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Chief of staff Kelly: Trump backed away from wall months ago

President Donald Trump long ago backed away from his campaign pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, his outgoing chief of staff said, as the president’s demand for …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

Three days, maybe four. That’s how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he’s struggling.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. troop withdrawal following surprise Trump visit

President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians …

Defying pundits, GOP share of Latino vote steady under Trump

Though Latino voters are a key part of the Democratic coalition, there is a larger bloc of reliable Republican Latinos than many think.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Trump signals no end to shutdown: ‘You have to have a wall’

A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money …

No end in sight to partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON – Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started. Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed …

Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ government will reopen

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. …

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 …

Trump assails Fed as the ‘only problem our economy has’

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Federal Reserve on Monday after administration officials spent the weekend trying to assure the public and financial markets that Jerome Powell’s job as …

‘Fix-it’ man Shanahan working to streamline defense spending

The sooner-than-expected departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shifts the focus to President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting Pentagon chief and plans for a permanent replacement.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

After criticism, Trump pushes out Mattis sooner than planned

Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

Partial government shutdown compounds risks for U.S. economy

Now in its 10th year, America’s economic expansion still looks sturdy. Yet the partial shutdown of the government that began Saturday has added another threat to a growing list of …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Syria sends reinforcements east after Trump’s pullout plan

Syrian troops have sent reinforcements to the eastern province of Deir el-Zour close to an enclave controlled by the Islamic State group and along the front with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters, …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

U.S. envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move

Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Partial government shutdown likely to extend past Christmas

Congress gaveled open for a rare Saturday session days before Christmas as America’s elected leaders partially shut down the government, unable to find a compromise over money for President Donald …

A blow to morale: Afghan generals worry about U.S. withdrawal

The Taliban welcomed the news of the U.S. plan to withdraw half its troops in Afghanistan by the summer, while Afghan generals warned Friday it would be a blow to …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to enforce asylum ban

A divided Supreme Court won’t let the Trump administration begin enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump says a shutdown could ‘last for a very long time’

Facing a midnight deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump said Friday a closure could drag on “for a very long time” and he tried to lay …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Delegates quiet as shutdown takes effect

As midnight came and went on the East Coast Friday, bringing with it the third government shutdown of the year, Spokane’s federal delegations stayed largely quiet.

U.S. miscalculated benefit of better train brakes, the Associated Press reports

President Donald Trump’s administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, the Associated Press …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

Mattis leaving as Pentagon chief after clashes with Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis abruptly said he was resigning Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump overruled his advice against pulling troops out of Syria and pressed forward on discussions …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Trump’s VA vowed to stop veteran suicide. Its leaders failed to spend millions set aside to reach those at risk.

The Trump administration said from its first days that preventing suicide was its top clinical priority for veterans. The performance of its national outreach campaign shows otherwise, though, because of …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Trump pulling all U.S. troops from Syria, declaring IS defeat

President Donald Trump says U.S. troops do not need to remain in Syria.

Leaders start shutdown talks after Trump eases wall threat

The Senate’s top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating Tuesday after the White House indicated President Donald Trump does not want a federal government shutdown over his demand for $5 …

Trump Foundation reaches deal to dissolve amid lawsuit

President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation reached a deal Tuesday to dissolve while Trump fights allegations he misused assets for business and political purposes.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 5:09 p.m.

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

The Trump administration Tuesday banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and were used during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed to allow for cooperation

A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 1:58 p.m.

Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown

The standoff over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.

Trump says he’ll review murder case against ex-Army commando

President Donald Trump said Sunday’s that he will be “reviewing” the case of a former U.S. Army commando being charged with murder, raising questions about the possibility he could jeopardize …