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Extra shirts hang inside of a senator's vehicle as the Capitol dome is reflected on Capitol Hill as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 19, 2018 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A standoff between Democrats and Republicans has the federal government on the brink of shutting down. Here's a look at what the dispute is about and what will happen if it isn't resolved by midnight Friday. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT? Since the end of the fiscal year...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks during a news conference in Union Beach, N.J. In a Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, court filing, the government has told a federal judge in New Jersey it will seek a retrial of Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury on Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
January 19, 2018 - 4:45 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. Federal prosecutors told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November...
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President Donald Trump speaks to participants of the annual March for Life event, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
January 19, 2018 - 2:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way." In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he's...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2017, file photo, workers are shown at San Jacinto River Waste Pits near the Interstate 10 bridge over the river in Channelview, Texas. The Environmental Protection Agency says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency's program for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites by climate change. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
January 19, 2018 - 12:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, accompanied by his Press Secretary AshLee Strong, right, walks to the Capitol Building from the Capitol Visitor's Center, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 18, 2018 - 11:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline — setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to kill the measure. The partisan roadblock in the GOP-controlled Senate...
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President Donald Trump is greeted by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, as he arrive at the Pentagon, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Vice President Mike Pence, is second from left, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, is right, (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 18, 2018 - 9:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats would support a "very short-term" government-wide funding bill to avert a shutdown. The New York Democrat says his party would accept a stopgap...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2017, file photo, workers are shown at San Jacinto River Waste Pits near the Interstate 10 bridge over the river in Channelview, Texas. The Environmental Protection Agency says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency's program for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites by climate change. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
January 18, 2018 - 7:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate...
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President Donald Trump speaks at H&K Equipment Company on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 18, 2018 - 5:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon. Although he was meeting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior Pentagon officials to get briefed on two key...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, A U.S. Park Police officer watches at left as a National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The world won't end if a dysfunctional Washington can't find a way to pass a funding bill before this weekend. That’s the truth about a government "shutdown." The government doesn't shut down. It’s a crummy way to run a government, sure, but Social Security checks will still go out. Troops will remain at their posts. Doctors and hospitals will get their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. In fact, virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, will remain open. Transportation Security Administration officers will continue to man airport checkpoints.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
January 18, 2018 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world won't end if a dysfunctional Washington can't find a way to pass a funding bill before this weekend. That's the truth about a government "shutdown": The government doesn't shut down. It's a crummy way to run a government, sure, but Social Security checks will still go...
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In this Oct. 4, 2017 photo, Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. with Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, right, speak during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, urging Republicans to abandon cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. More than two dozen Senate Democrats are questioning the legality of the Trump administration's new policy that allows states to require low-income adults to work in order to get Medicaid coverage. In a letter to the administration, the lawmakers say work requirements are out of line with the plain meaning of the Medicaid law, as well as with congressional intent. Expect opponents of the plan to make that argument in a lawsuit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
January 18, 2018 - 2:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new policy allowing state work requirements for Medicaid recipients is legally questionable, more than two dozen Democratic senators said Thursday, framing an argument likely to be aired in court. The senators' letter to acting health secretary Eric...
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