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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., responds to reporters after officially postponing President Donald Trump's State of the Union address until the government is fully reopened, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The California Democrat told Trump in a letter Wednesday the Democratic-controlled House won't pass the required measure for him to give the nationally televised speech from the House floor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump seeks alternative as Pelosi revokes State of the Union invite

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she will refuse to allow President Trump to deliver his State of the Union address at the Capitol next week, sending the White House scrambling for other options -- and dragging the shutdown showdown to "petty" new depths. Published January 23, 2019

In this Oct. 9, 2018 photo, police office guards the main entrance to the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court is taking up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City's prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The court's decision Tuesday to take on the appeal filed by three New York residents and New York's National Rifle Association affiliate could signal a revived interest in gun rights by a more conservative court. The case won't be argued until October.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Supreme Court agrees to hear gun-rights case, rejects DACA one

The Supreme Court ducked taking a major case involving the Obama-era DACA program but did agree Tuesday morning to hear a gun-rights case, in what legal analysts said could be the final word on the court's schedule for this term. Published January 22, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters following a weekly policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Shutdown showdown votes slated for Thursday

Senate leaders scheduled a showdown on a pair of shutdown votes for Thursday, in what will be the first test of whether President Trump or Democrats have a stronger hand in the negotiations. Published January 22, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., right, walk to a meeting with fellow Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Senate GOP eyes nominations rules change fight next week

Senate Republicans will make an attempt next week to change the chamber's rules to reduce the obstructive power of the filibuster on presidential nominees, one of the party's leaders said Monday. Published January 21, 2019

During a training drill, Customs and Border Protection officials block the entrance to the San Ysidro port of entry. (Associated Press/File)

Trump yields on 3 immigration policies in effort to reach compromise on wall

President Trump's latest immigration proposal marks a retreat on three areas of policy in what the White House said was a "good faith" effort to try to break the gridlock that for more than a decade has thwarted every effort to strike a compromise on the thorny issue. Published January 20, 2019

"There is no amnesty in the president's plan and there is no pathway to citizenship," said Vice President Mike Pence about the proposed plan. (Associated Press)

Pence, Kushner: Immigration deal rests with Democrats

Chances for a broader immigration deal in the future rest on Democrats' ability to negotiate over the border wall and the government shutdown, top White House officials said this weekend. Published January 20, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's plan: Some wins for him, some wins for Ds, some middle ground

President Trump's new immigration proposal Saturday marked a retreat on three different areas of policy, in what the White House said was a "good-faith" effort to try to break the gridlock that for more than a decade has thwarted every effort to strike a compromise on the thorny issue. Published January 19, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Pelosi: 'Very irresponsible' to leak trip details

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed President Trump's team on Friday for leaking details of her plans to travel commercially to Afghanistan, saying he made the trip too dangerous for all involved. Published January 18, 2019