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Breaking News I Trump orders boycott of White House Correspondents' Dinner

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2 minutes Drew Angerer/Getty Images The White House on Tuesday ordered administration officials to boycott the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual fundraising gala attended by the White House press corps and scheduled for this Saturday. The message was conveyed to agency chiefs of staff on Tuesday morning by White House Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley, who indicated that the order was coming from the president himself. Trump has already announced he will be holding a political rally in Green Bay, Wisc., Saturday night, calling the dinner

Trump says he won't nominate Herman Cain for Fed seat

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By POLITICO STAFF 1-2 minutes Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo President Donald Trump said Monday that he would not nominate Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve after the former GOP presidential candidate asked him not to. Senate Republicans had warned the White House against naming the businessman and 2012 presidential hopeful to serve on the body's board of governors. Story Continued Below "My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board," Trump tweeted. "I will respect his wishes. Herman

Trump will sign spending bill and declare national emergency

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By SARAH FERRIS and JOHN BRESNAHAN 6-8 minutes Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images national emergency The move will avert a government shutdown Friday, while immediately fueling a fierce battle in the courts. Update, 4:27 p.m.: The Senate passed a bipartisan spending measure to avert another government shutdown on an 83-16 vote. The Senate took action after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that President Donald Trump would sign the bill and also declare a national emergency to fund his border wall. Story Continued Below The House is expected to vote on the measure later tonight. Original story: President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund

McConnell says Trump will sign spending bill and declare national emergency

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By SARAH FERRIS and JOHN BRESNAHAN 6-7 minutes Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images Congress It's still unknown whether Trump will sign the bill. Update, 3:16 p.m.: President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund his border wall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday. The move will avert a government shutdown Friday while immediately fueling a fierce battle in the courts. Story Continued Below "He is prepared to sign the bill," McConnell said. "He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time." Original story: Congress faces a critical test Thursday as both chambers will vote on a g

Cory Booker launches bid for president

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By Nancy Scola 5-7 minutes Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will seek to set himself apart in a crowded field focusing on a message on love and unity, one that urges America to swing back from a bitter, divisive era under President Donald Trump. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images 2020 Elections The New Jersey senator is running on a message of unity, love and bipartisan cooperation. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced Friday he’s running for president, becoming the second African-American and fourth senator to join the burgeoning Democratic field. Booker — a Yale Law School graduate and Rhodes scholar who became nationally known as the hands-on mayor of Newark, New Jersey — has made no secret of his White House ambitions. The

Politico I Breaking News: Trump strikes back at Pelosi

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politico.com By Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and David A. Chang 6-7 minutes So far, President Donald Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet in response to Nancy Pelosi's letter. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Government Shutdown The president is so far staying uncharacteristically silent after Pelosi's State of the Union power play. Updated, 2:20 p.m.: President Donald Trump hit back at Speaker Nancy Pelosi a day after she asked to reschedule his State of the Union address, saying a trip she planned to make to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed. "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over," he said in a letter to Pelosi. Story Continued Below

House condemns Steve King over racist remarks

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By Michael Grunwald 6-7 minutes House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, is pushing a resolution of disapproval against King that includes a broader denunciation of white supremacist and white nationalist movements. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images UPDATE 3:32 p.m.: The House voted overwhelmingly to rebuke GOP Rep. Steve King for making racist comments in a recent interview. Story Continued Below The rare resolution of disapproval, which included a broad denunciation of white supremacist and white nationalist movements, was passed on a 424-1 vote. But some House Democrats argue the move doesn't go far enough and are pushing censure motions against the Iowa Republican. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: House Democrats are preparing to formally rebuk

Supreme Court declines to intervene in mysterious Mueller subpoena fight

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By Derek Robertson 2 minutes An unknown firm had asked the high court to block a federal judge’s contempt order and financial penalties for refusing to comply with a subpoena. | Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to intervene in a mysterious subpoena fight apparently involving a foreign-government-owned company and special counsel Robert Mueller. The unknown firm had asked the high court to block a federal judge’s contempt order and financial penalties for refusing to comply with the subpoena, arguing that the company is immune from U.S. grand jury subpoenas. The company also insisted that complying with the subpoena would violate the law in the firm’s home country. Source: Politico

Congress averts shutdown, postponing fight over Trump’s wall

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By Jack Shafer President Donald Trump’s request for $5 billion worth of border wall funding stands at the center of the funding dispute that he'll discuss with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci White House The parties are deadlocked over whether to fund the border wall. Congress steered clear of a shutdown Thursday, but the parties are no closer to resolving the battle over President Donald Trump's wall as Democratic leaders prepare to meet with Trump next week. Democrats are urging Republicans to sidestep a Christmastime fight over Trump's wall and simply extend current border security funding — a proposal the GOP is already panning. Story Continued Belo

Kavanaugh confirmation hits major snag after Flake seeks FBI probe: Magazine I Politico

politico.com By POLITICO Magazine UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: The Senate on Saturday will vote on a motion to proceed with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn. Story Continued Below There will also be a “supplemental” FBI background investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh, Cornyn said. The probe will last a week, he said. Cornyn’s announcement indicates GOP leaders are assenting to a call from Sen. Jeff Flake and others to hold an FBI inquiry before a final vote — but keeps the nomination on track to proceed pending the outcome of that investigation. "The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today,” the Judiciary Committee said. ORIGINAL STORY: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Friday brought Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court no

Trump announces U.S., Mexico breakthrough on NAFTA I Politico

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politico.com By Sasha Issenberg U.S. trade negotiators briefed congressional staff Monday on the details of the agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. | Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images Update 11:41 a.m. President Donald Trump announced Monday a breakthrough between the U.S. and Mexico in NAFTA talks, a step that clears the way for Canada to rejoin negotiations to revamp the free trade pact. Story Continued Below "It’s a big day for trade. It’s a big day for our country," Trump told reporters in brief remarks from the Oval Office. T

Manafort trial day 5: Rick Gates to take the stand I Politico

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politico.com Manafort trial day 5: Rick Gates to take the stand By JOSH GERSTEIN and DARREN SAMUELSOHN manafort trial Gates is considered the star witness for the prosecution against Manafort. Rick Gates' central roles as an aide to Paul Manafort and in the Trump campaign and transition have made him a pivotal witness in the special counsel's ongoing probe – and Manafort’s trial. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Republicans soften ZTE ban in concession to Trump I Politico

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politico.com Republicans soften ZTE ban in concession to Trump By Garrett M. Graff Lawmakers reconciling House and Senate versions of a must-pass defense bill chose to go with the House approach of excluding ZTE from U.S. government contracts but leaving it free to do business with private companies. | Ng han Guan/AP Photo Republicans have agreed to water down legislation designed to punish Chinese telecom company ZTE, delivering a victory to President Donald Trump, ac

Pruitt resigns as EPA chief I POLITICO

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politico.com Pruitt resigns as EPA chief By Rob Goodman The resignation of EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, once regarded as one of the most effective Cabinet members in advancing Trump’s policies, came after months of damaging revelations about his practices. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo President Donald Trump said he accepted the resignation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt following months of an unceasing cascade of scandals involving his travels, secrecy, spen

Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms | Politico.

politico.com Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms By NANCY COOK Top aides to President Donald Trump are planning additional crackdowns on immigration before the November midterms, despite a growing backlash over the administration’s move to separate migrant children from parents at the border. Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the Justice Department, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to use executive authority and under-the-radar rule changes to strengthen hard-line U.S. immigration policies, according to interviews with half a dozen current and former administration officials and Republicans close to the White House. Story Continued Below The goal for Miller and his team is to arm Tru

New York AG sues Trump, children and charitable foundation | Politico

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politico.com New York AG sues Trump, children and charitable foundation By Bryan Bender 4-5 minutes New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and three of his adult children alleging a pattern of illegal conduct over a decade related to his personal charity, | Hans Pennink/AP Photo Trump and his foundation pan the lawsuit as a blatant political move.

Judge clears AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump | Politico updated 06/12/2018

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politico.com Judge clears AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump By Gordon F. Sander President Donald Trump pledged to stop the merger during the 2016 presidential campaign. | Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images District Judge Richard Leon rejected the government’s position that allowing the two companies to combine could lead to higher television bills. A federal judge approved the $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, delivering a major blow to the Justice Department's effort to block the mega-deal opposed by President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon rejected the government's position that allowing the two companies to combine could lead to higher television bills for consumers and stifle media competitor