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The Latest: Flynn sentencing hearing in short recess

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President Donald Trump is wishing ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn "good luck" in court as Flynn awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI. More>>

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Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

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The Trump administration is moving forward to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. More>>

White House pulls back from shutdown threat over wall funds

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Few if any signs of progress emerge as Trump, Democratic lawmakers continue standoff with a partial shutdown looming. More>>

Judge tells Flynn he can't 'hide my disgust' at his crime

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Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors. More>>

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

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AP sources: Trump expected to sign executive order creating a U.S. Space Command. More>>

The Latest: Trump signs order to create US Space Command

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President Donald Trump has launched the Pentagon's new Space Command _ an effort to better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space. More>>

Arizona governor names Martha McSally to McCain Senate seat

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Arizona's governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain. More>>

The Latest: Sanders: White House ready to work with Congress

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the White House is willing to work with Congress to avert a partial government shutdown. More>>

Critics of criminal justice bill make final push for changes

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Critics of a criminal justice bill now before the Senate are making a final push to change the legislation in a way that would likely kill its prospects. More>>

Trump's safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

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President Donald Trump's school safety commission is proposing a rollback of Obama-era guidance that critics say discouraged schools from reporting violent students to police. More>>

US NKorea envoy to visit SKorea amid uncertainty over talks

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The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea is heading to South Korea amid growing uncertainty over the future of direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang. More>>

Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics

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A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday says that "active and ongoing" Russian interference operations still exist. More>>

Democrats fight over who owns data ahead of 2020

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Democrats are trying to settle a bitter dispute over how the party manages and pays for the voter data used in campaigns. More>>

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

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A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. More>>

Comey says House Republicans are 'shameful' after interview

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Former FBI Director James Comey is back for a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 presidential election. More>>

Wisconsin's early voting limit challenged in federal court

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The fight over restricting early voting in Wisconsin returned to federal court Monday, three days after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a new limit passed during a lame-duck legislative session called by Republicans. More>>

Dutch Supreme Court upholds weapon smuggling conviction

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The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the war crimes conviction of a timber dealer who was found guilty of selling arms to former Liberian leader Charles Taylor and of complicity in war crimes committed by Taylor's forces from 2000 to 2003. More>>

Report says Iowa congressman likely violated ethics rules

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An independent review found that Rep. Rod Blum likely violated a host of ethics rules in his private business dealings. More>>

Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional

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A federal court says New York's ban on nunchucks, the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee but prohibited in the state since 1974, is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. More>>

Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas

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Opportunity Zones were supposed to steer investment to overlooked, poverty-stricken areas. So far, investors are seeking to snag the tax breaks in places that already have plenty of investment. More>>

Agriculture Dept. launches 2nd round of payments to farmers

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President Donald Trump has authorized a second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs. More>>

US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise

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A spate of U.S. airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia are the latest in a dramatic uptick in attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump took office. More>>

Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate

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Legislation to ease federal sentencing laws is pitting conservatives against conservatives as President Donald Trump looks to score a major legislative win to wrap up the current Congress. More>>

Congressman to appeal ruling on Maine's new voting system

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A Republican incumbent is dropping his request for a recount after losing the first congressional election in U.S. history held under a system by which voters rank candidates in order of preference. More>>

Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

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Michael Flynn may have given extraordinary cooperation to prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing has brought to the surface raw tensions over an FBI interview in which the former national security adviser lied. More>>

No timeline: O'Rourke not rushing 2020 decision despite buzz

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If the Democratic 2020 presidential field is on pins and needles as Beto O'Rourke decides if he wants to run, it'll just have to keep waiting. More>>

GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown

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Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, White House insists Congress provide $5 billion to build a border wall. More>>

Trump inaugural committee boss: I'm not probe target

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The head of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee says he's been assured he isn't the target of a criminal investigation. More>>

Prominent artist defends colleague's disputed school mural

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A prominent artist will insist that one of his murals be removed from a Los Angeles school if officials follow through on plans to cover up another artist's mural that some activists find offensive. More>>

DOJ files to halt Trump suit demanding financial documents

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The Justice Department is challenging a Maryland federal judge's decision allowing a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to go forward. More>>

GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder

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Republicans who are keen to solidify their position by weakening Democrats must contend with a governor from their own party who has neither embraced nor rejected a Wisconsin-style power play. More>>

Flynn's ex-business associates charged with illegal lobbying

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A one-time business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been arrested and charged with illegally lobbying to have a Turkish exile returned from the U.S. More>>

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate's 'interference' in kingdom

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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate resolution blaming its crown prince for the killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi. More>>

Trump plans to create unified US Space Command

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President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. More>>

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

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President Donald Trump's attorney is categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. More>>

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

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President Donald Trump says that "at the request of many," he'll be "reviewing" the case of a former U.S. Army commando being charged with murder in a case alleging he hunted down and killed a suspected bombmaker in Afghanistan. More>>

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

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Local leaders say plea deal allowing former Baylor student to serve no jail times highlights outsized influence alumni play in shaping local criminal justice system. More>>

Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes

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President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who's facing investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end. More>>

Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

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Warnings about the potential for voter fraud in a rural North Carolina county went unheeded for years before last month's disputed congressional race. More>>

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

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Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing laws protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. More>>

Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

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Lawyers for the family of a 7-year-old girl who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody say she did not suffer from a lack of food or water before being picked up by authorities. More>>

Romania leader asks for govt agenda, fearing graft amnesty

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Romania's president wants the prime minister to send him what's on the government agenda in advance amid concerns government will pass an amnesty for people imprisoned on corruption charges. More>>

Sign-up deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage

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Saturday is the deadline for ACA health law coverage in most of the country. More>>

Trump visits Arlington cemetery for holiday commemoration

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President Donald Trump has made an announced visit to Arlington National Cemetery. More>>

South Africa's former leader joins Twitter amid legal woes

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'You will get used to me:' South Africa's former president, who faces corruption charges, starts tweeting. More>>

Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

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Sri Lanka's president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate. More>>

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

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Science, ethics and politics spark clash at a House hearing on using fetal tissue for critically important medical research. More>>

After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate

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Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina's lawmakers would require new primaries in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations, potentially replacing the Republican nominee at the center of the disputed race. More>>

Democrat Sherrod Brown, mulling 2020, sets online town hall

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Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator plans an online town hall this Sunday as he considers running for president in 2020. More>>

White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says it's up to President Donald Trump whether the federal government partially shuts down at midnight Friday over his border wall. More>>

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

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Immigration officials say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who suffered seizures in custody and later died. More>>

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

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Syrian activists say a bomb blast in a northern town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces has killed at least eight people. More>>

Kremlin candidate wins Far East governorship in repeat vote

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Russians living in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai have voted for a new governor after previous election was tainted by fraud. More>>

For 76-year-old Joe Biden, age a factor as he mulls 2020 run

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Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether he's too old to seek the White House. More>>

Report: Iran prisoner who died in hospital was a terrorist

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Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a detained activist who died last week was a member of terrorist group planning attacks. More>>

Trump weighs next move on border wall as shutdown looms

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Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump's border, but you wouldn't know it by the schedule. More>>

Moscow police arrest least 5 protesters near security office

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A human rights activist says Moscow police have arrested at least five protesters at an unsanctioned rally outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB. More>>

Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir amid anger over killings

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A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule has shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir a day after protests and fighting killed seven civilians and four combatants. More>>

The Latest: Zinke says 'attacks' led to his resignation

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The coming departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is being welcomed by environmentalists. More>>

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

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A new report criticizes decisions made to stop a 2016 fire in California's Big Sur area that became the costliest wildfire fight in U.S. history. More>>

First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

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Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies' tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital. More>>

Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

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Russia claims Pentagon ignoring efforts to work out nuclear treaty dispute. More>>

The Latest: Migrant girl's family disputes officials' story

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An official with Guatemala's foreign ministry has identified the 7-year-old migrant girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody as Jackeline Caal. More>>

Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump's next chief of staff

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President Donald Trump's hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on the feel of a reality TV show. More>>

Indiana governor says passing hate crime law 'long overdue'

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Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. More>>

Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

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Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners made illegal contributions to its events. More>>

Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans

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Elizabeth Warren sought to solidify her connection with African-American voters Friday as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign. More>>

Mueller says FBI not to blame for Flynn's false statements

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The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. More>>

US, Canada look to ease strains amid 3-way spat with China

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The U.S. and Canada are holding high-stakes talks amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate already testy ties between the North American neighbors. More>>

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is days away from being sentenced on a felony charge that in different times might have brought an end to his career. More>>

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

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President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he bought the silence of two women because Trump was "very concerned" about how their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election.". More>>

The Latest: Chile to host next year's UN climate summit

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Germany says failure to curb climate change would cost the world "a lot more" than the trillions of dollars President Donald Trump's claim he's saving by quitting the 2015 Paris accord. More>>

Cranky Congress still has work to do before wrapup

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Everyone in Congress wants to go home, yet both chambers are scheduled to be in session next week over hefty matters, including the budget and criminal sentencing reform. More>>

Judge in health care case had blocked other Obama policies

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U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, who struck down a key element of the Affordable Care Act that sent the rest of its structure toppling, is no stranger to the conservative resistance to Obama administration policies. More>>

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

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The U.S. Education Department says it will start forgiving federal loans for 15,000 former students whose colleges closed before they could graduate. More>>

Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

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A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January. More>>

GOP candidate says he made decision to hire ballot operative

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The Republican candidate in a disputed North Carolina congressional race says it was his decision to hire an operative who is now a person of interest in an investigation. More>>

Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

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An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled. More>>

McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year

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Arizona's governor says U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will resign at the end of the year from the U.S. Senate seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of Sen. Jon McCain. More>>

Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows

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When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get. More>>

Trump club is in tax break zone, but is unlikely to benefit

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President Donald Trump's company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering massive tax breaks, but experts say it is unlikely it could take advantage of them. More>>

Lawyers seek to exclude evidence at NYC truck attack trial

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Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a terrorist attack on a New York City bike path say they have learned that the FBI was intercepting his communications. More>>

The Latest: Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff

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Chris Christie has pulled himself out of consideration to serve as President Donald Trump's next chief of staff. More>>

Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Republican-backed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers. More>>

Trump lawyer seeks to send emoluments case to appeals court

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A lawyer for President Donald Trump is challenging a Maryland federal judge's decision to allow a case accusing the president of profiting off his office to proceed in district court. The lawyer wants a federal appeals court to take up the case instead. More>>

Utah senator says he regrets 'irresponsible' Trump remarks

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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is backtracking after saying this week that he wasn't concerned that prosecutors have implicated President Donald Trump in a crime. More>>

California chief justice gives up Republican Party label

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California Supreme Court chief justice says she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing polarization and incivility in the country. More>>

Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

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Everyone in Congress wants to go home, yet both chambers are scheduled to be in session next week over hefty matters, including the budget and criminal sentencing reform. More>>

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

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The Senate has delivered back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia in an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

The Latest: Holder group promises lame-duck lawsuit

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-authored lame-duck legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Weather agency chief: I've never briefed Trump on warming

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The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never talked about the issue with President Donald Trump. More>>

Russia probe cost surpasses $25 million since May 2017

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The Russia investigation has cost more than $25 million since the special counsel's appointment in May 2017. More>>

The Latest: Pompeo condemns China's detention of 2 Canadians

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Canada's ambassador to China has received consular access to detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig four days after he was arrested in China. More>>

Trump asserts China's economy feeling his tariff pressure

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President Donald Trump says China's economy is feeling the pressure of his tariffs, and he thinks a "big and very comprehensive deal" could happen. More>>

Effort to put New Hampshire GOP behind Trump faces pushback

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An effort to put the New Hampshire Republican Party in President Donald Trump's corner ahead of the state's leadoff presidential primary is facing both private and public pushback. More>>

Army officer charged with murder of Afghan bomber suspect

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A former U.S. Army commando is being charged with murder in a long-simmering case alleging he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. More>>

The Latest: White House dismisses Cohen accusations as lies

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The White House is dismissing the accusations from President Donald Trump's former fixer that Trump directed hush money payments to two women during the presidential campaign to buy their silence about alleged affairs. More>>

Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashes

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Hamas official in West Bank: Israeli forces arrest dozens of Hamas activists, including lawmakers, in overnight raids. More>>

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

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Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year. More>>

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

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Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led fighters take major town in last area held by Islamic State group. More>>

Top senators ask for leniency for ex-staffer who lied to FBI

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Three high-ranking senators are asking a federal judge for leniency on behalf of a former Senate intelligence committee employee who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. More>>

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

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Effort to dilute power of next Wisconsin governor stirs separation-of-powers debate. More>>

Walker: Partial vetoes possible on some lame-duck bills

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Gov. Scott Walker says the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills passed in a lame-duck session. More>>

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

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The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country. More>>

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will take up a criminal justice bill that would be the largest sentencing overhaul in decades. More>>

Secret Service detail for Bush, code name 'Timberwolf,' ends

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Secret Service ends detail for George H.W. Bush after nearly 40 years of protecting the former president, who was known by the code name "Timberwolf". More>>

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

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The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an "impeachable offense" if it's proved that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign. More>>

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

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The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. More>>

Justices reject county's appeal over woman's time in jail

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The Supreme Court has rejected a Mississippi county's appeal in the case of a woman who was jailed for more than 3 months without seeing a judge. More>>

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

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President Donald Trump is citing a shooting attack in France as he calls on Democratic congressional leaders to support funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

African-American North Carolina voting rights activist dies

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North Carolina voting rights activist Rosanell Eaton has died at age 97. More>>

Italy's Salvini on Bannon: stimulating, but not European

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Italy's right-wing interior minister says former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon has interesting ideas but that he doesn't understand Europe's complexities and that "the destiny of Europe is in the hands of Europeans, no one else.". More>>

Pelosi recalls Arizona's former US Rep. Pastor at funeral

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Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress, will be laid to rest Friday. More>>

Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

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President Donald Trump says he'll be making an announcement on Saturday concerning the Joint Chiefs of staff. More>>

Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

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The Senate has passed a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual assault and harassment claims on Capitol Hill. More>>

The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

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President Donald Trump says the military will build his promised border wall "if Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country.". More>>

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

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Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations. More>>

Chao announces $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants

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The Transportation Department announces $1.5 billion in grants to support 91 infrastructure projects in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. More>>

Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

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President Donald Trump is contending he "never directed" longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law, after Cohen was sentenced to prison time for crimes including arranging hush money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs. More>>

US: Trump lawyer met Russian offering 'political synergy'

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Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump. More>>

Macedonia parliament attack amnesty sparks prison protest

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Macedonia parliament attack amnesty sparks prison protest. More>>

President Trump welcomes governors-elect to White House

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President Donald Trump is welcoming governors-elect from both parties to the White House Thursday. More>>

The Latest: Ex-VP Gore thinks Trump may help climate cause

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U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has flown back to Poland in an effort to support struggling talks on ways of fighting climate change. More>>

Top GOP senator needs to know more about Trump's UN pick

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A leading Republican senator on foreign policy issues says he doesn't know whether President Donald Trump's pick to be U.N. ambassador has the expertise and background to capably handle the job. More>>

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

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President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush's attorney general, to serve in the same role. More>>

As probe closes in, Trump distances himself from Cohen

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President Donald Trump has gone from denying knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses to apparent acknowledgement of those hush money settlements - though he claims they wouldn't be illegal. More>>

Pelosi's triumph: A reminder why she's set to be speaker

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Pelosi appears to have sealed her return as House speaker by agreeing to limit her future tenure to no more than four years. More>>

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

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A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government is expected to plead guilty. More>>

The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest

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Palestinian police have cracked down on a Hamas protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, beating demonstrators with batons and throwing stun grenades. More>>

Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at East Coast base

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U.S. Marine Corps leaders say it will cost around $3.6 billion to repair the extensive damage to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence. More>>

Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

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Jose Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump. More>>

Kasich would prefer competing for presidency as a Republican

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Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's continuing a serious look at a third presidential run while acknowledging he probably couldn't win GOP primaries held today. More>>

No. 2 House Republican: Gov't shutdown 'stupid', may happen

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says a looming government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. More>>

Trump, new Mexican president discuss migration but not wall

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The White House says President Donald Trump and the new leader of Mexico have discussed the "positive relations" between the countries in a phone call. More>>

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

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Google's CEO faces grilling from U.S. House lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands in tailoring search results. More>>

Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

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Senators are expected to vote on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

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Nancy Pelosi says Democrats running the House next year will make initial moves toward getting President Donald Trump's tax returns. More>>

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

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President Donald Trump is invoking something called the "advice-of-counsel" defense in response to the scandal over hush-money payments made to conceal his alleged affairs. More>>

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning. More>>

Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

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The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has quickly unloaded Raytheon stock. More>>

The Latest: EU chief says May had no plan for help on Brexit

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German minister glad Britain avoided 'total chaos' in Brexit process. More>>

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

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Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, and it's happening even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. More>>

'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison Video included

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A lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump is set to learn whether cooperating with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws. More>>

The Latest: Rebel Dem: Fight to block Pelosi was a challenge

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she doesn't feel constricted by an agreement that clears the way for her to become House speaker next year in exchange for agreeing to hold the post for no more than four additional years. More>>

The Latest: Accused Russian secret agent makes plea deal

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A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal court in Washington. More>>

Judge tosses lawsuit by GOP congressman who lost election

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A federal judge is tossing a lawsuit by a Republican incumbent congressman from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held by a candidate-ranking system. More>>

The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have introduced a resolution rebuking Saudi Arabia for the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Metaphorical Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin

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The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. More>>

Pentagon: NKorea slow to negotiate over US war remains

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Pentagon officials say they have been unable so far to draw North Korea into negotiations on returning additional remains of Americans killed in North Korea. More>>

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has struck down a pension law that prompted thousands of teachers to protest at the state Capitol. More>>

Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

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Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump's most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real.". More>>

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

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Trump administration wants to see an increase in U.S. investment and trade in Africa as part of a new strategy aimed at countering China's growing influence on the continent. More>>

Google grilled in Congress: What's ahead for tech companies

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Lawmakers pepper Google CEO with questions that give inkling of the issues facing tech next year. More>>

Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital's voting machines

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Fire destroys thousands of Congo voting machines in capital, just 10 days before election. More>>

AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump's tariffs

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AP Interview: Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama tells AP Trump's tariff talk is spooking farmers and others in the deep-red state. More>>

Watchdog: No evidence FBI tried to destroy text messages

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The Justice Department's watchdog found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed text messages of two former FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. More>>

China suspected in huge Marriott data breach, official says

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U.S. national security officials say China's cyber threats and the theft of intellectual property from American companies poses one of the largest economic and national security challenges. More>>

EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraints

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The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners. More>>

Former HUD chief Julian Castro moves toward presidential run

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APNewsBreak: Texas Democrat Julian Castro, housing chief under President Barack Obama, launches exploratory committee for president as he moves closer to a possible 2020 White House run. More>>

Melania Trump makes first lady history with ride in Osprey Video included

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The first lady of the United States has thanked U.S. service members at a military base in Virginia for their efforts. More>>

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

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The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. More>>

Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

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A lame-duck bill advancing in Michigan's Republican-controlled Legislature would make it harder to organize ballot drives. More>>

After Khashoggi murder, Senate debates US role in Yemen

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CIA Director Gina Haspel is briefing House leaders on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the Senate prepares for a possible vote on two resolutions to condemn Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying. More>>

Pelosi, foes clinch deal all but paving her way to speaker

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California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats who've tried thwarting her drive to become House speaker seem near an accord that would all but assure she wins the post in the next Congress. More>>

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

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A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty says he spanked his 7-year-old daughter. More>>

The Latest: UK's May grateful for vote keeping her in office

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U.K. leader Theresa May is vowing to fight a no-confidence vote "with everything I've got," appealing to party colleagues to support her leadership. More>>

House, Senate reach agreement on anti-sexual harassment bill

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House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations on Capitol Hill. More>>

US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles that can deliver nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal. More>>

The Latest: Pelosi all but assured of becoming House speaker

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi has all but ensured that she'll be elected House speaker in January by agreeing to limit how long she'd serve in the post to no more than four additional years. More>>

Russian official offers to unveil correspondence with US

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A top official at Russia's cybersecurity agency has offered to publish its communications with American counterparts during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. More>>

Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays

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A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. More>>

The naughty list? Donald Trump Jr. calls his dad a regifter

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President Donald Trump's eldest son says his father is a "regifter" who "may or may not" have once have given him the same gift he'd given his dad the year before. More>>

Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts

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Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence field. More>>

Hatch laments loss of civility for US Senate in 'crisis'

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Outgoing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah bemoaned the disappearance of political civility, kinship and cross-party collaboration during a farewell speech Wednesday where he called the Senate a legislative body in "crisis.". More>>