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Pelosi blocks Trump from giving State of the Union address in House – live

Speaker says Trump cannot deliver speech from chamber until government is reopenedSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 11.43pm GMT In a message to federal employees in the midst of the longest government shutdown in the country’s history, Lara Trump, President Trump’s daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, described not being able to earn a paycheck for 33 days as “a little bit of pain.” 11.10pm GMT On Day 33 of the shutdown, 12 protesters, some with a federal workers union, ...
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Number of uninsured Americans increases by 7m in four years

Survey results come after Republican attacks on government-backed health programs, including the Affordable Care ActAbout 7 million fewer Americans have health insurance today than did four years ago, a new survey has found, the highest uninsured rate since 2014. The results come after sustained Republican attacks on government-backed health schemes, including the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.The survey’s findings come as the public is increasingly interested in government-run ...
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Pelosi bars Trump from delivering State of the Union in House – live

Pelosi says Trump cannot deliver speech from House chamber until government is reopenedSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 9.07pm GMT Donald Trump is now looking for an ‘alternative’ location from which to deliver the State of the Union, after his attempt to press on with holding the event inside the House chamber was rebuffed by Nancy Pelosi. The president is still intent on giving the speech, with some Republicans suggesting he look at the Senate chamber -- where the GOP stil...
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Pelosi tells Trump she will block State of the Union address in House

Speaker says that president’s speech will not be ‘authorized’ in the House chamber until the government shutdown has endedNancy Pelosi has told Donald Trump she will block him from delivering his State of the Union address in the House chamber until the government has reopened.“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the president’s State of the Union address in the House chamber until government has opened,” the House sp...
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Student in standoff with Native American defends his actions – video report

The Kentucky high school student filmed in an apparent standoff with a Native American activist in Washington DC says he was 'not disrespectful' during the interaction, as a spokesman for Donald Trump said students from Covington high school may be invited to the White House'I wasn't smirking': Kentucky student defends position with Native American Continue reading...
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Michael Cohen postpones testimony to House, citing Trump's attacks – live

Trump’s former lawyer says he will not testify before Congress due to ‘threats’ from the president. Follow the latest newsTrump’s disapproval rating hits record high, latest poll showsDemocrats preparing counteroffer to end shutdownSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 7.01pm GMT Cohen cited threats from Donald Trump in his decision to postpone his testimony.Democrats recently warned the president he should not intimidate witnesses after Trump repeatedly suggested Cohen’s father-...
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Democrats to investigate Trump’s use of security clearances – live updates

Democrats cite ‘grave breaches’ in the process Trump’s disapproval rating hits record high, latest poll shows Democrats preparing counteroffer to end shutdownSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 6.04pm GMT Donald Trump is insisting he will deliver his State the Union address at the House of Representatives on January 29, despite Nancy Pelosi asking the president to postpone the speech.In a letter Trump said he has been told by the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret S...
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Trump's disapproval rating hits record high, latest poll shows – live updates

57% of voters disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidencyNo signs of breakthrough as Trump hosts series of private talksSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 2.46pm GMT House Republicans have postponed their annual retreat due to the ongoing government shutdown. The House GOP was due to convene in West Virginia to discuss policy and strategy behind closed doors.NEW: House GOP retreat scheduled for next week in West Virginia has been POSTPONED to date TBD because of shutdown,...
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'I wasn't smirking': Kentucky student defends position with Native American

Nick Sandmann said on NBC he was ‘not disrespectful’ during his interaction with Nathan Phillips, an Omaha tribe leaderThe high school student filmed in an apparent standoff with a Native American activist in Washington DC has said he was “not disrespectful” and “wasn’t smirking” during the interaction, as a spokesman for Donald Trump said students from Covington high school may be invited to the White House.“As far as standing there, I had every right to do so,” Nick Sandmann told NBC Today’s S...
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Trump's disapproval ratings hits record high amid shutdown, poll shows – live

57% of voters disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidencyNo signs of breakthrough as Trump hosts series of private talksSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 1.57pm GMT A record number of Americans disapprove of Donald Trump’s job performance amid the longest government shutdown in US history.A new poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult/Politico found that 57% of registered US voters disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidency. The number is the highest disapproval ...
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Julian Assange launches legal challenge against Trump administration

WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers file urgent application in attempt to prevent extradition to USJulian Assange, the fugitive WikiLeaks founder whose diplomatic sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy appears increasingly precarious, is launching a legal challenge against the Trump administration.Lawyers for the Australian activist have filed an urgent application to the Washington-based Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) aimed at forcing the hand of US prosecutors, requiring them to “unsea...
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Controversy over students mocking Native American strikes national chord

Debate around the incident reverberated culturally and politically amplified by an aggressive entry into the argument by TrumpThe spectacle of a crowd of white teens in pro-Trump caps mocking a Native American activist on the National Mall just days before Martin Luther King Jr day was perhaps not needed to demonstrate that America’s social fabric is stretched thin.The explosion of a media controversy around the incident was probably not necessary to drive participants in the ensuing debate into...
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'Sex trainer' who said she could prove Russia meddled in US election freed

Escort Anastasia Vashukevich released from Moscow jail amid speculation she may have cut a dealA Belarusian “sex trainer” who had claimed she could prove a Russian oligarch’s ties to the Trump campaign has been released from a Moscow jail, amid speculation that she may have cut a deal for her freedom.Anastasia Vashukevich, the escort and model who also calls herself Nastya Rybka, became an unlikely figure in the sprawling “Russiagate” saga after she offered to trade information about collusion w...
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Mike Pence backs Venezuelan protesters seeking to oust President Nicolás Maduro – video

Mike Pence, the US vice-president, has issued a video message offering the country's ’unwavering support’ to Venezuelans protesting against President Nicolás Maduro. ‘We stand with you, and we will stay with you until Democracy is restored,’ Pence said on the eve of demonstrations expected to take place across the country. Maduro has accused Washington of trying to force a coup Continue reading...
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‘Onslaught of outrage’: resistance and activism reawaken in Trump era

Two years since his inauguration, millions of Americans have built on recent movements such as Black Lives Matter to rally, march and strike against the presidentFor 125 days last year, Ashley Weitz stood with her four-year-old son on a quiet corner near their home in Salt Lake City for one hour daily to protest Donald Trump.This was unusual for a woman who had mostly ignored the wall-to-wall coverage of Trump’s unprecedented behavior in the White House, occupied instead by the full-time task of...
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Report reveals Trump's plans for luxe Moscow tower – as it happened

Documents released by BuzzFeed undermine Trump lawyer’s claims that project was just an ideaSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 1.45am GMT We are closing down for the night – thanks for following along. Here are today’s key political developments: Related: US state department's top diplomat for European affairs resigns 1.25am GMT Speaking on a panel about the future of the oceans at the World Economic Forum today, former secretary of state John Kerry said his advice to P...
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Report reveals Trump's plans for luxe Moscow tower – live

Documents released by BuzzFeed undermine Trump lawyer’s claims that project was just an ideaSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 10.44pm GMT Gabrielle Canon here, taking over for Amanda Holpuch. BuzzFeed News has released documents showing that Trump’s Russian real estate plans were much more developed than the president has let on, contradicting his previous claims that the project was just an idea that had barely gotten off the ground. By the time Donald Trump signed the proj...
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Democrats and Republicans agree to vote on duelling bills in push to end shutdown – live

McConnell said Democrats should support his bill to reopen the government and provide wall funding as Pelosi called it a ‘nonstarter’ Sign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 9.10pm GMT The Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, has more on the resignation of the State department’s top diplomat for European affairs:Mitchell calls himself a devoted Atlanticist and insisted that “nothing could be further from the truth” that US membership of Nato was in question. Related: U...
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US state department's top diplomat for European affairs resigns

Wess Mitchell’s resignation adds to the exodus of senior officials who have championed the Nato alliance in the face of Trump’s reported desire to withdraw The state department’s top diplomat dealing with Europe, and an outspoken supporter of Nato, has announced his resignation.Wess Mitchell said he was leaving from personal reasons, after just 16 months in the job as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, adding that he was “fully supportive” of secretary of state, Mike...
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Voters prefer seven top Democrats to Trump in 2020 race, survey finds – live

Trump trails Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten GillibrandSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 6.23pm GMT In the first 24 hours after announcing she would run for president, Kamala Harris had raised $1.5m from 38,000 people, according to the Wall Street Journal: The California Democrat saw a burst of $1 million in contributions in the first 12 hours after her appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the simult...
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Supreme court allows Trump limit on transgender people in military to continue – live

Court votes 5-4 for stay on administration’s policy while legality is debated in lower courts, meaning limit can be imposedSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 3.21pm GMT One more, but not final, bit of supreme court news: the justices did not take action on a case about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), a program ended by the Trump administration that allows hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children to temporarily work ...
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Worst job in showbiz: why will no one touch the world's glitziest gigs?

The Oscars have no host, Rihanna turned down the Super Bowl, and the White House dinner will be MC’d by a historian. What’s behind the sudden demise of entertainment’s biggest jobs?The loss of the Oscars’ latest host is, on the one hand, just another mishap to add to the list. From 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite to 2017’s wrong delivery of the best picture award, the ceremony now seems like a particularly slow bloopers reel. Yet the loss of Kevin Hart – who quit after old homophobic tweets resurfaced – i...
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Joni Ernst says she turned down chance to be Donald Trump's vice-president

Iowa senator makes claim in divorce papersErnst says husband Gail ‘hated any successes I have’The Iowa senator Joni Ernst has stated she turned down the opportunity to be Donald Trump’s vice-president because she believed her husband Gail “hated any successes I have”.In an affidavit filed as part of divorce proceedings with her husband of 26 years, Ernst states: “in the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump to be vice president of the United States. I turned Candidate Trump down, ...
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MLK's son criticizes Pence for using father's memory to push for border wall – as it happened

King’s oldest son rejects vice-president’s comparison of civil rights leader to Trump: ‘MLK was a bridge builder, not a wall builder’Kamala Harris officially enters 2020 US presidential raceDemocratic hopefuls head south – where black voters hold the keyStart your day with our US morning briefing. Sign up. 10.20pm GMT We’re wrapping now. These are today’s key politics stories. 10.18pm GMT The Guardian’s Hubert Adjei-Kontoh reports:At a packed Harlem church this afternoon congresswoman A...
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MLK's son criticizes Pence for using father's memory to push for border wall – live

King’s oldest son rejects vice-president’s comparison of civil rights leader to Trump: ‘MLK was a bridge builder, not a wall builder’Kamala Harris officially enters 2020 US presidential raceDemocratic hopefuls head south – where black voters hold the keyStart your day with our US morning briefing. Sign up. 8.51pm GMT Martin Luther King III criticized Vice President for invoking his father’s memory in making the push for a wall along the US-Mexico border. “The hearts and minds of the American...
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Kamala Harris enters 2020 US presidential race – video profile

The Democratic senator has officially launched her 2020 campaign, entering a crowded field of candidates vying to take on Donald Trump. Harris portrays herself as a fighter for justice and equality. She was the first woman of colour to become attorney general for CaliforniaKamala Harris officially enters 2020 US presidential race Continue reading...
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Kamala Harris enters the 2020 US presidential race – video profile

The Democratic senator has officially launched her 2020 campaign. Harris portrays herself as a fighter for justice and equality. She was the first woman of colour to become attorney general for California. Harris is also a critic of the Trump administration.Kamala Harris officially enters 2020 US presidential race Continue reading...
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Senator Kamala Harris announces 2020 presidential bid - video profile

The Democratic senator has officially launched her 2020 campaign, entering a crowded field of candidates vying to take on Donald Trump. Harris portrays herself as a fighter for justice and equality. She was the first woman of colour to become attorney general for CaliforniaKamala Harris officially enters 2020 US presidential race Continue reading...
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Kamala Harris enters 2020 bid with tribute to woman who broke barriers

California senator’s logo is a tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president in a major political party, in 1972Kamala Harris has entered the crowded Democratic 2020 race for US president with a tribute to a woman who broke barriers in American politics decades earlier.The California senator’s logo is a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president in a major political party, in 1972. Co...
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Trump lays wreath at Martin Luther King memorial amid criticism over lack of events – live

Democratic presidential hopefuls honor Martin Luther King JrSenator Kamala Harris officially enters 2020 presidential raceDemocratic hopefuls head south – where black voters hold the keyStart your day with our US morning briefing. Sign up. 6.00pm GMT Senator Bernie Sanders in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in South Carolina called Donald Trump a racist who is looking to “divide us up by the color of our skin, by our gender, by the country we came from, by our religion.”Sanders, a Vermont...
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