Government and politics

Park Ranger Amy Fink carries cones to use in the Bear Lake trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Estes Park, Colo. Despite a government shutdown, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Yosemite National Park in California were open, but few Park Service staff were available to help visitors. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 20, 2018 - 7:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure, Republicans and Democrats are battling over spending and immigration. But they're also battling over blame. On Day One of a government shutdown, both parties on Saturday launched a frantic messaging campaign aimed at mitigating the political blowback. The side that gets...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to his office after speaking on the senate floor Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 20, 2018 - 7:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A Senate showdown vote on a Republican plan for ending the federal shutdown is on track to occur by early Monday. Democrats say they have the votes to block it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a...
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James Kristy and Ginger Lee of Palm Beach County, Fla., walk the boardwalk at Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs on Saturday, Jan 20 2017 Visitors can still ride snowmobiles and snow coaches into Yellowstone National Park to gaze at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
January 20, 2018 - 7:34 pm
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Visitors could still ride snowmobiles and ski into Yellowstone National Park Saturday to marvel at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown. But across the country in New York, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration —...
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Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney speaks with reporters at the White House, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 20, 2018 - 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7 p.m. Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent the day dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration. The two sides show few signs of progress on...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2013 file photo, Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Speaker Paul Ryan ordered an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, after the New York Times reported that Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
January 20, 2018 - 7:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday after the New York Times reported that U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures...
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FILE- In this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, file photo, from left, Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring former Senator Bob Dole on Capitol Hill in Washington. The funding feud, which led to a government shutdown at midnight Friday, Jan. 19, is the second time Trump has dived into a negotiation and come up short on a top priority. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 20, 2018 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. The failure to find consensus on immigration and spending...
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A United States Park Police officer post a sign informing of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closing at an entrance to the ferry, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. The National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be closed Saturday "due to a lapse in appropriations." Late Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
January 20, 2018 - 6:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island turned away visitors in...
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Protesters hold Romanian flags to welcome protesters arriving from the western town of Timisoara, at the Gara de Nord, the main railway station in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Romanians, many traveling from across the country, joined a protest in the Romanian capital against high level corruption and planned modifications to the legal system they say will hamper prosecutions. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
January 20, 2018 - 6:23 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Romanians on Saturday protested against legislation passed by Parliament which critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption. Protesters briefly scuffled with riot police as they massed in Bucharest's University Square...
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January 20, 2018 - 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — White House legislative director Marc Short; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Short; Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Durbin. ___ CBS' "Face...
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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens listens to a question during an interview in his office at the Missouri Capitol Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens discussed having an extramarital affair in 2015 before taking office. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
January 20, 2018 - 5:27 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser...
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