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White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:01pm

The White House on Sunday pushed the federal government closer to the brink of a partial shutdown later this week, digging in on its demand for $5 billion to build a border wall as congressional Democrats stood firm against it.

Chaffetz: Message for migrants should be ‘don’t make this journey, it will kill you’

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 16th - 3:40pm

Jason Chaffetz says the message to Central American migrants thinking about trekking to the United States should be “don’t make this journey, it will kill you.”

Giuliani: 'Over my dead body' will Mueller interview Trump

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 11:48am

With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleased a fresh series of attacks Sunday on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel.

As Wisconsin's Walker exits, Vos ready to step forward

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 8:19am

His voice nearly gone following all-night negotiations, Robin Vos stood on the floor of the Wisconsin Assembly just after sunrise and calmly made the case for legislation aimed at taking power from the incoming Democratic governor.

Utah leaders, environmentalists react to Zinke resignation

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:39pm

Reaction to the resignation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was mixed in Utah. Members of the state's congressional delegation were complementary, but local environmental groups expressed ironic gratitude on the news of Zinke's impending departure.

Thousands of teachers march in Los Angeles as strike looms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 2:29pm

Thousands of teachers who may go on strike against the nation's second-largest school district next month marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:19pm

Rep. Beto O'Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in West Texas on Saturday where they said that 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day.

Salt Lake City seeking new council member as Kitchen departs for Utah Senate

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:34am

With the departure of Salt Lake City Councilman Derek Kitchen, Utah's capital city's governing body has a vacancy to fill.

Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites 'vicious' attacks

Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Brown and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:48am

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.

Democrat Sherrod Brown, mulling 2020, sets online town hall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:46am

Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator plans an online town hall Sunday as he considers running for president in 2020.

Federal judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 9:48pm

A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.

Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 8:37pm

A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador.

Sen. Orrin Hatch says his comments about Trump allegations were 'irresponsible'

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:09pm

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he regrets speaking "imprudently" and that his comments earlier this week about allegations against President Trump were "irresponsible."

Trump names Mulvaney 'acting' chief of staff

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:24pm

Mick Mulvaney will become the acting White House chief of staff at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Friday.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he is not running for re-election in 2020

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:22am

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he is not running for re-election in 2020.

Indiana mayor won't seek 3rd term, fueling 2020 speculation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:08am

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he won't seek a third term, fueling speculation he may run for president in 2020.

Ballot security was a worry long before disputed House race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:17am

Six months ago, election officials in rural North Carolina's Bladen County resolved to tighten security at their headquarters and protect the ballots stored there by installing an alarm and video cameras and securing an unlocked door that leads to another government office.

California DMV: 589 voter records not sent before election

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:00pm

California's secretary of state called Friday for new leadership at the state's embattled Department of Motor Vehicles after revelations of an error that could have prevented nearly 600 people from voting last month.

Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:21pm

An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled.