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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to become House speaker in the new Congress next year, signaled Democrats will pick their battles as they look to fulfill the campaign promises they made. (Associated Press)

New political realities test Pelosi, Democrats in lame-duck session

The House Democratic leader asked her lawmakers Monday to search for "common ground" with Republicans over the next few weeks as they return to Capitol Hill for a lame-duck session of Congress, facing new political realities and a different set of urgent priorities. Published November 12, 2018

Migrants discuss their journey using a map posted inside the sports complex where thousands of migrants have been camped out for several days in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. About 500 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City on Friday to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one day more at a massive improvised shelter.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

ACLU sues to stop Trump asylum crackdown

The ACLU announced a lawsuit Friday to block President Trump's new asylum crackdown, saying he overstepped his powers and is breaking clear language in the immigration law. Published November 9, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs proclamation to block bogus asylum seekers

President Trump signed a proclamation Friday to block illegal immigrants who jump the southwest border from being able to claim asylum, hoping to deter at least some of the migrant caravans currently streaming north through Mexico. Published November 9, 2018

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., talks to campaign volunteers at a Democratic campaign office on primary election day in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

Kyrsten Sinema increases lead in Arizona Senate race

Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema took the lead in the Arizona Senate race in new numbers released by the state Thursday night, flipping the race from what had appeared to be a GOP hold. Published November 8, 2018

Julia Paley, of Arlington, Va., with the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, holds up a sign that reads "DACA Don't Destroy Dreamers Dreams" during a rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside the White House, in Washington on Sept. 4, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Appeals court rules against Trump DACA phaseout

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that President Trump and his team goofed in trying to cancel the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty for "Dreamers," saying that while they may have the power to erase the program, they must do it properly. Published November 8, 2018

Honduran migrant Luis Fernando Barahona looks at an ongoing catholic mass while a hairdresser cuts his hair at a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Humanitarian aid converged around the stadium in Mexico City where thousands of Central American migrants winding their way toward the United States were resting Tuesday after an arduous trek that has taken them through three countries in three weeks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

American lawyers rush to Mexico to help caravan

A team of American lawyers is being deployed to Mexico to help advise members of the new migrant caravan on their options as they try to reach the U.S. and, in many cases, to demand asylum. Published November 8, 2018

In this March 27, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pauses while speaking to members of the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  Sessions resigned Nov. 7, 2018. as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Dems announce probe into Sessions ouster

Top Democrats announced an investigation Thursday into Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ouster, and sent preservation letters to the White House ordering all documents to be kept as potential evidence. Published November 8, 2018

"Health care was on the ballot, and health care won," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, about the midterm election. (Associated Press)

Trump, Pelosi offer visions of bipartisanship after midterms

President Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted Wednesday that they can find areas of cooperation on infrastructure spending and health care, vowing to play nice just one day after voters split control of Washington between the two parties. Published November 7, 2018

House Democrats poised to investigate Trump administration

In just a single month this fall, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, called for his panel to subpoena the Trump administration over seven different investigations, including immigration and Obamacare. Published November 7, 2018