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Los Angeles strike poses potential political minefield for California's 2020 hopefuls

(LOS ANGELES) -- Thousands of teachers in the nation's second-largest school district walked off the job Monday, launching a strike that left hundreds of thousands of students without instructors and several local and state leaders, some potentially eyeing 2020 presidential campaigns, navigating politically treacherous terrain as they balance the dueling…... Read More

Trump kicks off Day 24 of longest-ever shutdown by blaming Democrats

(WASHINGTON) -- As the government shutdown entered day 24, political fault lines continue to deepen.Meanwhile, the 800,000 federal workers are caught in the crossfire and have felt the reverberations of the lingering fight over reopening the government. Many of them missed their first paychecks since the shutdown started on Friday,…... Read More

Trump says he 'never worked for Russia' in response to NYT report

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump flatly denied Monday that he's ever "worked for Russia" in response to a news report that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was an agent working on behalf of Russia against American interests.The report said law enforcement officials were concerned about his…... Read More

Interpreter from Trump-Putin summit may be forced into congressional spotlight

(WASHINGTON) -- Only one American was a firsthand witness to President Donald Trump's summit last summer with Russian President Vladimir Putin: veteran State Department translator Marina Gross.Gross' job is to blend into the background and seamlessly help two leaders communicate. But now there is mounting interest in seeing Gross step…... Read More

On latest day of government shutdown, TSA absences more than double last year's rate

(WASHINGTON) -- Amid a government shutdown and major winter storms hitting large swaths of the U.S., the number of TSA officers who didn’t come to work on Sunday more than doubled compared to that number a year ago. On Sunday, TSA spokesperson Michael Bilello said 7.7 percent of the agency’s…... Read More

Democrats warn Trump not to 'discourage, intimidate’ Michael Cohen

(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic chairmen of three House panels called on President Donald Trump to cease what they said are “efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure” his former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, “not to provide testimony to Congress.” Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Adam…... Read More

Durbin to Trump: 'Put an end to this shutdown and put everything on the table'

(WASHINGTON) -- As the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he believes President Donald Trump needs to "put an end to this shutdown and put everything on the table.""We're not going to stand here and…... Read More

Only 'bipartisan proposals' in first 100 days if elected president: John Delaney

(NEW YORK) -- Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, the first Democrat to announce a run for president back in July 2017, pledged that if he were elected president in 2020, he would only pursue policy that has the support of both political parties.“What the America people are really looking for…... Read More

Pelosi and Schumer 'don’t want to reach a solution' to end government shutdown: Rep. Steve Scalise

(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican whip in the House of Representatives said Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer “don’t want to reach a solution” on the shutdown, saying that “not one single time” have the congressional leaders given a counteroffer to the president and Republicans…... Read More

Bernie Sanders faces scrutiny as he weighs 2020 run

(WASHINGTON) -- Though he has not yet said publicly whether or not he will run for president again, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., faced tough questions this week about his leadership and management skills should he decide to do so, in light of a handful of allegations against a few members…... Read More

Trump, GOP blamed for shutdown; no crisis seen but fewer oppose wall (POLL)

(WASHINGTON) -- A majority of Americans hold Donald Trump and congressional Republicans mainly responsible for the partial federal shutdown, now the longest in history, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.Only a quarter back Trump’s claim that there’s a crisis at the southern border and two-thirds oppose him declaring…... Read More

Julian Castro, former Obama official, launches 2020 presidential bid: 'Today we're falling backwards'

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas.) -- Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and housing chief during the Obama administration, formally announced on Saturday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. “Today we’re falling backwards instead of moving forward. And the opportunities that made America, America are…... Read More

Paul Whelan made for a convenient target for Russian intelligence: Ex-officials

(WASHINGTON) -- In the days following American Paul Whelan’s arrest in Moscow on espionage charges, suggestive details began to emerge about his past.A tainted military background. A career in corporate security. Curious communications on a Russian social media platform.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that “unfortunately” he could not…... Read More

Republicans grapple with executive power as Trump weighs national emergency

(WASHINGTON) -- Frustrated with congressional gridlock, the president announced the most sweeping executive action on immigration in decades, moving to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation as the leader of the opposing party in Congress accused him of acting like an emperor.That battle between President Barack Obama and congressional…... Read More