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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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In this Dec. 11, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meets with Democratic leaders in the Oval Office in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump threatens to blow up spending deal

President Trump lashed out at Congress Thursday, blasting lawmakers for failing to fund his border wall demands -- and throwing into doubt the chances of passing a bill to fund the government by Friday's deadline. Published December 20, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at left by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the Republican Conference chairman, speaks to reporters about the possibility of a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate passes bill to fund government, averts federal shutdown

Republicans backed down in their border security fight Wednesday and settled instead for a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government running through early February, avoiding a government shutdown and leaving the big fights for the new Congress. Published December 19, 2018

"Let me be clear. The Republican offer today would not pass either chamber," said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press)

Congress races to avert shutdown after Trump retreats on border wall

Members of Congress resigned themselves Tuesday to another short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and get the government through the holidays and into the new year after Democrats rejected a new Republican offer to give President Trump half the border wall money he's seeking. Published December 18, 2018

In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, a shooting instructor demonstrates the grip on an AR-15 rifle fitted with a "bump stock" at a gun club in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

Trump administration moves to ban 'bump stock' type devices

The Trump administration announced final steps Tuesday to ban "bump stock" add-ons that help rifles mimic machine guns, saying that even current owners of the devices will either have to hand them in to the government or destroy them. Published December 18, 2018

President Donald Trump meets with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., not shown, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

White House signals Trump may accept less than $5B for border wall to avert shutdown

As lawmakers search for a way out of the latest shutdown showdown, the White House signaled Tuesday that President Trump could get behind legislation that allocates $1.6 billion for border security and that they are exploring other ways to secure the full $5 billion that Mr. Trump is seeking for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Published December 18, 2018

The Capitol is seen at twilight in Washington, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Judge's ruling could make government shutdown even more costly

More than 400,000 essential government employees could be forced to stay on the job throughout a government shutdown -- even if they'd already planned to take holiday vacations. President Trump has demanded that Congress find $5 billion in new money to pay for more sections of his border wall plans. Published December 17, 2018

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and his wife Louise Linton, hold up a sheet of new $1 bills, the first currency notes bearing his and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza's signatures, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in Washington. The Mnuchin-Carranza notes, which are a new series of 2017, 50-subject $1 notes, will be sent to the Federal Reserve to issue into circulation. At left is BEP Director Leonard Olijar. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Federal deficit up 50 percent in new fiscal year

The federal government is already deep in the red just two months into the new fiscal year, with the Treasury Department announcing Thursday that the deficit surged more than 50 percent so far. Published December 13, 2018

President Donald Trump hold up hats that read "Make Our Farmers Great Again!" as he walks across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Evansville, Ind., for a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

House passes farm bill after pro-work provisions dropped

Congressional Republicans fell short Wednesday on their last, best chance to tighten work requirements for people receiving public assistance, after Congress cleared the farm bill without the new rules conservatives had sought. Published December 12, 2018

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, the speaker-designate for the new Congress in January, walks past reporters at the Capitol after a classified briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel to the House leadership about thekilling of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and, the involvement by the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The Senate is preparing for a possible vote on two resolutions to condemn Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House moves to derail anti-Trump Saudi efforts

House GOP leaders pushed a measure through their chamber Wednesday that will make it tougher for President Trump's critics to cut off U.S. assistance to the Saudi government in its proxy war in Yemen. Published December 12, 2018

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House Republicans roll out revised tax package

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady on Monday released a revised end-of-year tax package that includes tax relief for victims of recent natural disasters, delays or repeals several Obamacare-related taxes, and jettisons the extensions of many expired breaks that had been included in an earlier bill. Published December 11, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference to discuss Paid Family Leave legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio and Jeff Flake threatened on Sunday, Oct. 14, tough punitive action by Congress against Saudi Arabia, including a possible halt of military sales, if it's proven that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the country's consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia is warning of possible economic retaliation of its own if the U.S. acts. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Marco Rubio: Trump pardon for Paul Manafort would be 'terrible mistake'

Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday said it would be a huge mistake for President Trump to pardon Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's former campaign chairman who has pleaded guilty to financial crimes and has been accused of violating a recent plea deal by lying to the FBI. Published December 9, 2018