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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to his office from the Senate floor on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

McConnell says Dems' wall reversal is sign of 'partisan tantrum'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats Tuesday of a "partisan tantrum," saying they backed border barriers many times before, and have only changed now that President Trump is the one asking for the money. Published January 8, 2019

Military members have placed razor wire along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the Pentagon says it has legal authority to build border fencing if it is deemed part of a counterdrug operation or part of a national emergency. (Associated Press/File)

Trump considers declaring national emergency to build border wall

President Trump said Sunday that he is considering declaring border security a national emergency and triggering presidential powers that would allow him to assign the military to build his border wall, and he promised a decision based on how shutdown negotiations go. Published January 6, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, as Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen listen, after a meeting with Congressional leaders on border security, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump says he sees path to end shutdown, says wall must be built

President Trump said Friday he and Democratic leaders are finally making progress on ending the government shutdown, saying they're now "all on the same path" -- though he didn't reveal any specifics that gave him confidence. Published January 4, 2019

President Donald Trump listens to members of the Border Patrol speak about border security, Thursday Jan. 3, 2019, during a surprise appearance in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House releases border briefing that Dems 'did not want to hear'

The White House on Friday released the border briefing President Trump to get Democratic leaders to see during a meeting earlier this week, saying the public should see the information behind the president's case for why he wants a border wall. Published January 4, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during a meeting with Democratic leadership in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Schumer: 'Trump is a terrible negotiator'

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer begged Republicans Friday to break with President Trump and vote to reopen the government without new border wall money, saying the president doesn't know how to negotiate. Published January 4, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures while speaking before a ceremonial swearing-in, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 in Washington, during the opening session of the 116th Congress. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

House Democrats ignore veto threat, pass legislation to end shutdown

Using their new majority, House Democrats passed legislation Thursday to reopen the shuttered parts of the government -- but Senate Republicans said the moves are a non-starter, and the White House issued a veto threat as well, signaling the partial shutdown will go on. Published January 3, 2019