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Trump takes hard line on wall, as threat of a shutdown looms

If it is built, the biggest challenge for President Donald Trump's wall may be private land holders in Texas, including Charles "Dob" Cunningham, whose 800-acre ranch is located a quarter of a mile from the Rio Grande. Cunningham voted for Donald Trump and agrees with the president's desire to secure the border. But he opposes Trump's plan to build a border wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, saying it won't work along the Rio Grande because of flooding.

Democrats oppose any money for the border wall, setting the stage for a last-minute showdown as the White House and lawmakers scramble to pass a stopgap bill before funding expires at the end of Friday.

Trump aides struggle to clarify policy on 'dreamers' and deportation

FILE -- Silvia Maceda, left, and Gloria Mendoza, both in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, at a protest of President Donald Trump's executive order halting the immigration of nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries, at Battery Park in New York, Jan 29, 2017. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly indicated that children of undocumented immigrants would not be targeted by the administration.

Ohio governor, ex-GOP presidential candidate, publishes book

A new book by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) looks at what Kasich calls the positivity of his presidential campaign compared with the election cycle's negativity.

The Latest: US general suggests Russia arming Taliban

The Latest on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to Afghanistan (all times local):

US stocks follow global markets higher after French election

U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally Monday morning after election results in France over the weekend raised expectations that the European Union and euro currency will remain intact. A candidate seen as pro-business won the most votes in Sunday's vote, and many investors expect him to win a runoff election against the remaining anti-EU candidate, which is set for May 7.

Bills to fight homelessness in Wisconsin up for vote

Proposals designed to fight homelessness in Wisconsin are up for a vote before the Legislature's budget committee.

Justices won't hear challenge to Alabama campaign law

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to Alabama's ban on the transfer of campaign contributions between political action committees.


Dayton open to approving transportation plan without raising gas tax
Hot Dish Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton said that if the Legislature passes a 'satisfactory' transportation budget bill without a gas tax, he would be inclined to sign it into law.

Governor to lawmakers: Kill transparency measures
Secrecy Rules

Two measures sought by government openness advocates are criticized by Gov. Mark Dayton.


Trump administration to issue new Syria sanctions

U.S. officials say the Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it.


Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different'

For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.


The Latest: Obama to lead student discussion in Chicago

The Latest on former President Barack Obama's first public event since leaving office (all times local):


The Latest: Dems say no shutdown if Trump relents on wall

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):


New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, making the city the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.


Haley warns NKorea about attacking US base or testing ICBM

The United States could strike North Korea if it attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador said Monday.


Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.


Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.


High court won't hear appeal over CIA torture report

The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal seeking to force the CIA to release the full 2014 Senate report about the agency's use of harsh interrogation tactics.


With budget deadline looming, Trump seeks border wall money

With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown.