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Wisconsin Lawmakers OK Weakening Governor, Attorney General - Politico

Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers urged Republicans not to approve the bills during the lame-duck legislative session, warning that lawsuits would bring more gridlock to Wisconsin. | Meg Jones/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP

California Democrats ready new assault on Donald Trump

Legislature aims to rebuff the White House on immigration, health care, the environment and even the president’s tax returns.

Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in January

It is the latest sign that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election is going to carry into the new year.

The Trailer: How lame-duck legislatures are trying to affect the 2020 election

In this edition: Lame-duck state legislatures versus the right to vote, the House races most likely to go to special elections in 2019, and the end of the Avenatti dream.

Mattis And Pompeo Were 'misleading' In Khashoggi Briefing, Murphy Says - Politico

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo misled senators last week in a Senate-only briefing on the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Sen. Chris Murphy asserted on Wednesday, the result of having to tiptoe around President Donald Trump's refusal to pin blame for the killing on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Republican Brad Raffensperger leads in runoff election for Georgia secretary of state

Democrat John Barrow, who trailed in early returns, foundered in his effort to force changes to the state’s strict voting laws.

13 Trump entities being subpoenaed in case targeting president’s D.C. hotel, potentially revealing private details of his business

The attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia are seeking financial records and other documents as part of a lawsuit alleging that President Trump’s business violates the Constitution’s ban on gifts or payments from foreign governments. Also receiving subpoenas are federal agencies that may have some information about Trump’s hotel, which operates in […]

How President Trump twists government data to suit the political moment

Data is merely a weapon to be used to make a rhetorical point, rather than information that might inform policymaking.

Deval Patrick To Announce He Won’t Run For President, Sources Say - Politico

A close ally of former President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick rejoined the private sector at Bain Capital after serving two terms. | Steven Senne/AP Photo

What To Expect For George H.w. Bush’s Funeral - Politico

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush lies in state at the Rotunda of the Capitol. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

POLITICO Playbook: The national day of mourning

And Senate Democrats demand details from the DOJ on any conflicts of interest for the acting attorney general.

Deval Patrick to Announce He Will Not Run for President in 2020

Mr. Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts, had been discussing a possible run with associates and had been actively traveling around the country to support Democratic candidates.

Republicans Keep Control of Georgia Elections With Runoff Victory

Voters chose Brad Raffensperger as secretary of state over John Barrow, a Democrat who had promised to overhaul policies that liberals say suppress minority voting.

Flynn Was a Key Cooperator and Deserves Little Prison Time, Mueller Team Says

Mr. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential transition.

On Politics: After Briefing, Senators Say Saudi Princeâ

Senators said a closed C.I.A. briefing only solidified their belief that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.

Wisconsin Republicans shield their voters from the horrors of democratic elections

The point of democracy is that you sometimes don’t get your way.

Mueller Says Flynn Gave ‘substantial Assistance’ To Russia Probe, Recommends No Prison - Politico

Flynn participated in 19 interviews with the special counsel and other Justice Department prosecutors and aided in multiple probes, Mueller said in a heavily redacted filing that offered limited insight into the information Flynn provided.

Senate Democrats Demand Details From Doj On Any Conflicts Of Interest For Whitaker - Politico

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George H.W. Bush honored by past presidents and family at state funeral

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania took their seats alongside the Obamas, Clintons and Carters.

Trump To Attend Army-navy Football Game, White House Says - Politico

President Donald Trump played football and baseball while a student at the New York Military Academy boarding school. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Trump Tries To Boost Confidence In Truce On China Trade War - Politico

President Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend that China had agreed to roll back and remove steep tariffs on U.S. auto imports. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

George H.W. Bush funeral: Mourners to include all living U.S. presidents

Services for the nation’s 41st president are set to begin at 11 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral.

Sen. Capito: We’re ‘well Aware’ Of A Lack Of Republican Women In Congress - Politico

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says women while Republican women aren't breaking through at the state and federal level, they are making progress at the local. | Jenny Ament/POLITICO

America Will Suffer Without A New Nafta, Top Canadian Official Says - Politico

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On Washington: A Funeral for a President, and a Fleeting Unity for a Nation

The highly choreographed spectacle, a fitting bookend to the heavily scripted inaugural ritual, offers Americans a welcome chance for reflection.