Government and politics

The Capitol is seen before dawn Wednesday after a night of negotiating on the government spending bill, in Washington, March 21, 2018. Talks over a $1.3 trillion omnibus bill are almost complete as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 23, 2018 - 2:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1.3 trillion spending bill the House approved Thursday is so big that lawmakers are using it as a prop. A foot tall and 2,232 pages long, the legislation keeping the government running through September has plenty for many members of Congress to like and for others to detest...
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In this March 19, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on his return from a trip to New Hampshire. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal apologized to Melania Trump for a 10-month affair she claims she had with President Trump that started with him offering her money after the first time they had sex. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 23, 2018 - 2:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Playboy model apologized to first lady Melania Trump for a 10-month affair she claims she had with President Donald Trump that started with him offering her money after the first time they had sex. During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that aired Thursday night...
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March 23, 2018 - 1:38 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Sloppy blood collection and identification by Afghanistan's army may have led to the deaths of injured soldiers who received the wrong blood type, a U.S. watchdog said. Its report also questioned whether blood was being properly tested for disease. Afghanistan's Defense...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speak to reporters about the massive government spending bill moving through Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. The bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 23, 2018 - 12:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now, but only after late obstacles skirted close to another shutdown as conservatives objected to big outlays on Democratic priorities at a time when Republicans control the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md. President Donald is replacing National security adviser H.R. McMaster with Bolton. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 23, 2018 - 12:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Bolton, President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser — and his third to date — is a divisive foreign policy figure who was an unabashed supporter of the Iraq war and advocates regime change in Iran. The rise of the mustached Bolton, a former U.N. ambassador...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, speak about the massive government spending bill moving through Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 23, 2018 - 12:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local): 12:45 a.m. Congress has approved a $1.3 trillion measure bestowing hefty increases on military and domestic programs. It gives President Donald Trump just a nibble of the money he's wanted to...
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President Donald Trump attends a Greek Independence Day Celebration reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 23, 2018 - 12:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn't true, it wasn't true — until it was. Thursday's announcement that National Security Adviser H.R McMaster will be the latest top aide to leave the White House spotlights President Donald Trump's mercurial decision-making when it comes to staffing the top ranks of...
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In this March 21, 2018, photo, Elizabeth Andrews poses as she works from her house northwest Washington. Andrews had no idea what she was getting into when she sent out an innocent tweet offering to host young protesters coming to Washington for Saturday's March For Our Lives in support of stronger gun control measures. Within hours her tweet had taken on a life of its own, with thousands of likes and retweets, and Andrews found herself running an ad hoc volunteer network that includes more than 1600 families willing to host demonstrators. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 23, 2018 - 12:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It started with a rare tweet by a woman who had — "maybe" — 28 followers on Twitter. Elizabeth Andrews, a D.C. attorney and mother of a high schooler, was moved by the poise and eloquence of students from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the deadly Feb. 14...
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March 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
Hawk in the Oval: Will John Bolton's views rub off on Trump? Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto White House staffers on edge as Trump eyes another shake-up Army Corps faces questions about vetting border wall company AP...
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In this March 21, 2018, photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor for a vote with accompanying reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington. As the Senate gets closer to another government funding deadline, Paul is protesting the pending $1.3 trillion spending bill, which he has called "budget-busting." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 22, 2018 - 11:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When we last left off, an irked Sen. Rand Paul was blasting what he considered a bloated budget bill on the Senate floor. For hours, he forced Congress to delay passage until the federal government — briefly and imperceptibly — shut its doors. Six weeks later, the Kentucky...
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