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Congress meets to try to end government shutdown as immigration remains a focus

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill Saturday morning after a dramatic showdown led to a federal government shutdown shortly after midnight on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It is the first time in recent history when government operations shut down while Republicans control both the White House and Congress. The House and Senate are to …

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As government shutdown begins, so does finger-pointing

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The federal government officially shut down Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president. Congress is to reconvene to try again to broker an agreement to fund the government. But as soon as it became clear Friday night that no deal would be reached before midnight, finger-pointing began. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters …

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Government shutdown begins

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The federal government has officially shut down on the one-year anniversary that Donald Trump was sworn in as president. Senators remained huddled on the chamber floor trying to broker a short-term plan to continue government funding into next week, but no deal appeared imminent. The White House placed the blame squarely with Democrats. “Senate Democrats own the …

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As shutdown looms, hundreds of key agency posts are still vacant under Trump

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — As a candidate, Donald Trump would often pitch himself to voters by citing his experience managing a vast business empire — saying he hires only “the best people.” But nearly a year into his presidency, and as a potential government shutdown looms, hundreds of key posts in his administration remain vacant — raising questions about whether essential government …

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Here’s how a government shutdown could affect you

Willard/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — If the government shuts down at 12:01AM EST on January 20th – exactly one year since President Donald Trump’s inauguration – it will be the first time the government has ever shut down under unified Republican control of government. Here’s a guide to how various branches and agencies of the federal government plan to respond. Some history There …

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DOJ files intent to retry corruption case against NJ Senator Bob Menendez

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) — The Department of Justice on Friday filed a motion of intent to retry the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., after the first trial ended in a hung jury last November. According to documents filed with the district court in New Jersey, the Justice Department is seeking the “earliest possible date” for a …

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Trump shares support for ‘March for Life’ attendees in speech from afar

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump expressed his support for the pro-life “March for Life” in a speech from the White House Friday, applauding what he called an “incredible movement” and thanking those in attendance for embodying the theme of the march: “Love saves lives.” The president, who delivered his address from the Rose Garden as rallygoers at the March for …

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Americans more likely to blame Trump, Republicans if government shuts down: Poll

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds substantially greater Republican risk in a government shutdown, with Americans by a 20-point margin saying they’re more likely to blame Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress than the congressional Democrats if one occurs. Forty-eight percent in the national survey say they’d blame Trump and the GOP, vs. 28 percent who’d …

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Trump ends first year without hosting any State Dinners

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Pageantry and politics mix at the White House at those most festive of evenings when the president rolls out the red carpet to host a foreign head of state at the presidential mansion for an official state dinner. But in a break with precedent, the Trump White House has yet to use the power of the Oval Office …

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