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Behind the scenes: How four veteran lawmakers saved the budget deal and avoided a second shutdown

Richard Shelby needed a drink. As the top Republican negotiator in Congress, the powerful Appropriations Committee chairman had spent the past few days hammering out the contours of a bipartisan spending bill to avert a second government shutdown.

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Potential Privacy Problem Found With Millions of Americans’ 2010 Census Data

The information for 138 million people are potentially vulnerable

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Ann Coulter after Trump's order: ‘The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot’

President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he was declaring a national emergency wasn't received well by all Republicans, none ...

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Trump’s Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice

It remains to be seen whether Senate Republicans will act collectively to try to stop the president or how far into uncharted territory they are ...

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Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Vice President Mike Pence called on European allies to abandon the Iran nuclear deal while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, shortly after ...

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Far-right to get seats in Spanish parliament: opinion polls

Far-right lawmakers are set to be elected to Spain's parliament for the first time in nearly four decades, two opinion polls showed on Saturday, ...

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In declaring a national emergency, Trump reminds Republicans: It’s all about him

For GOP lawmakers, loyalty with President Trump remains a one-way street. Having lost two rounds of negotiations, he dismissed their warnings and showed contempt for the separation of powers.

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Democrats on ‘reassurance tour’ for European allies worried about Trump

Pelosi is leading a group of newly elected Democrats eager to calm the fears of allies. Along with several GOP lawmakers, they are following in the footsteps of the late senator John McCain.

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How Trump just undermined his case for an emergency over the border wall

With a self-defeating sound bite on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump embarked on a legally dubious "emergency" course to build his border wall, setting up a constitutional clash and sparking anxieties among Republicans about how a future Democratic president might someday return the favour. ...

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Some Republicans Were Against Executive Power on Immigration. Now They Aren’t.

President Trump declared a national emergency to unlock funds for a border wall that he couldn’t get from Congress. Those Republicans supporting the ...

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As Trump ponders auto tariffs, free-trade Republicans push back

The Commerce Department is expected to deliver long-awaited report on auto tariffs to the president by a Feb. 17 deadline, according to two sources ...

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Legal challenges to Trump emergency declaration face uphill battle

Democratic lawmakers, states and others mulling legal challenges to President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to obtain funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall face an uphill and probably losing battle in a showdown likely to be ...

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Republicans respond to Trump’s national emergency declaration

Some Republicans have voiced opposition to Trump's decision to use presidential power to acquire funds to build a wall

Time /
The Green New Deal Could Launch Republican Climate Solutions

The attention surrounding the Green New Deal rollout last week seemed to underscore the entrenched partisanship of addressing climate change: progressive Democrats demanded a quick drawdown from fossil fuels while top Republicans, including President Trump, dismissed their plan as a “socialist” joke. But behind the scenes, conservative ...

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Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Washington state lawmakers have advanced a measure that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles

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Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Washington state lawmakers have advanced a measure that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating ...

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Should NBA have moved All-Star Game back to North Carolina?

The league stripped Charlotte of the game in 2016 until state lawmakers replaced the controversial HB2 ...

NY Times /
On Pro Basketball: Finally, the N.B.A. Comes to Charlotte

A controversial bathroom bill passed in 2016 caused sports organizations to abandon North Carolina. A partial repeal brought them back.

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Trump declares border national emergency to bipartisan skepticism

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to unlock billions of dollars in federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds.

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Trump agrees to sign legislation to avert another shutdown

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to unlock billions of dollars in federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds.

Politico /
Why Trump’s Going to Win on the National Emergency

There’s one arena where the president always succeeds: getting the Republican Party to abandon its principles.

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WATCH: President Trump declares national emergency and claims $8 billion to secure border

Lawmakers respond to declaration, some call the move "unnecessary."

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Venezuela opposition's U.S. envoy has no 'crystal ball' on Maduro exit

The Venezuelan opposition’s envoy to the United States said on Friday there was no telling how long it would take to oust President Nicolas Maduro ...

The Guardian /
National emergency: Trump's 'clear abuse of power' faces torrent of lawsuits

Declaration prompts dire warnings but fallout could be contained by successful legal challenge or resolution in CongressSign up for the US morning ...

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Republican Bill Weld announces he will take on Trump in 2020

Ex-governor of Massachusetts says he has set up an exploratory committee to pursue the Republican presidential nominationDonald Trump is facing a potential challenge in the 2020 primaries after Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, became the first rebel Republican to take on the president in a long shot bid to oust him. Related: Which ...

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Trump declares national emergency to build border wall, setting up massive legal fight

Trump's national emergency declaration, criticized by Democrats and Republicans when he threatened it, could bring swift legal and legislative challenges.

Politico /
How Schumer and McConnell kept Trump out of the shutdown talks

While the president claims he’s the dealmaker-in-chief, it was veteran lawmakers who got it done.

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