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The New York attorney general's office detailed what it called "a shocking pattern of illegality" and said the foundation's decision to shutter was "an important victory for the rule of law."

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Even a partial government shutdown would leave some 800 thousand government workers without pay over the holidays although many would remain on the job.

Why it just got a lot harder to get a proposition on California's ballot

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Hundreds of thousands of additional signatures are now required for a proposition to make the California ballot — making it harder and more expensive to place a measure directly before voters.

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Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl To Step Down, Leaving McCain's Seat Vacant Again

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Kyl previously retired from the Senate in 2013 and indicated his return would be temporary after Sen. John McCain's death. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a replacement to serve until 2020.

Trump Defends Hush-Money Payments In Fox News Interview

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The president says he never directed his onetime personal attorney Michael Cohen to do anything wrong. Cohen pleaded guilty Wednesday to making illegal payments before the 2016 election.

As Election Fraud Probe Centers On N.C.'s 9th District, A Cynical Cloud Settles In

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"We'll never have any decent people run for office again," said one lifelong Bladen County resident. The district might have to rerun the primary and general elections for Congress.

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Senate Poised To Vote To End U.S. Military Support For War In Yemen

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A bipartisan resolution directs the administration to end military assistance to the Saudi-led conflict. It draws on the Vietnam-era War Powers Act, marking the first debate on this war authority.

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Fifty-seven percent don't think demanding funding for the wall is worth the gridlock, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds. Many do not consider the wall a top priority for the next Congress, either.

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An "army" of enthusiastic campaigners, willing and wealthy donors, a slow tide of demographic transformation and a loathing for President Trump. All were factors.

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Deval Patrick passed on running for president this week, saying the campaign process is too "cruel." He's right — there are a lot of downsides to running for president.

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Election fraud happens, but not the kind President Trump talks about with people voting twice. It's most common with mail votes. Experts are warning of a backlash to a method 1 in 5 voters now uses.

Trump Golf Club Allegedly Employed Undocumented Immigrants

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Two employees worked with falsified papers at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, their lawyer said. The president has visited the club more than 70 times since taking office.

Poll: Republicans Are Only Group That Mostly Sees Mueller Probe As A 'Witch Hunt'

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Most Americans see the special counsel's Russia investigation as fair, but 7 in 10 Republicans don't — and are using the president's terminology to dismiss it, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds.

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"Time to walk the walk," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them." With new appropriations, other members may soon join her.

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The head of North Carolina's Republican Party says he would "not oppose" a new election in the state's 9th Congressional District if allegations of fraud by a GOP operative prove true.

Congress Punts Shutdown Fight Deep Into December

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Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are still fighting over President Trump's demand to include $5 billion for a border wall in the annual spending bill and have until Dec. 21 to get a deal.