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Trump summons Schumer in attempt to stave off shutdown

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:42

President Trump is getting personally engaged in the talks to end a government shutdown with a meeting planned with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer for the early afternoon.

Both Republicans and Democrats have been pushing Mr. Trump to become more active in letting them know his specific demands for ...

Thousands in Washington await Trump address to anti-abortion rally

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump will become the third sitting U.S. president to address anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, highlighting his shift in recent years from a supporter of women's access to abortion to a powerful opponent.

State settles FOIA lawsuit with ex-treasurer

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:37

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has agreed to pay its former treasurer $22,500 in taxpayer money to drop a public records lawsuit over former Gov. Jack Markell's correspondence.

The News-Journal reports the settlement was reached with ex-treasurer Chip Flowers after Thanksgiving and confirmed by Flowers and state officials this week.

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New York National Guard Soldiers to Compete at 2018 Winter Olympics

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:36
Four New York National Guard soldiers who are part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

California's bullet train (and biggest boondoggle) is over budget by billions

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:34
It’s billions of dollars over budget and seven years behind schedule, and appears to have no plausible way of living up to its goal of getting riders across the state in three hours or less.

California's bullet train - and biggest boondoggle - overbudget by billions

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:34
It’s billions of dollars over budget, seven years behind schedule and has no plausible way of living up to its goal of getting riders across the state in three hours or less.

Pennsylvania special House election pits Conor Lamb against Rick Saccone

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:30
The first special election of 2018 features Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb battling for a Pennsylvania congressional seat.

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. 2018-01-19T07:21:00-05:00 2018-01-19T12:21:50-05:00

He said-he said: 10 times that Trump has contradicted Trump

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a he said-he said thing. 2018-01-19T07:11:00-05:00 2018-01-19T12:11:51-05:00

The Latest: House votes to remain in session, for now

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 2018-01-19T07:23:00-05:00 2018-01-19T12:23:59-05:00

Shutdown threat scuttling lawmaker travel plans as House members told to stay in DC

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:25
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 previously scheduled.

Clock running out as Senate tries to avert government shutdown

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:22
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. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:19
(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

US weighs designating embassy in Jerusalem as early as 2019

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering a plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as early as next year, rather than waiting for several years. 2018-01-19T07:01:00-05:00 2018-01-19T12:01:37-05:00

'Hillbilly Elegy' author will not run for Senate

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:11
Despite a conversation with the top Senate Republican, "Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance will not run for Senate in Ohio, he announced Friday.

More blame Republicans than Democrats for potential government shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:09
Independents say Trump and Republicans are more responsible for situation

Trump seems to think that sharks are ocean terrorists

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:09
Trump's desire to eradicate “terrifying” sharks seems familiar.

HHS announces pro-life moves amid March for Life

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:06

The Trump administration on Friday rescinded an Obama-era crackdown on states that tried to defund Planned Parenthood and said it will require health care providers to follow conscience-protection laws as a condition of federal funding.

The Obama administration had warned states in 2016 not to carve Planned Parenthood or similar ...

Trump to tout year of anti-abortion policies in Rose Garden speech

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:05
President Donald Trump will tout his administration's anti-abortion record on Friday when he becomes the first sitting president to speak via video feed to the March for Life gathering in Washington.

Dem, GOP leaders already blame each other as shutdown looms

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend 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. 2018-01-19T06:48:00-05:00 2018-01-19T11:48:23-05:00

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