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Deal on sex harassment claims in Congress forces lawmakers to pay out of their pockets

The breakthrough came after the measure was stalled for months over disagreements between the House and Senate.

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Meadows out of the running to be Trump’s chief of staff

The White House says the president needs the House Freedom Caucus chairman in Congress.

Rural broadband gets potential boost as Congress passes farm bill

The bill, which provides billions in subsidies to American farmers, will also pave the way for more-coordinated efforts among federal agencies to ...

Apple Watch Series 3 drops to $229 at Walmart

It's not quite as good as its Black Friday price, but it's still a decent discount.

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GOP leaders still lack funding plan as shutdown looms

House Republicans are eager to give Trump his wall, but it’s not clear how they’ll get there amid low morale among departing GOP lawmakers.

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Can More Women Join the G.O.P. Boys’ Club?

One of the few Republican women in Congress fights the male status quo.

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Congress reaches deal to curb sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

House and Senate negotiations had stalled even as Congress faced a series of scandals.

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Key U.S. senator calls self-driving legislation a 'long shot'

A landmark U.S. bill that would speed adoption of self-driving cars is now "a long shot" to pass before the current Congress adjourns in the coming weeks, a key Republican senator behind the legislation said.

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Congress moves to ban cockfighting in US territories

Congress has given final passage to legislation that would shut down legal cockfights in U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ending an institution dating from the colonial era that generates millions of dollars each year

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The Conversation: GOP’s lame-duck votes in Wisconsin are unprecedented in how direct, systematic and premeditated they are

Politicians behaving badly isn’t new, but Wisconsin lame-duck actions break even that norm.

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House, Senate agree on bill to establish new sexual harassment policy for Congress

More than half a dozen lawmakers resigned in the past year amid allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct. In addition to secret taxpayer-funded ...

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: Fears about artificial intelligence are ‘very legitimate,’ he says in Post interview

Speaking with The Washington Post on after his first-ever testimony to Congress, Pichai said that new AI tools — the backbone of innovations such as driverless cars and disease-detecting algorithms — require companies to set ethical guardrails and ...

Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison — live updates

The president's former longtime attorney has been sentenced for campaign finance violations and lying to Congress

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Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison

Cohen guilty of hush money payments and lying to CongressCohen admitted covering up Trump’s ‘dirty deeds’Follow live updatesMichael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal fixer, has been sentenced to 36 months in prison in New York on Wednesday for crimes including lying to Congress and facilitating illegal payments to silence two women who ...

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Rep. Meadows out of running for White House chief of staff: officials

President Donald Trump told Republican U.S. Representative Mark Meadows that he wants him to stay in Congress rather than take the White House chief of staff job the president is seeking to fill, three senior White House officials said on ...

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer, was sentenced to three years in federal prison. He had pleaded guilty to campaign finance ...

2018 additions to the National Film Registry

"The Shining," "Jurassic Park," "My Fair Lady" and "Brokeback Mountain" are among the classic films to be preserved for future generations by the ...

"Jurassic Park," "The Shining," "My Fair Lady" among latest additions to National Film Registry

Also tagged for preservation by the Library of Congress: "Brokeback Mountain," "Monterey Pop," Disney's "Cinderella" and, from 1898, the first on-screen kiss featuring African-Americans

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House, Senate agree on sexual harassment bill after months-long struggle to resolve differences

In the #MeToo era, pressure was on Congress to make the process fairer for those who accuse lawmakers or staffers of sexual misconduct. The House and Senate had passed separate legislation and struggled to reach a compromise, but two congressional aides said Wednesday that they had broken the logjam. This is a developing story. It […]

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest

'Brokeback Mountain' added to the National Film Registry

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced Wednesday its annual list of films to be inducted and they range from a beloved ...

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Wrestling Top 10: Youth an asset for Robinson, Springbrook enters rankings

Robinson has found success early on thanks to a deep freshman class. Gonzaga drops out of the rankings after a middling performance at the Aberdeen ...

Aircraft readiness goals for 2019 unlikely to be reached, officials say

Pentagon officials testified Wednesday that many goals for aircraft readiness next year are not tenable, as Congress questioned why overall ...

First Read's Morning Clips: Trump's GOP worries about shutdown effects

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

Trump and Democratic leaders bicker publicly in Oval Office

President Trump invited the two top Democrats in Congress to the Oval Office and told them he would shut down the government if he doesn't get funding for his promised border wall. The president allowed cameras to capture a 17-minute argument with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Weijia Jiang reports.

WATCH: Cohen sentenced to 36 months in federal prison

President Trump's personal attorney will see jail time after lying to Congress.

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