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Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks to the media, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., about the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Dead Guatemalan girl becomes martyr in immigration battle

Democrats on Friday turned a 7-year-old illegal immigrant who died after a rough journey through Mexico into a martyr for their cause of blocking President Trump's immigration policies, saying he and the Homeland Security Department are responsible for the girl's death. Published December 15, 2018

In this July 11, 2018, photo, Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and Director of the Office of Management, listens during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mulvaney tapped as Trump's acting chief of staff

President Trump said Friday that he's tapped Mick Mulvaney to be acting chief of staff at the White House, adding yet another role to the man who's already his budget director. Published December 14, 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

A text message exchange between then-FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page showed a deliberate strategy in 2017 to leak anti-Trump stories. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Strzok, Page messages from Mueller probe lost after phone resets: IG

Investigators weren't able to find any text messages between fired agent Peter Strzok and former bureau lawyer Lisa Page from their time on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe because by the time their phones were recovered, they'd been reset for others' use, an inspector general said Thursday. Published December 13, 2018

In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Ranking Member Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. (Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Senate Democrats win first skirmish in fight to tighten campaign finances rules

Democrats scored a major symbolic victory Wednesday when they won a Senate vote to overturn new IRS rules meant to shield some nonprofits from having to disclose their donors, in what was the first post-election skirmish over liberals' plans to tighten campaign finance restrictions. Published December 12, 2018

Julian Castro forms 2020 exploratory committee as Dem race kicks off

Julian Castro, a Cabinet secretary during the Obama administration, announced Wednesday he's forming an exploratory committee to pursue a 2020 presidential bid, making him the highest-profile Democratic player to take that leap so far. Published December 12, 2018

Migrant family members move into a hole to cross under the U.S. border wall, aided by two local guides, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many Central American migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall illegally and hand themselves in to Border Patrol agents to request asylum. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

More than 3,000 illegals caught in one day: DHS

The government snared more than 3,000 immigrants who illegally attempting to cross into the U.S. in just one day last week, the Trump administration's top border official told Congress on Tuesday, saying the situation qualifies as a full-blown "crisis." Published December 11, 2018

In this Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., finishes speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Senate to vote on criminal justice reform this year

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that senators will vote on a slimmed-down criminal justice reform bill before Congress shuts down for the year, delivering what could be a major victory to President Trump. Published December 11, 2018

A Honduran migrant and her daughter stand on the beach looking toward the U.S. border wall, moments before suddenly squeezing through a gap and pushing through fencing to emerge on U.S. soil, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many Central American migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall illegally and hand themselves in to Border Patrol agents to request asylum. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Asylum claims soar 67 percent at U.S. border

The number of migrants demanding asylum at the U.S. border soared 67 percent in 2018, Homeland Security officials said Monday, swamping an already overloaded system and fueling a testy debate on Capitol Hill over how the government is responding. Published December 10, 2018