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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposal; Dems dismiss it as ‘non-starter’

In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those …


Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro is now in the 2020 Democratic race for president, and he could end up being the only Latino in what’s expected to be a …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

Democrats won back governor’s offices and legislative chambers in numerous states last year, thanks in large part to their promises to expand health coverage and make it more affordable.


Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices

Challenging President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to cut prescription drug prices, congressional liberals proposed legislation Thursday to bring U.S. prices in line with the much lower …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Democrats push for background checks on all gun sales

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday launched a fresh push for the most significant gun control in years, unveiling legislation that would require background checks for firearm purchases.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 11 a.m.

Trump plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

With no breakthrough in sight to end the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is planning to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday to highlight his demands for a border …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Secret campaign to use Russian-inspired tactics in 2017 Alabama election stirs anxiety for Democrats

A secret effort to influence the 2017 Senate election in Alabama used tactics inspired by Russian disinformation teams, including the creation of fake accounts to deliver misleading messages on Facebook …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 6:23 p.m.

Trump says he needs to deal with Dem leaders to end shutdown

President Donald Trump held out little hope Sunday that another round of talks between top aides and congressional staff would produce meaningful progress toward ending the partial government shutdown, seeming …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Dem-led House moves to join health care law case

The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending former President Barack Obama’s health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional, part of the party’s effort …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 10:44 p.m.

Talks to resume after Trump says shutdown could last ‘years’

White House officials and congressional staffers will continue negotiations Saturday over the government shutdown, even after President Donald Trump declared he could keep it going for “months or even years.”


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government

House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

Short on solutions, long on blame in second shutdown weekend

President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sight

The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes Friday …


Trump tweets he’s alone at White House waiting for Dems deal

President Donald Trump was meeting with his Homeland Security secretary and other officials on Monday to discuss border security issues as a partial government shutdown over his U.S.-Mexico border wall …


Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Pelosi critics

Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more …


Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

Congressional leaders on Wednesday were digging in for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Trump bickers with Dem leaders, threatens gov’t shutdown

Bickering in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide the money he says is needed to build …


Stuart Rothenberg: Where Republicans, Democrats stand heading into 2019

As we enter a two-year presidential cycle, the parties stand at very different places, but the one thing they have in common is voters’ skepticism.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women.


Dem leader: Infrastructure bills must tackle climate change

Democratic leaders in Congress demanded Friday that major legislation on roads, bridges and other infrastructure include efforts to curb global warming, complicating prospects for a deal with President Donald Trump …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Democrats rev up plans for 2020 campaign launches

Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 …


Trump keeps up pressure on Dems over border wall

President Donald Trump kept up pressure Monday on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall, even as lawmakers appeared likely to avert a partial government shutdown this week …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Pelosi nominated by Democrats to be speaker

Nancy Pelosi isn’t speaker of the House just yet, but her path back to the gavel is now firmly in sight.


Pelosi’s opponents counting on chaos to deny her speakership

Those Democrats trying to stop California Rep. Nancy Pelosi from reclaiming the job say they don’t need a rival candidate just yet. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks …


Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast

Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump?


Froma Harrop: Democrats, listen to Bustos and keep Pelosi

No one lasts forever, Nancy Pelosi included. But she is the strongest bridge to a new Democratic leadership representing all corners of America.


In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they’ll back new leadership

Sixteen maverick Democrats have released a letter saying they’ll vote for “new leadership” when the House picks leaders in January. That poses a threat to Nancy Pelosi’s effort to become …


Incoming Democrats weigh Pelosi vote

Pelosi, who was House speaker from 2007 to 2011, faces a challenge in her bid to return in that post, fueled in part by resistance from incoming Democratic freshmen who …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Pelosi claims ‘overwhelming support’ among Dems for speaker

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has “overwhelming support” among fellow Democrats to become the next House speaker, and says: “I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes.”