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Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met - who would do that?...

Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency
With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office....

Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown
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....

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House and lawmakers haggled Thursday over what former chief strategist Steve Bannon and other top aides to President Donald Trump can tell Congress as it investigates possible connections with Russia....

Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart....

Transcript: Trump dossier focused on "opaque" business deals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's "opaque" business deals in the former Soviet Union, history of tax disputes and real estate projects abroad were critical areas of research that led to the dossier alleging a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin, according to the transcript of a congressional interview released Thursday....

Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse....

Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights....

The work that won't get done during a government shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of intelligence agency employees would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea's nuclear program remains high. Important biomedical and public health research would be interrupted and possibly damaged. Military veterans would watch helplessly as the processing of their disability claims came to a halt....

Supreme Court delays order for North Carolina to redraw maps
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines....

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