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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.

Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women's conference

Ivanka Trump's advocacy for women and girls will take her to a women's conference in Berlin Tuesday, in an international outing she hopes will build global support for investment in women's economic empowerment programs.

NC governor's judicial pick marks small win in war with GOP

North Carolina's Democratic governor needed just 15 minutes Monday to replace a resigning Republican judge with an openly gay replacement on the state's second-highest court, the latest twist in his feud with the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

The Latest: Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges

The Latest on the arrest of a Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student (all times local):

Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments

President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal

The Chicago aviation police officer who pulled a man off a United Airlines flight describes the man as physically and verbally combative during the incident.

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.

Minnesota House to vote on abortion restrictions

Republican lawmakers sought tougher restrictions on abortions Monday with bills in the House that would bar the use of state funds for abortion services and create a state permitting system for abortion facilities.

The Latest: 2 condemned inmates served last meals

The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):

Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

Ann Coulter is now at the center of a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday against the University of California, Berkeley by students who say the school is violating their right to free speech by canceling the conservative pundit's speaking event on campus this week.

Baldwin encourages Perdue to visit Wisconsin dairy farmers

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has voted for President Donald Trump's pick for agriculture secretary and encouraged him to help resolve an international dairy dispute hurting Wisconsin farmers.

Holocaust survivors hail Allianz golf tourney sponsor end

Holocaust survivors on Monday celebrated the end of German insurance giant Allianz's sponsorship of a Florida pro golf tournament, saying it may boost efforts to collect some $2.5 billion in World War II-era policies issued to Jews that they say have gone unpaid.

Governor tightens regulations after boy's waterslide death

The death of a colleague's son spurred the governor in the often anti-regulation Kansas to toughen the state's inspection requirements for amusement parks on Monday.

Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life

The mother of a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers made an emotional appeal for her son's life Monday, telling jurors who are weighing the death penalty for him, "I want my son to be saved."

Black man punched by California officer files rights lawsuit

A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest.

Border wall, health care jeopardize bill days from shutdown

Partisan disputes over health care and President Donald Trump's border wall threw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy Monday days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.