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Under investigation, Zinke out at Interior as Trump shakeup continues

10:59 am Dec. 15, 2018

Facing investigations by the Justice Department, his own Inspector General, and Democrats in the U.S. House, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post by the end of this year, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday, continuing the high profile staff changes since the elections in his administration.

“Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” the President tweeted, not

Panel sets January hearing on fraud in North Carolina U.S. House race

4:00 am Dec. 15, 2018

Insuring that North Carolina’s Ninth District seat will be vacant when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the North Carolina state elections board on Friday set a hearing for January 11, 2019, where officials will receive evidence on election irregularities focused on absentee ballot fraud which seemingly benefited Republican Mark Harris.

“State investigators are awaiting additional documents from parties subpoenaed in this matter and finalizing the investigation prior to the hearing,”

Congress passes plan to make lawmakers pay for sex harassment judgments

8:02 pm Dec. 13, 2018

Facing outrage from voters that taxpayer money was being used to pay for sexual harassment settlements against members of Congress involving employees on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms designed to force members of Congress to pay for any such judgments with their own money in the future.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), the head of the House Administration Committee, noted that the bill will

Federal deficit soars by $205 billion in November

2:13 pm Dec. 13, 2018

After starting the 2019 fiscal year with $100 billion in red ink, Uncle Sam added more than double that in the month of November, as the Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal government ran

House leaves town with no sign of deal to avoid partial shutdown

12:34 pm Dec. 13, 2018

With just over a week until funding runs out for part of the federal government, House GOP leaders said no votes would be scheduled until at least next Wednesday, with no indications of any active negotiations or solutions to the demand by President Donald Trump that he get $5 billion for his border wall in a year-end legislative spending package.

“Our schedule for next week remains fluid and subject to change,”

Undecided North Carolina race seems headed for new election

6:56 pm Dec. 12, 2018

With more evidence of election fraud still surfacing in the race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, the legislature in the Tar Heel State voted on Wednesday to give new powers to the state elections board, allowing the panel to call for an entirely new election – including a new primary – possibly allowing Republicans to field a new candidate for the seat in 2019.

No action on the race –

Amid Trump shutdown threat, Congress tries to wrap up work for 2018

4:00 am Dec. 12, 2018

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to force a partial government shutdown before Christmas if he doesn’t get $5 billion for a wall along the Mexican border, Congressional leaders were trying to clear the decks in the House and Senate for a final surge of legislative work in the 115th Congress, in hopes of getting lawmakers out of town before the holidays.

“With maximum cooperation, magic things happen at Christmas,”