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Politics Jan 02Departure of Trump’s GOP critics in Senate leaves a void
President Donald Trump's most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are close to completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who — if anyone — will take their place as willing to publicly criticize a president who remains popular…
Nation Dec 30Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops
The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Sunday that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there would reduce the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war.
Politics Dec 23Day two of partial government shutdown: Mulvaney says ‘very possible’ shutdown stretches into 2019
On the second day of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is again turning to Twitter to try to make his case for a border wall with Mexico — the sticking point in the budget impasse with Congress.
Nation Dec 22Shutdown expected to drag into Christmas as talks continue
Trump is demanding $5 billion, but congressional Democrats are refusing to accede in a stalemate that provides a chaotic coda for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling government.
Politics Dec 21WATCH: Trump signs criminal justice reform bill
President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill at 11 a.m. ET today. Watch his remarks here.
Politics Dec 19Trump says he’s eager to sign sweeping criminal justice bill
The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.
Politics Dec 11Facing pressure, Mitch McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote
Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's sentencing laws.
Politics Nov 29GOP Sen. Scott’s opposition will likely sink Trump judicial nominee
Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina announced Thursday that he would not vote for Thomas Farr, joining Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and 49 Democratic lawmakers in opposing him to fill the nation's longest court vacancy.
Politics Nov 26Senate GOP take up judicial nominee some lawmakers call ‘the worst’
Senate Republicans are working to soon fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy with a North Carolina lawyer whose nomination has raised objections from black lawmakers and civil rights groups concerned about his work defending state laws found to have discriminated…
Politics Nov 21Democrat who opposed Pelosi now says he’ll back her for House speaker
Rep. Brian Higgins of western New York announced Wednesday he will now support Pelosi after earlier signing on to a letter opposing her bid.