‘Will I get my tax refund? Are the national parks open?’ Your questions about the federal government shutdown — answered

(CNN)The partial federal government shutdown is now the longest ever — with no end in sight. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Your guess is as good as ours. President Donald Trump and lawmakers are still locked in a standoff over Trump’s demand that Congress allocate $5.7 billion to build a wall at the US-Mexico…

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Obamacare sign-ups dip only slightly despite GOP attacks

(CNN)Once again, Obamacare has proved surprisingly resilient. Americans have continued signing up for coverage despite repeated efforts by Republicans to undermine the law. The Trump administration has also pulled back its support of Obamacare, while making it easier for consumers to buy cheaper alternatives. The final day of this year’s…

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Democrats prepare for tax return showdown with defiant Trump

(CNN)House Democrats are carefully laying the groundwork to obtain President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns in the new Congress, hoping to build public support for their effort as they prepare to confront a defiant President. “We will fight it in court and I think we would win unless they had…

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Why Trump can’t count on the Supreme Court to kill Obamacare

Washington (CNN)The Affordable Care Act that Congress passed in 2010 was decades in the making, an effort to control rising health care costs and provide insurance to millions of Americans. The US Supreme Court twice upheld it, emphasizing that history, and the law survived countless attempts by Republicans to repeal…

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Sen. Lamar Alexander will not seek re-election in 2020

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced Monday that he will not seek another term. The retirement sets up a wide-open Republican primary in a state where the GOP is dominant. One potential candidate is outgoing GOP Gov. Bill Haslam. He passed on a run for Bob Corker’s Senate seat in…

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US teamed up with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to weaken language supporting landmark climate report

Washington (CNN)The United States sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait over the weekend at a global climate summit to contest language supporting a landmark climate report on limiting global warming. A State Department spokesperson said that the US response was not “pre-discussed” with the three other nations. The Washington…

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Here’s the political news you missed this holiday weekend

Washington (CNN)For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to unplug from the news of the day and enjoy a home-cooked meal with family and friends. In a striking break with tradition, the President used his Thanksgiving morning call with troops stationed around the world to weigh in on…

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Record 14,000 unaccompanied immigrant children in US custody, HHS confirms

Washington (CNN)A record number of unaccompanied immigrant children, about 14,000, are currently in US custody, a Health and Human Services spokesman said Friday. Last spring, the Trump administration heightened scrutiny of adults coming forward to take care of the immigrant children, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement now conducts exhaustive screenings…

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Photo surfaces of Cindy Hyde-Smith posing with Confederate artifacts

(CNN)Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith posed with Confederate artifacts in photos from 2014 that emerged Tuesday, the latest in a series of controversial moments for the freshman Republican senator who is facing a run-off next week. Mississippi was one of the southern states that seceded from the United States prior to…

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Justice Ginsburg hospitalized after fracturing ribs in fall

Washington (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after falling in her Supreme Court office Wednesday night, the Supreme Court said in a statement. How RBG became an equal rights icon Ginsburg was not present at Thursday’s investiture of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s appointee confirmed last month that gave the…

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Biden bemoans ‘how demeaning’ politics has become

Philadelphia (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden lamented the “demeaning” nature of today’s politics while presenting an award to President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush in Philadelphia on Sunday. Biden, a frequent Trump critic, is considered a likely Democratic candidate for president in 2020, which could mean…

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