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President Trump, flanked by empty seats for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California met with congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Democrats move toward shutdown showdown by refusing to meet with Trump

Democratic leaders ignited a new shutdown showdown in Washington on Tuesday after they refused to show for what was supposed to be a bipartisan meeting with President Trump, trying to cut him out of negotiations as Congress faces a long to-do list before year's end. Published November 28, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Rep. John Conyers Jr. but on Wednesday put some serious distance between herself and the congressman. (Associated Press/File)

Pelosi now says she believes one of Conyers accusers

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday she has spoken with and now believes one of the accusers who've lodged complaints of harassment against Rep. John Conyers Jr., as the country's top female official tried to clean up the mess she'd left a day earlier. Published November 27, 2017

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney gestures as he speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on July 20, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump's pick would violate consumer bureau independence: Lawsuit

President Trump's move to put one of his own top lieutenants as the government's top Wall Street cop would violate the independence of the agency, the man's competitor for the job said in legal papers filed early Monday morning. Published November 27, 2017

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is in a battle to be temporary director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Trump named him within a few hours after outgoing director Richard Cordray made a move Friday to seat his own deputy. (Associated Press/File)

Trump vs. Cordray fight over CFPB chief goes to court

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will begin work Monday with two people claiming to be chief of the Wall Street policing agency, in what is shaping up as the latest battle between President Trump and the anti-Trump resistance. Published November 26, 2017

This Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange at sunset, in lower Manhattan. On Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, Donald Trump named OMB director Mick Mulvaney as the acting director of the federal government's Wall Street watchdog, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) **FILE**

Trump sets up clash with Wall Street watchdog over leadership pick

President Trump named the White House's top manager to be the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau late Friday, setting up a clash with the panel's anti-Trump bureaucrats who have named their own person to lead the agency. Published November 25, 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee during a series of early-morning raids on March 3, 2015, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump calls ICE union chief after complaints of betrayal

President Trump has reached out to the country's deportation officers and asked for a meeting after their union president, Chris Crane, wrote a letter expressing disappointment in the slow pace of change at Homeland Security. Published November 22, 2017

President Donald Trump in the White House Oval Office. (Associated Press/File)

Courts use Trump's pontificating to rule against his policies

President Trump's loose lips are becoming more than a political liability -- they are increasingly popping up in federal judges' decisions, providing courts with the ammunition they need to stop the president's agenda, particularly on immigration. Published November 21, 2017

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly (left) speaks as Chief of United States Border Patrol Ronald Vitiello, right, looks on during a meeting held at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego on Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, Pool) **FILE**

Nearly half of DHS uniforms bought south of the border

The Homeland Security Department buys more uniforms from Mexico and Central America than it does from within the U.S., a top watchdog said Tuesday, ducking the spirit of Made in the USA rules the government has on the books. Published November 21, 2017

Protesters of a travel ban gather in Union Square, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in New York. A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban takes effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Trump's original travel ban was chaos, inspector general finds

President Trump's original travel ban was disastrously implemented, the Homeland Security inspector general said in a new memo to Congress on Monday that concluded department employees illegally tried to prevent some people from the affected countries from even getting on planes to reach the U.S., despite court orders to the contrary. Published November 21, 2017