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As clock ticks, Senate scrambles to avert government shutdown

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse.

U.S. military puts 'great power competition' at heart of strategy: Mattis

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants.

US agency details doctor protections ahead of March for Life

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — With abortion opponents marching in the streets of the capital, President Donald Trump's administration on Friday announced actions in line with long-standing demands from social and religious conservatives. 2018-01-19T07:35:00-05:00 2018-01-19T12:35:29-05:00

Trump bends, but doesn't break, ways of Washington in year 1

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has frequently bent Washington to his will, shattering long-standing norms, plunging politics to a new level of corrosiveness and wielding his executive power to start rolling back his predecessor's policies on the environment, education and America's role around the world. 2018-01-19T08:10:00-05:00 2018-01-19T13:10:04-05:00

CoreCivic discusses proposed ICE facility in Indiana

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:19

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - A prison management company met with county business leaders and media outlets in northern Indiana to discuss a proposed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.

Details of the proposed $100 million ICE facility were disclosed Wednesday by six representatives from CoreCivic, a private prison company previously ...

Cuomo 'revenue raisers' (also known as taxes) raise GOP ire

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls them "revenue actions" and "revenue raisers."

Also known as taxes and fees, the approximately $1 billion in boosters included in the Democratic governor's state budget proposal certainly raise something else: the ire of Republicans in the Legislature who say New Yorkers are ...

Trump asks for Supreme Court review of immigration policy

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:13

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a judge's ruling blocking the administration's decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

In a court filing late Thursday, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice say the judge's ruling requires ...

Trump, Schumer meeting hours ahead of shutdown deadline

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:12
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.

President Trump's full remarks to antiabortion activists

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:12
Watch President Trump's full remarks to antiabortion activists in D.C. on Jan. 19.

Trump, Schumer to meet as Dems, GOP trade pre-shutdown blame

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Washington hurtled toward a government shutdown Friday in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. 2018-01-19T07:55:00-05:00 2018-01-19T12:55:02-05:00

What won't get done during a government shutdown

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Although the government won't actually close if Congress fails to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, there's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington agrees on a plan. 2018-01-19T08:01:00-05:00 2018-01-19T13:01:13-05:00

Senate leader wants to expand lobbying law to contracting

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:03

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate's top Republican leader says she will push to expand the state's lobbying laws so that they covers attempts to influence who receives state contracts.

Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita said Friday that she plans to introduce a bill to require people who ...

Trump pledges to defend 'the right to life'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:00
President Trump said on Jan. 19 that his administration "will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life."

‘Carl, you’re racist’: Trump appointee resigns after disparaging remarks

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:00
Carl Higbie resigned on Jan. 18, following remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants.

Poll: Nearly half of adults say Republicans more to blame if the government shuts down

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:56

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll out Friday shows Republicans face more political liability if a shutdown occurs than Democrats do.

When asked who they'd blame if the government shuts down 48 percent of those polled say they'd accuse Republicans, while 28 say they'd point to Democrats. Another 18 ...

Trump bends, but doesn't break, ways of Washington in year 1

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has frequently bent Washington to his will. 2018-01-19T07:48:00-05:00 2018-01-19T12:48:10-05:00

Republican leaders pressure members against Durbin-Graham DACA bill

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:51
Republican Senate leadership is waging a quiet, behind-the-scenes pressure campaign to encourage GOP members to not sign onto a bipartisan immigration deal.

Trump touts administration's anti-abortion actions

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:50
At a speech broadcast to an anti-abortion rally in D.C. on Jan. 19, President Trump highlighted his administration's actions to try to restrict abortions.

Trump addresses March for Life 'movement of love' in Washington

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:50

President Trump became the first sitting president Friday to address the annual March for Life live via satellite, telling tens of thousands of marchers in Washington, "we are with you all the way."

"Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reached their full God-given potential," ...

Newly released Clinton emails include classified messages, show knowledge of security problems: watchdog

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:43
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released 78 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails –three of which contained classified information, and others detail that the former secretary of state had knowledge of potential security issues with her private email server.

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