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President Donald Trump, left, listens to a reporters question as FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, right, listen during a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FEMA warns about hurricane as D.C. press chases Trump scandal

A top FEMA official attempted Wednesday to warn people in the path of Hurricane Florence but instead had to shoot down reporters' questions about whether the Trump administration wasted disaster funds on its illegal immigration agenda. Published September 12, 2018

President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi upon his arrival to the White House in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Iraq reneges on travel ban deal with Trump, refuses to accept deportees

Iraq was the first country to earn its way off President Trump's travel ban last year, after the administration said it wanted to thank the Muslim nation for agreeing to start taking back its deportees whom the U.S. was trying to oust. But evidence has emerged suggesting that either Iraq has backslid or the deal was never what the administration said it was in the first place. Published September 11, 2018

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., confer during a news conference following a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration, on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2018. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House keeps on schedule despite hurricane threat

The House will still come into session this week to vote on major bills, including the first final spending bills of the year, braving the looming hurricane. Published September 11, 2018

In this Sept. 27, 2017, photo, a early morning runner crosses in front of the U.S. Capitol as he passes the flags circling the Washington Monument in Washington. Congress is considering letting President Donald Trump roll back some of the $1.3 trillion federal spending package as Republicans in the House and Senate get hammered politically by conservatives for having approved the big spending bill. Rolling back the funds would be a highly unusual move and could put some lawmakers in the potentially uncomfortable position of having to vote for specific spending opposed by a president from their party. It would also offer Republicans a way to save face. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Lawmakers move 3 spending bills forward for House vote

Negotiators reached a deal Monday on the first three spending bills for the new fiscal year, in what lawmakers touted as the best progress in a decade on making the annual funding process work. Published September 10, 2018

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, steward of the GOP tax bill, flanked by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., right, speaks after passing the Republican tax reform bill in the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans move to lock in cuts with Tax Reform 2.0

House Republicans announced legislation Monday to permanently lock in last year's tax cuts, looking to remind voters of the surging economy -- and the Republicans' role in getting it there -- in the weeks before the November elections. Published September 10, 2018

President Donald Trump walks off of the stage following a fundraiser in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

48 percent of voters say Trump is 'mentally stable': Poll

Americans are higher on the economy than they've been in years -- but still don't much care for the job President Trump is doing, according to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll, released Monday. Published September 10, 2018

Eric Conn was captured in Honduras and extradited in December. An extra 15 years in prison was added to his sentence for fleeing just before he was slated to testify in a trial against one of the doctors about his role in a massive Social Security fraud case. (Associated Press/File)

Social Security system ripe for major fraud, whistleblowers say

The man behind the biggest Social Security fraud in American history was given another 15 years in prison last week, for a total of 27 years behind bars — but those who helped expose his con say the legal penalties shouldn't obscure the very real problems they say led to the fraud, and that remain unfixed even now. Published September 9, 2018

A pair of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents look at tracks in the sand along the floating fence that makes up the international border with Mexico, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Imperial County, Calif. About 126-miles of border cuts through the Yuma Sector where thousands of families and unaccompanied children are continuing to cross into Arizona and California even after learning of the government's family separation policy upon apprehension. (AP Photo/Matt York) ** FILE **

Assaults on ICE, Border Patrol surge as illegal immigrants get more violent

Assaults on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents reached a decade high in 2017, and assaults on Border Patrol agents also have surged in recent years, according to government numbers that seem to support agents' claims that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally increasingly are looking to fight rather than flee. Published September 7, 2018

The Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington. (Associated Press)

Social Security's 'Conn' man gets 27 years in prison

A federal judge slapped an additional 15-year sentence on Social Security fraudster Eric C. Conn, giving him a total of 27 years in prison for his role in the largest disability con in history, and for his subsequent escape. Published September 7, 2018