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Workers continue work raising a taller fence in the Mexico-US border separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration will be working in partnership in Mexico to improve safety and economic opportunity for both countries and will have "close coordination" with Mexico to address drug smuggling. It will set in motion the construction of his proposed border wall, a key promise from his 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

Trump's border wall hits budget woes

The bean counters are registering their own disapproval of President Trump's border wall, saying the cost alone makes it a bad idea. Published January 27, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., accompanied by other Senate Democrats, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Schumer to vote against Tillerson for State Dept. job

The Senate's top Democrat said Friday that he'll vote against President Trump's secretary of state pick, accusing former oil company chief Rex Tillerson of refusing to denounce Mr. Trump's policies and trying to mislead senators. Published January 27, 2017

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during a press conference at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) ** FILE **

Trump plan for wall on border sinks talks with Mexico

Relations between the U.S. and Mexico crumpled Thursday after President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled his visit to Washington next week, protesting President Trump's executive order to American officials to begin building his border wall. Published January 26, 2017

President Donald Trump, followed by Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, waves as he steps off stage after speaking at the Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump creates name-and-shame list to embarrass sanctuary cities

President Trump on Wednesday ordered the Homeland Security Department to begin releasing a name-and-shame list of sanctuary cities, listing the specific crimes such as murder or robbery committed by those who have been released back into their communities under the sanctuary policies. Published January 26, 2017

The White House said the executive order against illegal voting had to be delayed because of President Trump's late return to Washington from a speech to congressional Republicans at a retreat in Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

Watchdog sees need for election fraud probe

More than 140 jurisdictions across the country have more people registered to vote than their entire voting-age populations, according to a watchdog group that says there is reason to have the kind of investigation into voter fraud that President Trump called for Wednesday. Published January 25, 2017

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order for border security and immigration enforcement improvements after signing the order during a visit to the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump eviscerates Obama's immigration policy in two executive orders

With a couple strokes of his pen, President Trump wiped out almost all of President Obama's immigration policies Wednesday, laying the groundwork for his own border wall, unleashing immigration agents to enforce the law and punishing sanctuary cities who try to thwart his deportation surge. Published January 25, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington in this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

U.S. now rated as 'flawed democracy' by British analysts

The U.S. has been downgraded to a "flawed democracy" in the latest world rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which says while President Trump's election didn't cause the slide, it was a symptom. Published January 25, 2017

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. In a tweet Tuesday night President Donald Trump served notice he's ready to "send in the Feds" if Chicago can't reduce its homicide figures. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump to take first steps on immigration Wednesday

President Trump will sign a spate of directives Wednesday cracking down on illegal immigration and laying the groundwork for building his border wall, making initial headway on one of his most iconic promises from the presidential campaign. Published January 25, 2017

If confirmed as budget director, Mick Mulvaney will oversee the first blueprint from President Trump, who has made extravagant and conflicting promises. (Associated Press)

Feuds spell trouble for Donald Trump's first national budget

President Trump's pick to be White House budget director ran into a bipartisan buzz saw on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with Democrats blasting Rep. Mick Mulvaney's support for raising the Social Security retirement age and Republicans fretting that the South Carolinian would decimate the military -- both reactions serving as early indicators of the difficulties Mr. Trump faces in putting together his first national budget. Published January 24, 2017

President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democrats propose taking Trump's finger off nuclear trigger

Saying they fear President Trump with his finger on the nuclear trigger, two congressional Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would prevent the White House from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Capitol Hill. Published January 24, 2017