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WASHINGTON | Hill leaders, Trump to meet on border in WH Situation Room

WASHINGTON  —Jan 02, 2019— Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, “Let’s make a deal?” The partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. Funding for Trump’s pet project, a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Hill leaders, Trump to meet on border in WH Situation Room

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local): 4:35 p.m. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal. Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump insisted during an Oval Office meeting that Mexico will pay for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

WASHINGTON  | Some US troops to leave border this week; about 3K to remain

WASHINGTON  — U.S. officials say active duty troops will begin leaving the southern U.S border this week and the number of forces there will go down to at least 3,000 by the holidays. There have been roughly 5,400 active duty troops along the border in recent weeks installing wire barriers and protecting border patrol agents … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Some US troops to leave border this week; about 3K to remain

WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr may get old job again

WASHINGTON— William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, two people familiar with the president’s selection process said Thursday. The appointment of a new attorney general would come at a precarious time as special counsel Robert Mueller’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr may get old job again

WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. The officials were not authorized to speak … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON | The Latest: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 7:10 p.m. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi — a claim the Saudi government has denied. That’s according to a U.S. official familiar with the conclusion, who … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON | AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

WASHINGTON — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation to protect Mueller’s job. The senators … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

WASHINGTON | Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is planning to support the first major rewrite of the nation’s criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation. That’s according to a senior White House official familiar with the president’s plans who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Lawmakers reached agreement this week on legislation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON | AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

WASHINGTON | AP sources: Trump mulling a wide-ranging shakeup

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP sources: Trump mulling a wide-ranging shakeup

WASHINGTON | Trump eyeing staffing shakeup in Cabinet and at White House

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump eyeing staffing shakeup in Cabinet and at White House

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: White House has debated birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s effort to end birthright citizenship (all times local): 9:35 a.m. A person familiar with internal White House debate says the topic of birthright citizenship has come up various times over at least the last year. President Donald Trump tells “Axios on HBO” he wants to end birthright … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: White House has debated birthright citizenship

PITTSBURGH | The Latest: AP sources: At least 10 killed in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH  — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue (all times local): 3 p.m. People with knowledge of the investigation are telling The Associated Press that at least 10 people have died in the shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue. Authorities say the gunman opened fire during a baby naming ceremony Saturday morning at the … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | The Latest: AP sources: At least 10 killed in Pittsburgh

WASHINGTON | Environmental group condemns GOP panel’s foreign agent probe

WASHINGTON — An environmental group has denounced a House oversight committee for suggesting the organization’s efforts to block construction of a U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa may require it to register as foreign agent. In a bluntly worded letter delivered earlier this week, the Center for Biological Diversity accused the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Environmental group condemns GOP panel’s foreign agent probe

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has summoned the Saudi ambassador in Ankara to request Riyadh’s “full cooperation” in an investigation over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The 59-year-old Khashoggi went missing last Tuesday while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. A Turkish official said the Saudi ambassador met with Deputy … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist

TORONTO | Canada-US reach free trade deal with Mexico

TORONTO — Canada and the United States reached a deal Sunday night for Canada to stay in a free trade pact with the U.S. and Mexico. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the deal in a joint statement late Sunday. They say the newly named the United States-Mexico-Canada … Continue reading TORONTO | Canada-US reach free trade deal with Mexico

WASHINGTON  | Talks continue on Kavanaugh accuser’s Thursday hearing

WASHINGTON  — Talks are set to continue on tentative agreement for a Thursday hearing for Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her decades ago. Lawyers for Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement after … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Talks continue on Kavanaugh accuser’s Thursday hearing