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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...

Trump still coy on border deal - but claims victory anyway

Feb. 14, 2019 1:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers formally completed a bipartisan border security pact late Wednesday and President Donald Trump labored to frame it as a political win, even though it contains only a fraction of the billions for a "great, powerful wall" that he's been demanding for months. Trump...

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....

The Latest: Trump appears to be ready to accept budget deal

Feb. 12, 2019 7:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional border security negotiations and President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:10 p.m. President Donald Trump appears to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of...

Analysis: Missing piece in Trump's wall is GOP support

Feb. 12, 2019 6:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress never really wanted to build the wall. It wasn't a priority like tax cuts, which are a raison d'être of Republican domestic policy. And it wasn't their own campaign pledge to voters, like the vow to repeal and replace Obamacare that became hard to keep....

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

Feb. 12, 2019 10:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement 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 desperate to...

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

Feb. 12, 2019 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement 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 desperate to...

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...