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Trump considers delaying border wall fight until January

President Donald Trump, pictured here with Elaine Chao, J.B. Pritzker and Ron DeSantis, appeared to backtrack on Thursday, writing in a tweet: “Let’s not do a shutdown, Democrats – do what’s right for the American people!” | [...]

POLITICO Playbook: How Trump might avoid a shutdown

Presented by */ ]]> A deal being floated to avert a shutdown would be a fold from President Donald Trump, and would be read as such by his base on Capitol Hill. | Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images DRIVING THE DAY THE LATEST [...]

Cohen: ‘Of course’ Trump knew hush money payments were wrong

The president “knows the truth. I know the truth,” Michael Cohen, a former attorney and fixer for Donald Trump, said. “Many people know the truth.” | Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images legal By CAITLIN OPRYSKO 12/14/2018 [...]

How Jared Kushner worked the media and Senate for his criminal justice bill

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner backed up the media campaign for criminal justice reform with old-fashioned lobbying, directly urging Republican senators to support the bill. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Share on Facebook [...]

GOP could ditch Harris in North Carolina special

The legislation is an admission that many state Republicans are eager to cut ties with Mark Harris. | Chuck Burton, file/AP Photo Elections State Republicans passed a bill that would require a primary if there’s a re-vote in North [...]

David Bossie emerges as divisive chief of staff hopeful

Some White House allies say David Bossie, formerly President Donald Trump’s deputy campaign manager, shot to the top of the list the minute Trump expressed an interest in having an effective political operator in the slot. | Scott Olson/Getty [...]

How Pelosi beat the rebels and got her gavel back

POLITICO Illustration/M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO, Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ ]]> While the late President George H.W. Bush was lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 4, Nancy Pelosi was several hundred [...]

‘There’s no plan’: Congress skips town as shutdown nears

Frustrated lawmakers in both parties are complaining that congressional leaders have made zero progress since Tuesday. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ ]]> Without President Donald Trump to worry [...]

Senate defies Trump, rebuking Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi killing

Sen. Patrick Leahy described Thursday’s vote as “the Senate’s first response to the Saudi royal family, and to the Trump Administration.” | Susan Walsh/AP Photo Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ ]]> The Senate passed [...]

Accused Russian secret agent pleads guilty

STR/AFP/Getty Images Russia As part of her deal, Maria Butina agreed to cooperate with investigators, although her case is not being handled by special counsel Robert Mueller. By KYLE CHENEY 12/13/2018 12:00 PM EST Updated 12/13/2018 [...]