WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators are nearing a deal that would offer President Donald Trump far less than the $5.7 billion he's sought for walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, as lawmakers race to prevent another government shutdown that's set to start a week from now. Two people familiar with the talks said the understanding among Republicans is that the deal would offer around $2 billion for border barriers. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private deliberations. Democrats disputed that figure.
WASHINGTON - Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker said Friday, Feb. 8, he has not spoken to President Donald Trump about the special counsel probe since taking the helm at the Justice Department in November. From the opening minutes of a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Whitaker was pressed by Democrats to explain his role in overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump met with a key Republican negotiator Thursday, Feb. 7, to lay out his demands for a border deal, as lawmakers sought an agreement to stave off another government shutdown. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters after meeting with Trump that he believes the president will support a deal bipartisan congressional negotiators produce - as long as it meets his parameters. Lawmakers face a Feb. 15 deadline when large portions of the government will shut back down absent a deal.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that the tumult involving Virginia's top three Democrats would help him carry the state in 2020 and said "far stronger action" would be taken if the politicians involved were Republicans. "Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia," Trump wrote on Twitter. "If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken. Virginia will come back HOME Republican) in 2020!"
Fixed mortgage rates sank to a 10-month low this week amid uncertainty about the health of the economy. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 4.41 percent with an average 0.4 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 4.46 percent a week ago and 4.32 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate hasn't been this low since early April.
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, D, said Wednesday he dressed in blackface during college, adding yet another scandal to the tumult that now engulfs the entire executive branch of state government. Herring, Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax - the state's three top Democrats - all face wrenching questions about past behavior that threatens their careers. The drama pervaded the state capital on one of the busiest days of the General Assembly, with emotional meetings behind closed doors and at least one lawmaker in tears.
WASHINGTON - As U.S. and North Korean negotiators rush to nail down logistics for a summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Vietnam this month, a key question remains unresolved: In which city will the meeting take place? U.S. officials are pushing for Danang, a coastal resort Trump visited in Nov. 2017 for a regional economic summit. Relatively isolated, Danang offers better security planning and keeps the focus squarely on the tough nuclear negotiations.
WASHINGTON - The House Intelligence Committee's new Democratic leadership will scrutinize "credible reports of money laundering and financial compromise" involving the businesses of President Donald Trump and those closest to him, the panel's chairman said Wednesday, in what will be one of several priorities as lawmakers open a fresh investigation into the president's alleged Russia ties.
Until last week, it seemed as though U.S. retail employment had recovered from its apocalypse - the wave of store closures headlined by last year's implosion of Toys R Us - and was nearing another record high. Then came Friday, Feb. 1, job report. Upon further review, the Labor Department revealed in its annual revisions, there were about 138,000 fewer retail industry jobs in 2018 than previously thought.
Ferocious wildfires that consumed entire California neighborhoods. Devastating hurricanes that inundated communities from Florida to North Carolina. Brutal hailstorms in Colorado and Texas. Tornadoes across the Midwest and South. A record deluge in Hawaii.