Mark Meadows, Trump whisperer

Mark Meadows, Trump whisperer

Rep. Mark Meadows, a three-term North Carolina congressman little known outside the Beltway, has earned an outsize influence on shaping the direction of the Trump administration. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Congress The conservative lawmaker talks to Trump more than the president does with many senior aides, sometimes spending an hour-plus on the phone or speaking…
‘Only with Nancy’: How Schumer and Pelosi stuck together on the shutdown

‘Only with Nancy’: How Schumer and Pelosi stuck together on the shutdown

The White House's legislative agenda now is at the mercy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — as long as they remain united. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A few weeks before Washington staggered into what would become the longest shutdown in U.S. history, Chuck Schumer received a request from Donald…
Trump to propose immigration deal to end shutdown

Trump to propose immigration deal to end shutdown

President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Saturday. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo Government Shutdown The president’s latest proposal marked an attempt to end the 29-day shutdown, but he was swiftly rebuffed by Democrats who called it more of the same. By ELIANA JOHNSON…
Immigration hardliners blast Trump’s shutdown deal offer

Immigration hardliners blast Trump’s shutdown deal offer

"So if we grant citizenship to a BILLION foreigners, maybe we can finally get a full border wall,” tweeted conservative media commentator Ann Coulter. | Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon Immigration hardliners on Saturday afternoon blasted President Donald Trump's proposed deal to end the government shutdown, attacking his offer of temporary protection for some undocumented…
MLK Day to the Super Bowl: Five events that could pressure Congress, Trump over shutdown

MLK Day to the Super Bowl: Five events that could pressure Congress, Trump over...

There has been no progress in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over funding government agencies and ending the partial shutdown despite heightened tensions. | M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico Government Shutdown Despite heightened tensions, there has been no progress in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over funding government agencies. By REBECCA MORIN 01/19/2019 06:45 AM EST Both…
Shutdown squeezes every part of air travel

Shutdown squeezes every part of air travel

Transportation Trades Department's Larry Willis said politicians in Washington are the ones who need to find a way out of the crisis. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The government shutdown is fraying U.S. air travel in ways big and small, not just spawning long security lines at some airports but canceling some pilot training, delaying purchases…
Beto O’Rourke’s road trip drives home his message

Beto O’Rourke’s road trip drives home his message

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, seen here on Election Day 2018, tells his friends and people he meets on the road that he has not made up his mind on running for president. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 2020 Elections His musings might be mocked but he’s generating a torrent of media coverage. By DAVID SIDERS 01/19/2019…
Inside Trump’s immigration play

Inside Trump’s immigration play

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House on Saturday. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo THE PRESIDENT will make a “major announcement,” in his words, at 3 p.m. today from the Diplomatic Reception Room. The speech is being closely held at the White House. But here are some broad strokes we’ve picked…
The red state that loves free college

The red state that loves free college

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. – Politically and culturally, the capital of Moore County is about as red-state America as you can get. Its rolling green hills are dotted with farmhouses, old barns and beaten-up trucks; the tiny town square features two barbecue joints and a “Dixie Outfitters” shop hawking Confederate memorabilia. Donald Trump drew 80 percent of…
White House pushes long odds strategy for wall

White House pushes long odds strategy for wall

Vice President Mike Pence and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner met Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss border wall legislation. | Alex Wong/Getty Images The White House has a new, long-shot idea for getting President Donald Trump’s border wall: persuading the Senate to take up the president’s wall request to force a deal…

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