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Politics Jan 30WATCH: Congressional committee meets on border security deal for first time
Democrats offered to boost border security spending and leaders of both sides flashed signs of flexibility as congressional talks began Wednesday aimed at resolving the standoff with President Donald Trump that sparked the just-ended 35-day partial government shutdown.
Politics Jan 30Trump says ‘wall’ must be part of lawmakers’ border deal
Capitol Hill negotiators are hopeful of an agreement as they officially kick off talks on a homeland security spending bill stalled over funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.
Politics Jan 29Border deal doesn’t need word ‘wall,’ House GOP leader McCarthy says
The remark by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., came a day before Republican and Democratic congressional bargainers begin meetings aimed at striking a deal on a border security package.
Politics Jan 27Analysis: Give 1st round to Pelosi in shutdown skirmish
She had kept Democrats united as public pressure built to end the standoff. And she stood up to Trump repeatedly, challenging his intelligence (“Let’s give him to time to think it — oh, think, did I say think?”) and even…
Politics Jan 25WATCH: Trump, Congress leaders reach shutdown deal
President Donald Trump is expected to make the announcement from the White House Rose Garden, days before he had been scheduled to offer the Jan. 29 State of the Union address to Congress.
Politics Jan 24WATCH: Senate rejects competing bills to end shutdown
A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, leaving President Donald Trump and Congress with no obvious formula for halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage…
Politics Jan 24Votes on competing Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail
The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes.
Politics Jan 23House Democrats float new shutdown offer with more ’21st century’ border security
The offer is a possible path toward a compromise even though it does not have the money the president wants for building the wall between the U.S and Mexico.
Politics Jan 11How the government shutdown might end
Somehow, the deadlock between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that's shuttered federal agencies for a record-tying 21 days will end. The only real questions are when, how and who will be crowned the winner in public opinion polls and…
Politics Dec 19WATCH: In farewell, Ryan says ‘our problems are solvable if our politics will allow it’
Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday bemoaned America's "broken politics" in a farewell speech in which he called Washington's failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs "our greatest unfinished business."…