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Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by Feb. 8
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Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by Feb. 8

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says “nobody knows” whether Republicans and Democrats can reach an immigration deal by a new Feb. 8 deadline. He says Democrats learned that shutting down the government won’t work. Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on...

Mallory Moench named AP Alabama legislative relief staffer
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Mallory Moench named AP Alabama legislative relief staffer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Mallory Moench has been hired by The Associated Press to help cover the Alabama Legislature and state politics. Moench is a multimedia journalist with experience on three continents. The 12-week assignment to the Montgomery legislative relief position was announced Monday by South Region News Director Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor...

Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours
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Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours

By ALAN FRAM, ANDREW TAYLOR and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the...

The Latest: Immigrant advocates skewer Senate Democrats
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The Latest: Immigrant advocates skewer Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Prominent immigrant advocacy groups are skewering Democratic senators for relenting in a fight that linked immigration changes to continued government funding. The youth group United We Dream says Senate Democrats who supported a deal to keep the government running through Feb....

Schumer’s ‘cave’? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader
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Schumer’s ‘cave’? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader

By JULIE PACE and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans tried to make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the face of the government shutdown. Now, he’s becoming the face of the Democratic retreat. For two days, Schumer, perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, succeeded in keeping his party unified in a bid to...

The Latest: Senate advances bill to reopen government
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The Latest: Senate advances bill to reopen government

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 12:55 p.m. It looks like the government shutdown will end soon. The Senate has advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation. The shutdown began Saturday after Democrats derailed a Republican measure...

White House says Trump focused on minimizing shutdown harm
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White House says Trump focused on minimizing shutdown harm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is focused on minimizing the harm Democrats are causing through the government shutdown. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that managing the shutdown is the “biggest part of the process” for Trump. She says the president is taking the “absolute opposite approach” from President Barack...

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‘Swampers’ release new instrumental recording

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — One of Alabama’s most famous musical groups is out with a new recording. The fabled Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section known as the Swampers has released a new, all-instrumental collection of its work. The CD was produced by Malaco Records of Jackson, Mississippi. The Swampers gained fame decades ago playing back-up for...

No deal reached, as moderates search for shutdown solution
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No deal reached, as moderates search for shutdown solution

By KEVIN FREKING, ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Restive Senate moderates in both parties searched for a solution to a partisan stalemate as they raced toward a late-night showdown vote and their last chance to reopen the federal government before hundreds of thousands of federal workers were forced to stay home...

GOP, Democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown’s 1st day
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GOP, Democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown’s 1st day

By ZEKE MILLER, ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending Saturday as Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate. The...