Republican defense hawks in the House said a short-term spending plan their party had introduced did not devote enough money to the military. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats began lining up in opposition amid pressure from immigration activists. Absent some sort of accord, federal agencies will cease nonessential activities and furlough hundreds of thousands of employees at midnight Friday.
In comments that put him at odds with the president, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers that the U.S. will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that Mexico will never pay for it.
Veteran U.S. spies were elated to learn of the arrest this week of a suspect in a long-running mole hunt within the CIA’s ranks. But their mood was tempered by skepticism that the man will ever face charges for what some believe is his role in the exposure and deaths of several CIA agents in China, according to current and former officials.
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Journalists said they held back because they couldn’t independently corroborate key elements of Stormy Daniels’s account, including in one instance from Daniels herself. 
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The Trump administration is creating a civil rights division within the Health and Human Services Department that would clear the way for medical professionals to opt out of providing abortions or treating transgender patients.
Harley Barber, a University of Alabama freshman from New Jersey, posted one offensive video and then responded to the backlash with another.
Simon Edelman, who was placed on administrative leave, said he gave official photos to The Washington Post and In These Times magazine that show Energy Secretary Rick Perry hugging a coal mining executive with whom he discussed an “action plan” for overhauling regulations.
Peter Hoekstra’s dealings with the media have jolted the country of his birth. His appointment had unnerved the Dutch political establishment, since his opposition to gay rights and abortion and skepticism about climate change put him well outside the Dutch mainstream.
A lawyer for former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon argued that his client doesn’t have enough time to prepare for a Thursday interview on the House Intelligence Committee’s terms.
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The retiring senator from Arizona called out President Trump for launching a war on the media, comparing the president to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and warning his colleagues that nothing less than American democracy is at stake.
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