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Trump proposes record spending, trillion-dollar deficit

Mar. 11, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget on Monday, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years. Reviving his border wall fight with...

Analysis: Shutdown saga offers lesson in divided government

Feb. 16, 2019 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you want results in a polarized Washington, sometimes it pays to simply leave the professionals alone to do their jobs. That seems to especially be the case now in an era in which liberal House Democrats are sharing power in Washington with a GOP-led Senate and President Donald...

The Latest: Judiciary chair seeks hearing on emergency claim

Feb. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 4:50 p.m. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is calling for a hearing "in the coming days" on President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. In a letter to Trump Friday, Nadler and...

The Latest: House passes border bill, sends to Trump's desk

Feb. 14, 2019 9:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress' border security measure and President Donald Trump (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Hard-fought legislation that gives President Donald Trump 55 additional miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border — well short of what he requested — is on the way to...

On immigration, Mideast and more, Kushner keeps pushing

Feb. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ink wasn't dry on a border security compromise before Jared Kushner had moved on to another enormous challenge. As lawmakers fine-tuned a border agreement that the president's son-in-law and senior adviser had been unable to extract from Capitol Hill in earlier talks, Kushner was at...

Trump not 'thrilled' with border deal but leaning toward it

Feb. 12, 2019 9:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he's been demanding for his Mexican border wall....

Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding

Feb. 11, 2019 11:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement Monday night to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks. Republicans were...

In El Paso, Trump and O'Rourke go head-to-head over wall

Feb. 11, 2019 11:17 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump charged ahead Monday with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers' tentative deal that would give him far less than he's been demanding and declaring he's "setting the stage" to deliver on his signature...

The Latest: Budget deal calls for far less border wall money

Feb. 11, 2019 9:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on government negotiations over border security (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Three people familiar with Congress' tentative border security deal tell The Associated Press that the accord would provide $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers. That's well below...

The Latest: Dem women, including Ocasio-Cortez, cheer Trump

Feb. 5, 2019 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (all times local): 10:50 p.m. President Donald Trump seemed pleasantly surprised when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jumped to her feet with other white-garbed female House members and cheered something he said. The moment...