donald Trump's Inauguration, Washington was filled with people wearing clothes that said something about their politics. MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters walked past pussyhat-wearing Women's March... More>>

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. More>>

Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote

The Senate is bracing for a potential shutdown. More>>

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... More>>

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... More>>

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. More>>

Nancy Pelosi: House GOP deal for children's health program 'a bowl of doggy doo'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn't hold back Thursday when criticizing the House Republicans' inclusion of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program in their short-term spending bill as not good enough. More>>

Source: WH considering Trump tweet could signal government is open

White House staffers are mulling the idea President Donald Trump could use Twitter Friday night to signal that the federal government will not close down, a senior administration official told CNN. More>>

DOJ asks Supreme Court to review DACA ruling

The Justice Department formally asked the Supreme Court Thursday night to review a federal judge's ruling from last week that blocked the Trump administration's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals... More>>

Why Republicans should start panicking, in 1 chart

Midterm elections are about one thing: Base enthusiasm. More>>

Amid nuclear tensions, South Korea tops Trump's long list of unfilled diplomatic posts

Key diplomatic posts remain unfilled a year into the Trump administration, chief among them the US ambassador to South Korea. More>>

House Intel delays Hope Hicks interview in Russia investigation

Hope Hicks' highly anticipated testimony before the House Intelligence Committee was abruptly delayed Thursday amid questions about whether the White House communications director would be able to respond to inquiries... More>>

Judge orders US not to transfer American accused of fighting for ISIS

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the US Defense Department must refrain from transferring a US citizen accused of fighting for ISIS and detained as an "enemy combatant" in Iraq to the custody of a third country until... More>>

What? Even the panda cams? Government shutdown would hit National Zoo

Expect pandemonium. If Congress fails to avert a government shutdown by its Friday deadline, the popular panda cameras at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington will be turned off, according to a statement from the... More>>

McClatchy: FBI investigating potential Russian donations to NRA to boost Trump

The FBI is looking into whether a Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump secure the presidency, according to a new report from McClatchy. More>>

Donald Trump's dealmaking mythology meets DC reality. Again.

For his entire adult life, and with special vigor during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump has insisted on his skills as a master negotiator. More>>

Feinstein warns people will die if the government shuts down

Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned Wednesday that when the federal government shuts down "people die, accidents happen" and it's hard to assess what the impact will be when "necessary functions cease." More>>

Trump says 'Democrats would like to see' a shutdown

President Donald Trump said Thursday he believes Democrats want a government shutdown in order to stop talking about the impact Republican-backed tax cuts are having on the economy. More>>

4 Things I learned by reading letters from Trump supporters in The New York Times

The New York Times did something very interesting this week: The paper ran a series of letters from Trump supporters in which they explained why they still support the President. More>>

Trump admin unveils protections for health workers citing religion to refuse medical services

The Department of Health and Human Services announced a rule Thursday aimed at protecting health care workers who cite moral or religious reasons to not provide certain medical procedures. More>>

Nancy Pelosi to be guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be a guest judge the new season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." More>>

Trump tries to stop the Democratic wave from crashing Pennsylvania

President Donald Trump's trip to Pennsylvania on Thursday underscored just how important Republicans believe a House special election there in March is to the party's midterm prospects. More>>

Donald Trump's exercise regimen will amaze you

President Donald Trump likes to eat fast food. And he doesn't like to exercise. Like, at all. More>>

'This place is a shithole' projected onto Trump hotel, with emojis

A projection onto the front entrance of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, declared Saturday night that the place was a "shithole" -- the term which President Donald Trump reportedly used during an... More>>

Trump says position on border wall 'has never changed or evolved'

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he has remained consistent in his plans for a border wall, a day after his chief of staff, John Kelly, told Fox News he has "changed his attitude" on it. More>>

House lawmakers unveil legislation to overhaul harassment protocol on Capitol Hill

House lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited bipartisan plan aimed at tackling the way that workplace complaints -- including sexual harassment -- are handled on Capitol Hill and to hold lawmakers personally liable... More>>

Congressional Black Caucus, Pelosi back effort to censure Trump

The Congressional Black Caucus introduced legislation Thursday to censure President Donald Trump's vulgar remarks last week and the effort has the backing of the House's Democratic leader. More>>

Pentagon considers changing nuclear retaliation rules

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Graham suggests 'outliers' in Trump admin sidelined immigration deal

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Senate passes FISA Section 702 reauthorization

The Senate approved a six-year extension of the controversial Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Thursday. More>>

Graham: You could be the Pope and Trump would still fire back

Sen. Lindsey Graham is pushing back on allegations that President Donald Trump is a racist, saying that even the Pope isn't safe from Trump's counter-punches. More>>

Graham 'very pleased' with McCain's recovery

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that his close friend, Sen. John McCain, is recovering well from brain cancer. More>>

New polls show Trump at 37% approval

Two new polls released Thursday show President Donald Trump's approval rating at 37% nearly one year into his presidency. More>>

Trump children's health insurance tweet contradicts, confounds

President Donald Trump contradicted his own administration on Thursday when he tweeted that funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program should not be included in a short-term plan to fund the government. More>>

Trump: 'Worst thing' about shutdown would be effect on military

President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that he the worst results of a possible government shutdown would be the impact on the US military. More>>

As Women's March anniversary approaches, divisions in movement strategy emerge

The night before the Women's Convention in October 2017, a group of organizers -- many who were behind the massive Women's March after Donald Trump's inauguration -- gathered in a Detroit Marriott hotel room to discuss... More>>

Trump says 'Russia is not helping' with North Korea

US President Donald Trump may have found another whipping boy when it comes to reining in North Korea. More>>

House intelligence panel votes to release transcript from Fusion GPS co-founder interview

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Bannon, Priebus, Spicer and the Mooch: A year in West Wing staff turnover

President Donald Trump's first year in office was rocked by a barrage of high-profile staff departures -- an exodus that is expected to continue during his second year once aides who are determined to make it one year on... More>>

RNC chairwoman: Sen. Cory Booker 'mansplained' to Homeland Security chief

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee on Thursday accused Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of "mansplaining" to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a hearing this week about President Donald... More>>

Government to shut down in 48 hours: What to watch

House Republican leaders think they can get the votes for the short-term spending bill, but don't have them yet. More>>

Bob Dole rise to his feet from wheelchair for National Anthem

Former Senator Bob Dole can no longer walk, but he came to his feet as the National Anthem played during a ceremony in his honor. More>>

Obama welcomed Trump to Washington a year ago. They haven't spoken since.

A year since they last met, President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama haven't spoken, the first time in decades two successive presidents have avoided communicating in the 12 months after handing off power. More>>

Tillerson's Syria wish list means US is in it for the longer haul

It was as unanticipated as it was detailed. On Wednesday in Stanford, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spelled out, in rare and lengthy granular form, exactly what America's endgame in Syria looks like. More>>