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Trump signs bill to ensure federal employees hit by shutdown get back pay – live

Legislation means federal employees will be paid eventually but have no means of covering bills in the meantimeSign up to the daily US morning briefing 9.45pm GMT Trump signed a bill today to guarantee pay for federal employees furloughed during the shutdown. The legislation means that they will paid eventually but have no means of covering bills in the meantime. It also doesn’t effect those on contracts with the government.The federal workers will be paid after the shutdown is over, but gov...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, US news, Syria, Democrats, US politics, US Senate, Donald Trump, Trump, Joni Ernst, Trump Administration, US elections 2020, Rand Paul Marco Rubio


Kirsten Gillibrand discusses 2020 presidential run – live updates

Donald Trump is meeting with a bipartisan congressional group to end the government shutdown as William Barr’s confirmation hearing resumesSign up to the daily US morning briefing 2.15pm GMT White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump has been briefed on the terrorist attack by ISIS in Manbij, Syria. There are reports that U.S. troops may have been caught up in the attack.“The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria. For any sp...
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Tuesday US briefing: May's historic defeat in Brexit deal vote

Christie: Trump dodged confrontation after Kushner ‘hit job’ ... US citizen thought to be among dead in Kenya terror attack ... administration puts politics before science, say expertsGood morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Chris Christie, US, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, US politics, Kenya, Donald Trump, Brexit, Trump, Christie, Tim Walker, Kushner


Chris Christie accuses Jared Kushner of political 'hit job' in explosive new book

Exclusive: ex-New Jersey governor, who had prosecuted Kushner’s father, was sacked as head of Trump’s transition teamChris Christie, who was ousted as chairman of Donald Trump’s White House transition team in 2016, has written a blistering attack on Jared Kushner, whom he accuses of having carried out a political “hit job” on him as an act of revenge for prosecuting his father, Charles Kushner, a decade ago.In his soon to be published book, Let Me Finish, Christie unleashes both barrels on Trump...
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Donald Trump orders McDonald's for football champions as shutdown cuts staff

Staff absences at White House see president set the menu, and unsurprisingly he picked a Big Mac buffetAny champion football player disappointed with Monday’s dinner at the White House can blame Democrats, according to a presidential spokesman.Clemson University’s football team on Thursday joined Donald Trump for dinner to celebrate their win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship. However, the government shutdown has left much of the White House staff furloughed, for...
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Trump orders McDonald's for football champions as shutdown cuts staff

Furloughs at the White House saw the president set the menu, and unsurprisingly he chose a Big Mac buffetAny champion football player disappointed with Monday’s dinner at the White House can blame Democrats, according to a presidential spokesman.Clemson University’s football team on Thursday joined Donald Trump for dinner to celebrate their win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship. However, the government shutdown has left much of the White House staff furloughed, f...
Tags: White House, Alabama, Sport, US news, US politics, Washington Dc, Fast Food, Big Mac, Donald Trump, McDonald, Clemson University


Republican Steve King stripped of assignments amid racism backlash – as it happened

Congressman faces growing rebuke over recent commentsTrump denies to reporters he ever worked for MoscowSenate Republicans feel shutdown pressure 1.55am GMT Powering down for the night, thanks for tuning in! Here’s what happened today: 1.35am GMT According to The Daily Beast, the special counsel and NY federal prosecutors are looking into a meeting Trump had in the days before he was inaugurated, for possible evidence that foreigners and donors sought to purchase influence in the adminis...
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Trump: 'I never worked for Russia. It's just a hoax' – live updates

Republican senator said Trump should agree to temporary billPresident denies to reporters he ever worked for MoscowSenate Republicans feel shutdown pressure 6.14pm GMT Neomi Rao, Donald Trump’s nominee to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote a string of op-eds in and after college where she used inflammatory language to discuss race and gay rights, BuzzFeed reports. Rao described race as a “hot, money-making issue,” affirmative action as the “anointed dragon of liberal excess,” and said we...
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Senate Republicans feel shutdown pressure as Trump tweets angrily on

Day 24 dawns after fusillade of angry messages from White House and with presidential ally seeking temporary reopeningOn day 24 of the partial government shutdown, the longest in history, Senate Republicans seemed best placed to negotiate a reopening of shuttered federal departments and threatened services and the restoration of pay to 800,000 workers. Related: 'It's ruining people's lives': federal workers count cost of shutdown Continue reading...
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Trump vents fury over Russia stories and again threatens national emergency

Report: FBI looked at whether president worked for RussiaTrump remains at White House as shutdown grinds onDonald Trump has strongly denied the stunning claim that he was secretly working on behalf of Russia. In a 20-minute live phone interview with Fox News on Saturday night he described the story as an “insult”, and again threatened to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall.In a front-page story extraordinary even by the tumultuous standards of the Trump era, the New York Times rep...
Tags: White House, Russia, US, US news, Fbi, US politics, New York Times, Fox News, Donald Trump, James Comey, Trump, Trump Administration, Trump-Russia investigation


Julián Castro launches presidential bid with speech in Texas

Obama housing secretary would be first Hispanic American nominee if he beats Democratic field likely to number 20 or moreJulián Castro, the federal housing secretary under Barack Obama, announced his presidential bid on Saturday with an address in his home city of San Antonio, Texas, where he served for five years as mayor. Related: Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020 Continue reading...
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Trump tweets his fury after bombshell report adds drama to Russia inquiry

Report: FBI looked at whether president worked for RussiaTrump remains at White House as shutdown grinds onDonald Trump produced a torrent of misleading tweets on Saturday to deny the stunning claim that he was secretly working on behalf of Russia.In a front page story extraordinary even by the tumultuous standards of the Trump era, the New York Times reported that the FBI launched an investigation into whether the US president was acting as a Russian asset, against his own country’s interests. ...
Tags: White House, Russia, US, US news, Fbi, US politics, New York Times, Donald Trump, James Comey, Trump, Trump Administration, Trump-Russia investigation


Julián Castro launches presidential bid with San Antonio speech

Obama housing secretary would be first Hispanic American nominee if he beats Democratic field likely to number 20 or moreJulián Castro, the federal housing secretary under Barack Obama, announced his presidential bid on Saturday with an address in his home city of San Antonio, Texas, where he served for five years as mayor. Related: Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020 Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Obama, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, San Antonio, Castro, San Antonio Texas, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, US elections 2020


Trump claims plan to end longest government shutdown in history

President backs away from national emergency threatHow the federal government closure is impacting millionsThe US government shutdown is now the longest such closure in history. On Saturday, day 22, members of Congress were out of Washington, Donald Trump was unmoved in the White House, his border wall unbuilt, and around 800,000 federal workers were still without pay and facing mounting hardship. Related: 'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest Continue reading.....
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US government shutdown becomes longest in history

Trump backs away from national emergency threatHow the federal government closure is impacting millionsThe US government shutdown is now the longest such closure in history. On Saturday, day 22, members of Congress were out of Washington, Donald Trump was unmoved in the White House, his border wall unbuilt, and around 800,000 federal workers were still without pay and facing mounting hardship. Related: 'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest Continue reading...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, Washington, White House, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US domestic policy, US immigration, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump


Julián Castro set to launch presidential bid with San Antonio speech

Obama housing secretary would be first Hispanic American nominee if he beats Democratic field likely to number 20 or moreJulián Castro, the federal housing secretary under Barack Obama, is expected to announce his presidential bid on Saturday with an address in his home city of San Antonio, Texas, where he served for five years as mayor. Related: Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020 Continue reading...
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Trump backs away from declaring national emergency over wall – as it happened

President said he’s ‘not looking’ to declare an emergency at a cabinet meeting over the shutdownPodcast: who will pay for the wall?Sign up to our US morning briefing 10.00pm GMT That’s it for today, thanks for reading.•On the 21st day of the government shutdown, Trump backed away from declaring a national emergency over the border wall. The president had spent the week suggesting he would “probably” make such a move, but in a meeting on Friday did an about-face. “What we’re not looking to do...
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Trump backs away from declaring national emergency to fund border wall

‘What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency’White House attorneys and allies had prepared groundworkFollow the latest US politics newsDonald Trump has backed away from his threat to declare a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find a solution to the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.“We want Congress to do its job,” the president said Friday during a round...
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Trump edges closer to declaring national emergency to fund border wall

White House attorneys and allies prepare groundworkTrump says declaration would ‘100%’ withstand scrutinyDonald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find a solution to the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.Trump was consulting White House attorneys and allies about declaring a national emergency, and using presidential emergency powers to...
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Michael Cohen: former Trump fixer to testify before Congress – as it happened

Cohen to go before House committee in early FebruaryTrump heads to border and threatens national emergencySign up to the Guardian’s new US morning briefing 9.59pm GMT That’s it for the blog today. Here’s where things stand: 9.52pm GMT Former congressional candidate Richard Ojeda, who is mounting a presidential campaign, announced Thursday that he would resign from his seat in the West Virginia state senate to pursue a White House bid.Today I announced my resignation from the WV Senate t...
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'If I have to I will': Donald Trump on declaring a national emergency – video

The US president was speaking to reporters outside the White House when he was asked for his thoughts on calling a national emergency, to which he replied: I'll probably do it, almost definitely.' Donald Trump also denied having a 'temper tantrum' during his reported confrontation with DemocratsTrump repeats threat to call national emergency as he heads to border Continue reading...
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'If I have to I will' says Trump on prospect of declaring a national emergency – video

President Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House on Thursday before heading on a trip to the border. When asked about his thoughts on calling a national emergency, he said ‘I’ll probably do it, almost definitely’. He was also asked about the reported confrontation he had with Democrats, saying: ‘I don’t have tempter tantrums ... I didn’t pound the table. That is a lie’ Continue reading...
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Trump repeats threat to call national emergency as he heads to border

Texas visit – which Trump is reportedly unenthusiastic about – comes as rift with Democrats over shutdown hardensDonald Trump has reiterated his threat to declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.As he left the White House on Thursday for a visit to the Texas border, Trump told reporters he would prefer to work with Congress on a deal to end the...
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Kamala Harris invites speculation over 2020 White House bid

Democratic senator, 54, says she’ll make a decision soon and accuses Trump of throwing a tantrum to ‘create fear and division’When Kamala Harris was growing up in Oakland, California, her mother would warn her not to run too far at the park. But her father took a different position. Related: Trump heads to the border to push for his wall as shutdown stretches on Continue reading...
Tags: White House, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, Oakland California, US elections 2020


Trump leaves open option to declare national emergency: 'I may do it' – live

President says the ‘threshold’ for declaration is if he can’t make a deal with Congress over border wall and government shutdownStay informed: sign up for our new US briefing 8.21pm GMT Donald Trump implored Republicans to “stick together” as they come under pressure from Democrats, federal workers and the American public to reopen the government. During a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans, Trump remained resolute in his negotiating position and made clear that he was not prepared to...
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Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DoJ after Trump's pick takes office – live

Rosenstein has overseen Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election for over a year and a half 2.05pm GMT As first reported by ABC News, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to step down in the coming weeks provided Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, Bill Barr is confirmed by the Senate.Rosenstein has overseen Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election for over a year and a half.Rosenstein has communicated to Presi...
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Trump not expected to declare national emergency in border speech, report says – as it happened

Senior White House official with knowledge of address said plan is to build a public case for the wallSix things to know before Trump gives his border wall addressStay informed: sign up for our US morning briefing 9.58pm GMT 9.42pm GMT Stormy Daniels will be offering her own counter-programming to Trump’s televised address to the nation tonight.If you're looking for anything even remotely worth watching tonight at 9pm EST, I will be folding laundry in my underwear for 8 minutes on Insta...
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Trump not expected to declare national emergency in border speech, report says – live

Senior White House official with knowledge of address said plan is to build a public case for the wallHow have you been affected by the government shutdown?Stay informed: sign up for our new US briefing 8.12pm GMT Billionaire Tom Steyer “will make an announcement concerning his political plans for 2019 and beyond” in Iowa tomorrow.Steyer who has been perhaps the largest single donor to progressive political causes in recent years has been mulling a presidential campaign.Possible 2020 preside...
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Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters

Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (Report, 8 January), which leaves me wondering if this useful neologism has also come to mean (a) a jiffy (b) a bullet-proof limo or (c) a fit of narcissistic presidential pique. Please help.Alan...
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Trump to make first Oval Office address to argue for border wall funding

White House counsel is reviewing whether president has ability to declare a national emergency in this situation, says PenceDonald Trump is set on Tuesday evening to make his first Oval Office address to the nation as president to argue that an immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border requires funding for his border wall pet project – before the federal government partial shutdown can be ended. Related: Trump to visit US-Mexico border as showdown over wall continues Continue reading...
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