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  Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers set to face another federal pay period without paychecks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring Trump's proposal to the floor this week.

Democrats said Russians tried to hack DNC after midterms

Sen. Kennedy introduces legislation to make abortion based on gender a crime

Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Amid shutdown, Secret Service agents absorb travel expenses while working without pay

Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant families

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  Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

  U.S. Agriculture Secretary discusses Trump visit, SNAP funding during shut down

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue emphasized the importance of President Donald Trump’s attendance at the meeting, citing specifically his support among farmers.

Protesters demand end to government shutdown during Trump visit

Protest organizers say they wanted to send the president a message.

  As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Hundreds of TSA employees at major airports nationwide have called out sick since this shutdown began.

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Leaving the White House for a trip to New Orleans, Trump said he had dismissed the proposal from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to reopen for several weeks and continue dealing with Democrats over Trump's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

FOX 8 political analyst: Congress will have tough time passing gun bills

N.O. City Council begins tweaking short-term rental rules

At border, Trump says ‘we can declare a national emergency’ over wall

Trump to visit N.O. Monday for appearance at Farm Bureau convention

President Donald Trump will be in New Orleans on Monday (Jan. 14) for an appearance at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

La. congressmen react to ongoing stalemate over border security, national emergency debate

Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation have mixed views on the continued government shutdown.

Gov. Edwards issues State of Emergency Declaration for Beauregard, Calcasieu

Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a State of Emergency Declaration for eight Louisiana parishes, including Beauregard and Calcasieu, due to concerns about high river levels.

Louisiana blood bank caught in federal shutdown crisis

The partial federal government shutdown is causing problems for a New Orleans blood bank that serves more than two dozen hospitals in Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats, says GOP is unified in shutdown showdown

The president also called the meeting a “total waste of time" in a tweet afterward.

National parks, air travel and beer: Shutdown impacts widely felt

The government shutdown may be partial, but it's still painful to those it impacts.

  Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ, reports say

Rod Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department once a new Attorney General is sworn in, media reports say.

In address to nation, Trump calls for funding for border security; Democrats accuse him of manufacturing crisis

The president addressed the nation about the ongoing government shutdown from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey.

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

Natalia Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that was described to Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.

AP FACT CHECK: White House notion of Mexico as terrorism gateway is false

Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence" to back that assertion up.

Rep. Scalise urged President Trump to address the nation over the government shutdown

Scalise agreed with the president that there is a crisis due to the number of people trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

La. governor has big goals for 2019; confident in re-election bid

Governor John Bel Edwards laid out big goals for himself at Press Club Monday.

Trump to address nation, plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.

Ginsburg will miss Supreme Court arguments for the 1st time

The 85-year-old Ginsburg is recuperating and will work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

Russia: Too early to consider exchange of US spy suspect

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

With talks stalled, House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments, starting with the Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

Government shutdown threatens Battle of New Orleans commemoration

Local government has stepped up to keep some of the celebrations going.

Government shutdown may delay tax refunds

The IRS is one of the agencies affected by the partial government shutdown that went into effect the Saturday before Christmas. The government is at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s desire for $5 billion to fund a border wall.

US Sen. Bill Cassidy: “There can be common ground on border wall”

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy says lawmakers are at an impasse as the government shutdown enters it’s 14th day.

Change in power on Capitol Hill impacts the positions of 2 LA congressmen

While Rep. Steve Scalise and Rep. Cedric Richmond are longtime friends, they are on opposite sides on a lot of issues, including the current government shutdown.

‘Hamildrop’ featuring Obama charts on Billboard R&B

The song was released late last month by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

New year begins with Romney, Trump at odds

Amid a government shutdown and a new congress, one freshman Republican senator is calling out the president.

New year, new Congress: Power dynamic in Washington changing soon

The shutdown standoff will dominate headlines as the 116th Congress gavels in, but there’s a lot more to the new power dynamic in Washington in 2019.

Little progress on shutdown, as Trump says it will last ‘as long as it takes’

The president said he was prepared to continue a standoff with Democrats “as long as it takes.”

Washington Gov. Inslee running for president

The governor’s intention to vie for the Democratic nomination was announced in an article published Wednesday in The Atlantic. He intends to focus on climate change as a threat to economic and natural systems.

Federal workers sue government over lack of pay during shutdown

The union for federal employees claims the government is violating federal labor law by requiring those deemed “essential” to work without pay while the government is shut down.

Sen. John Kennedy on partial government shutdown: ‘I thought it would have been over by now’

The new congress begins Thursday, with the ongoing partial government shutdown at the top of the agenda. However, Senator John Kennedy says there’s still no clear end in sight with the funding for the border wall still a big issue.

Two dozen Louisiana laws take effect New Year’s Day

Two dozen new Louisiana laws take effect with the start of the new year, including a provision that requires unanimous jury verdicts to convict someone of a serious crime

House Democrats have a plan to re-open government

House Democrats are introducing legislation to re-open the government, but without extra money for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths onto Democrats

After a trip to the border following the deaths, the secretary of Homeland Security said the "the system is clearly overwhelmed" and announced new medical screening procedures for all child migrants.

Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

While the White House was talking to congressional Democrats — and staff talks continued on Capitol Hill — negotiations dragged Wednesday, dimming hopes for a swift breakthrough.

Barack, Michelle Obama most admired: Gallup

The former president has been the most admired man for 11 years running, according to the annual Gallup poll.

Report: Doctor diagnosed Trump with bone spurs to help him stay out of Vietnam, doctor’s children say

In 1968, Trump was 22 and had already received four deferments due to education.He then got a fifth deferment on medical grounds due to the diagnosis of bone spurs in his feet.

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress. And there is no end in sight.

Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies

CBP said in the statement that it needs the help of other government agencies to provide health care. The agency “is considering options for surge medical assistance” from the Coast Guard and may request help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, and the F

US says 2nd Guatemalan child has died in immigration custody

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday.

Spending Christmas at White House, Trump says shutdown continues without wall and offers holiday greetings to troops

Asked when the government would reopen, Trump said: "I can't tell you when the government's going to be open. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it."

  ‘Marginal’ Santa believer puts out cookies after Trump chat

In one conversation, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman, "Are you still a believer in Santa?" He listened for a moment before adding, "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?" Trump listened again and chuckled before saying, "Well, you just enjoy yourself."

Trump: ‘Nothing new’ on shutdown

A stalemate over the wall led parts of the government to shut down Saturday after funding for numerous departments and agencies expired.

2018 year in politics: Tariffs, Supreme Court fight, Russia probe among highlights

It was a volatile year that saw some economic highs and political in-fighting lows around a Supreme Court nominee, all under the microscope of a special counsel investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.

Mattis leaving Pentagon sooner than planned, Shanahan tapped

An acting defense secretary is highly unusual. Historically when a secretary has resigned, he has stayed on until a successor is confirmed.

Senate adjourns until next week; no border deal

Christmas-season gridlock has descended on the nation's capital just before the holiday, with a partial government shutdown over a dispute about money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

US government shutdown explained: Who works, who doesn’t?

Trump had said he wants $5 billion budgeted for the wall. A partial government shutdown could occur if there are no spending bills passed into law by Congress by midnight Friday.

Mattis resigning as Pentagon chief after Trump disagreements

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a strongly worded statement laced with bitterness that a premature U.S. pullout before ISIS is defeated would have dangerous repercussions including a resurgence of the extremist group and a destabilizing effect on the entire region.

Bills aim to end USDA’s ‘painful’ medical experiments on cats

Sen. Jeff Merkley on Wednesday introduced a Senate version of the KITTEN act of 2018. KITTEN stands for “Kittens In Traumatic Testing ends now.”

Mueller asks for Roger Stone transcript from House committee

A House committee is expected to vote on releasing a transcript of their interview with Roger Stone to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Senate passes stopgap spending measure, easing threat of government shutdown

The Senate passed a spending bill on Wednesday night to fund the government through early February, bringing the government one step closer to avoiding a shutdown in the coming days.

Lawmakers call for probe into Guatemalan child’s death in federal custody

"There are things that we need to learn," said U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, a California Democrat who was part of the delegation visiting the Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Report: Trump signed letter of intent for Moscow tower

CNN reports it obtained a copy of a letter of intent for a Trump Tower in Moscow, signed by then-candidate Donald Trump.

Judge agrees to postpone Flynn sentencing

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he will be updated by the defense and prosecution on Flynn’s status in March and adjourned court, telling everyone “Happy Holidays.”

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.

Comey slams GOP, defends FBI after closed-door questioning

Former FBI Director James Comey slammed Republicans for not speaking out against President Donald Trump's attacks on the FBI.

Rep. Scalise weighs in on shutdown, shifting politics and physical goals

House minority whip Steve Scalise weighs in on the government shutdown, the wall, shifting politics, and his own personal challenges.

Russian disinformation campaign on social media extensive, ongoing, according to reports

“With at least some of the Russian government’s goals achieved in the face of little diplomatic or other pushback, it appears likely that the United States will continue to face Russian interference for the foreseeable future,” the researchers said.

Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown

Trump said last week he would be "proud" to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise to build a border wall. But the president doesn't have the votes from the Republican-controlled Congress to support funding for the wall at that level.

Local Vietnamese community reacts to Trump’s interpretation of 2008 immigration policy

Vietnamese immigrants who came to the United States before 1995 have been protected from deportation under a 2008 policy. Under President Trump’s interpretation, those protections will not be recognized.