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The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump come at the very time that Capitol Hill usually tends to its mound of unfinished business. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pact reached to avert government shutdown through Dec. 20

- Associated Press

A top House lawmaker announced Tuesday that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings.

In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo Billy Ramos, right, fills out a job application with Adidas during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. On Friday, Nov. 1, the U.S. government issues the October jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) ** FILE **

U.S. added a solid 128,000 jobs in October despite GM strike

- Associated Press

U.S. employers added a solid 128,000 jobs in October, a figure that was held down by a now-settled strike against General Motors that caused several thousand workers to be temporarily counted as unemployed.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to the media with members of the Senate Republican leadership, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., McConnell, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, after their weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate spending impasse sets up shutdown fight

- The Washington Times

The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass appropriations for several federal agencies but remained gridlocked on a more contentious spending bill, setting up a government shutdown fight with the specter of an impeachment trial looming.

Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks as U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel appears before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Senate eyes stripped-down defense policy bill

- The Washington Times

The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday unveiled plans for a stripped-down, “skinny” version of the annual defense policy bill as lawmakers remain deadlocked on President Trump’s border wall and other divisive issues.

A woman enters a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles drivers license service center, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Hialeah, Fla. The U.S. Census Bureau has asked the 50 states for drivers' license information, months after President Donald Trump ordered the collection of citizenship information. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

- Associated Press

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers’ license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during a gun safety forum Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Cory Booker releases plan to combat child poverty

- The Washington Times

Sen. Cory A. Booker on Thursday released a plan intended to cut child poverty in the U.S. by about two-thirds that includes an “allowance” for families with children, expanded federal welfare programs and new benefits regardless of a person’s immigration status.

This June 12, 1962, photo shows Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Havana, Cuba.  (AP Photo/Tony Ortega) ** FILE **

Senators chide NEA for spending taxpayer money on Che Guevara portrait

- The Washington Times

Florida’s two senators demanded answers Tuesday after revealing the National Endowment for the Arts paid $45,000 for a traveling art exhibition featuring a portrait of socialist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, saying U.S. taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize the idolization of a man involved in “mass murder.”

In this March 9, 2015, file photo, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. speaks in Washington. Durbin is accusing Republican of putting Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee "in the back of the bus." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Democrats demand Pentagon probe Trump’s Ukraine aid delay

- The Washington Times

Democratic senators demanded Wednesday that the Pentagon’s inspector general investigate President Trump’s delay of military assistance money going to Ukraine, saying it appears to be part of Mr. Trump’s attempt to get Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential frontrunner Joseph R. Biden.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. attends a news conference of the Senate Democratic Leadership, Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, after their policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate votes to block Trump border wall emergency money grab

- The Washington Times

Senators voted Wednesday to rebuke President Trump and cancel his border emergency, saying he overstepped his powers in grabbing $3.6 billion Congress approved for military construction projects and instead spending it on his campaign promise to build a border wall.