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  Mueller report: Congress, public await key findings in 2-year Russia probe

Mueller will be issuing no more indictments, meaning questions will swirl about the many elements of the investigation that did not result in criminal charges.

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

  Longtime Natchitoches sheriff says he’ll retire next year

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  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

Debate over hiring of 2 police officers stirs dissension in Minden

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Timeline of turmoil: How Virginia’s ongoing political scandals developed

A minute-by-minute timeline of the political controversies that have put the commonwealth in the national spotlight.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

  Petition aims to put alcohol proposal before Haughton voters Oct. 12

A petition is being circulated in Haughton to put before voters a proposal on whether to expand alcohol sales in the Bossier Parish town in hopes of attracting major grocers and restaurants to the area.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

Texas Senate panel advances $5,000 teacher pay raise proposal

The bill, which would cost $3.9 billion, received unanimous support from the Senate Finance Committee.

Edwards’ administration offers wish-list state budget

Governor John Bel Edwards will lay out budget plans from traffic projects to teacher pay raises.

  Sen. Kennedy discusses recent spending bill, immigration

A recent funding package was approved, avoiding a second partial government shutdown. However, that package was far less than requested for a border wall.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

Judge postpones Michael Cohen’s prison sentence by two months

Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, is also preparing to testify before three Congressional committees this month. Originally, he was to report to prison on March 6.

  Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

  Trump denies report saying he asked Whitaker to interfere in Michael Cohen investigation

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a New York Times report that he tried to interfere with the investigation of his former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Students push to lower minimum voting age in Oregon to 16

The students raised issues ranging from gun control, to climate change, to equality.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

  Vatican defrocks former American Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

Defrocking means McCarrick, 88, who now lives in a friary in Kansas after he lost his title of cardinal last year, won’t be allowed to celebrate Mass or other sacraments.

  Legal fights launched over Trump’s national emergency declaration

Several legal challenges to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to direct funds toward the building of a border wall have began or been promised.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

  High stakes with Shreveport trash fee proposal

There are major concerns about the future of a proposed sanitation fee for the city of Shreveport. It turns out, the stakes are far higher than people may realize, and far beyond just the cost of garbage pick up if city leaders cannot come to an understanding soon.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe.

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

  Arcadia’s new mayor hopes to move Bienville Parish town forward

At age 26, O'Landis "Bubba" Millican is Arcadia's youngest mayor ever and its first African American mayor. He hopes those milestones can help inspire the town's youths and show them that anything is possible.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

2 of Lt. Gov. Fairfax’s staffers resign in wake of sexual assault scandal

The two women accusing Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting them both say they’re willing to testify at impeachment hearings, while Fairfax has called for the FBI to investigate the claims.

  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes.

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

The U.S. has shown "no readiness or desire" to engage in substantive talks on extending the pact, which limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, according to a Russian official.

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests.

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

  Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer, but he also appealed to his political base with his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

  Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

  Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

Pact to award electoral votes to popular vote winner, regardless of who wins state, gains steam in 2 more states

Colorado and New Mexico are the latest states to advance legislation that would have them join a compact of 11 states that would pledge their electoral votes to the popular vote winner, regardless of statewide outcome.

  White House: ‘Hysteria’ over Trump fuels inaugural committee probe

Federal prosecutors in New York issued the subpoena on Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

A spokeswoman says the committee intends to cooperate with the inquiry. She said the committee received the subpoena late Monday and was reviewing it.

Trump spends majority of workday in unstructured ‘executive time,’ report says

“Executive Time” is a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings. According to his leaked agendas, since the midterms, he spends most of his time doing these things and far less time on policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a re-election challenge within GOP

The initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.

Trump is latest to give State of Union at time of turmoil

President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil.

  US pulls out of Cold War-era nuclear treaty, blaming Russia

President Donald Trump said Russia has been secretly developing "a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad."

  Sen. Cory Booker announces he’s running for president

Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, already made stops in states associated with the presidential race. Booker said in December he is thinking hard about running for president in 2020.

  Trump, Pelosi remain far apart on the border wall issue

Trump, who in recent weeks has expressed indifference to whether the term "wall" or something else is used, clung with renewed tenacity to the word that became his campaign mantra.

  Pelosi takes hard line against wall money in funding bill

Her remarks came after Democrats had signaled at least some flexibility in the talks on border security funding that began only Wednesday.

Bill proposes no pay for Congress, president during shutdown

The “Solidarity in Salary Act of 2019” would withhold pay from members of Congress, the president and the vice president during a government shutdown.

  Trump says ‘wall’ must be part of lawmakers' border deal

A fresh, protracted crisis could make it difficult to tackle other upcoming business such as a deal to prevent automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

  Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of Union

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe case

Stone is expected to plead not guilty to charges that he lied to lawmakers, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

  SPD hiring process under investigation

The issue of transparency for hiring inside the Shreveport Police Department is taking center stage.

  Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn't think the negotiators will strike a deal that he'd accept.

Democrats uneasy about ex-Starbucks CEO’s talk of running for president

He's considering running as an independent, a prospect many worry could draw support from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shift on concrete wall, tariff myth

The president insists he never proposed a concrete wall, promoting instead a "see-through" barrier made of steel. That's a change on how he talked in the past.

Conservatives say Trump caved but confident he’ll get wall

Trump said if he didn’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government would shut down again on Feb. 15 or he would use his executive authority to address what he has termed “the humanitarian and security crisis” on the southern U.S. border.

Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government

Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks.