Government Shutdown Begins And So Does The Finger-Pointing

By ZEKE MILLER, ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It was a striking display of Washington dysfunction,…

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Death Penalty Sought in U of ILL Chinese Students’ Disappearance

CHAMPAIGN, ILL (AP) U.S. prosecutors have told a judge they will seek the death penalty against a 28-year-old man charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China. Federal prosecutors filed a notice Friday with the U.S. District Court in central Illinois. It cites, among other factors, that Brendt Christensen’s alleged…

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Illinois Governor To Air Ad Of Rival, Blagojevich On Wiretap

By SARA BURNETT and JOHN O’CONNOR, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has reserved 30-minute time slots on TV stations across Illinois for infomercial-like campaign ads featuring FBI recordings of conversations between a top Democratic rival and now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The ads, which include 11 minutes of discussions between billionaire businessman…

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Congress Likely Racing Toward A Government Shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster…

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Amid Affair Scandal, Greitens Quietly Unveils Vague Tax Plan

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens issued a vague press release Thursday to outline a tax plan he hyped days earlier as the nation’s “boldest,” a muted rollout Democrats said proves the Republican’s administration has been disrupted by his acknowledgment of an affair and allegations of blackmail.…

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