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Sen. Kennedy Won't Run For Governor Of Louisiana - Politico

"I love being in the United States Senate. I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2019," Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said. The Senate is "where I think I can do the most good." | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump Says China Relations Took 'big Leap Forward' Following Trade Pact - Politico

President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and members of their delegation held a dinner meeting with China's President Xi Jinping and Chinese government representatives at the end of the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Trump Claims Spending Money On Border Wall Will Save U.S. 'billions' - Politico

President Donald Trump has in recent weeks dangled the threat of shutting down the border as groups of asylum-seeking migrants traveled from Central America with the aim of coming to the U.S. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Trump Asks South Korean President To Deliver 'friendly' Message To Kim Jong Un - Politico

At the G-20 summit in Argentina over the weekend, President Donald Trump discussed the issue of North Korea with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. | Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

The nation mourns a president

George H.W. Bush departed Houston on Monday as the nation's capital readies itself for the solemn and intense task of honoring the first president to be laid to rest in over a decade. By the time he returns to his home state on Thursday, Bush will have laid in state in the Capitol and been honored with a state funeral and a national day of mourning.

Trump Urges Maximum Sentence for Lawyer Who Turned on Him

Michael D. Cohen is cooperating with the special counsel, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign had any ties to Russian election interference.

POLITICO Playbook PM: BREAKING: Dem leaders signal support for stopgap funding bill

And Washington prepares for a Capitol ceremony in honor of former President George H.W. Bush this afternoon.

Trump Urges Court To Throw The Book At Michael Cohen - Politico

President Donald Trump's team has lambasted Cohen for cooperating with federal investigators and attempting to lower his prison time. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trump: Roger Stone Has 'guts' For Not Testifying Against Me - Politico

President Donald Trump on Twitter denounced Mueller's investigation into whether Russia colluded with Trump's presidential campaign, claiming without evidence that the special counsel "only wants lies." | Daniel Jayo/Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the possible government shutdown that may be coming this month

Former president George H. W. Bush's funeral may push off the fight, but before the end of the year, Congress will need to pass seven spending bills to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Newsom Vows To Withdraw Guard From Border, Seeks Help For Humanitarian Crisis

Newsom has suggested he would take a far more interactive approach with the Mexican government and revive commissions and trade offices. | Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

Guidance for federal employees issued on government closure Wednesday

Most federal employees will be excused from work Wednesday as the government closes for the national day of mourning in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

Trump Wants 'meaningful Halt' In Arms Race With Russia, China - Politico

President Donald Trump has long pledged to strengthen the U.S. military but has also complained often about spending on a government-wide basis. | Daniel Jayo/Getty Images

On Politics: A Trade War Truce

The United States and China paused their economic battle, and lawmakers considered postponing a fight over a spending bill to mourn a former president.

Lawmakers Discuss Deal to Push Back Shutdown Deadline While Mourning Bush

With President Trump’s apparent blessing, lawmakers are considering a one- or two-week spending bill to set aside negotiations until after former President George Bush’s funeral.


From Bernie Sanders to Elizabeth Warren to Kamala Harris, the emerging 2020 Democratic field Is taking a new approach to the early presidential campaign.

Lawmakers, Activists Pressure Pompeo On 'genocide' Declaration - Politico

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The Health 202: As medical community speaks out on gun violence, Democrats vow to push legislation

The AMA has called for stronger state background checks.

Republicans’ hard-line stance on immigration may alienate millennials for years

On every measure, millennials are more pro-immigration than other voters.

The Energy 202: Senate Republicans are sounding more and more like Trump on climate change

The dismissal of climate science is actually out of step with the party's voters.

POLITICO Playbook: Two sides tussle over govâ

And President Donald Trump indicates that trade tensions with China may be further softening.

The Guide To Hot-and-cold U.s.-china Trade Relations - Politico

The Trump administration is promising to increase tariffs on roughly $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent on Jan. 1. | Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

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President Trump has repeatedly claimed no one close to him had contacts with Russia — or at least that he knew about.

Michelle Obama To Skip European Book Tour Stops For Bush Funeral - Politico

Former first lady Michelle Obama announced Sunday she would skip two upcoming European stops on her book tour to attend the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush.

Feds Plan Unusual Appeal In Emoluments Suit Vs. Trump - Politico

The Trump Organization has pledged to donate to the U.S. Treasury any profits from hotel business with foreign governments, but there is little transparency about how those amounts are calculated.