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Former Obama administration officials must answer written questions under oath about the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks in Libya as part of a court-ordered discovery related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized email server, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch announced Tuesday.

Kirsten Gillibrand launches 2020 bid for the White House

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has entered the 2020 presidential race.

'Did pretty well': William Barr impresses Dems in marathon confirmation hearing

William Barr, President Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general, not only survived his eight-hour Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, but he left it with a strong chance of picking up some Democratic votes.

States to distribute food stamps early

The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, in order to comply with restraints from the partial government shutdown, will distribute February's food stamp benefits early.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told President Trump to give Democrats one more chance to strike a deal on the border wall and then declare a national emergency if unsuccessful.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Tuesday presented evidence to support its allegation that Paul Manafort breached his plea deal by lying — a large focus of the special counsel's investigation has been focused on the former Trump campaign chairman’s relationship with a Russian associate.

Commercial fishermen stand to lose billions from government shutdown

The government shutdown is jeopardizing jobs and tens of billions of dollars in revenue for the heavily regulated commercial fishing industry, a coalition of groups representing fishermen from Cape Cod to Alaska said Tuesday.

Sherrod Brown announces listening tour, not a 2020 campaign — yet

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will be launching a “Dignity of Work” tour in which he hopes to encourage Democrats running for president to embrace that narrative.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, bashed fellow GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Kevin McCarthy in an interview after the House passed a resolution that rejected all forms of hateful expression.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y., is expected to be one of several high-profile Democrats to join the House Financial Services Committee.

Estimated 30,000 Los Angeles teachers go on strike

Los Angeles teachers went on their first strike in three decades Monday, with an estimated 30,000 walking out following a breakdown in negotiations between the their union and the LA Unified School District.

PG&E plans bankruptcy as California wildfire liabilities mount

PG&E, the electrical utility threatened by possible liabilities in one of the deadliest wildfires in California history, told regulators Monday that it will seek bankruptcy protection as it grapples with safety improvements and payouts linked to its role in previous blazes.

House Democrats open wide-reaching investigation into Big Pharma

House Democrats are quickly intensifying oversight of the pharmaceutical industry, opening what may be one of the most significant investigations into prescription drug pricing in decades.

Harry Reid warns on Ocasio-Cortez's 70 percent tax hike: 'You have to be careful'

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is warning that the country isn't ready for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's push to raise the marginal tax rate to 70 percent, and he said U.S. voters don't want "radical change quickly."

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to the constitutionality of the CFPB

The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a legal challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dealing a setback to conservative and industry critics of the agency and granting the regulatory agency more certainty over its future.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the New York Times' bombshell report on a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump's ties to Russia only strengthens the argument that the FBI has no evidence of collusion against the Trump team.
President Trump angrily swore at acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in front of congressional leaders while he was trying to negotiate the reopening of a large swath of the federal government, according to a report.

Snowstorm deals DC area another government shutdown

As if a partial government shutdown wasn't enough.

Houston airport closes terminal due to TSA staffing shortage amid shutdown

The Transportation Security Administration closed a security checkpoint at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Sunday due to a staffing shortage stemming from the partial government shutdown.
President Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Sunday for a livestream she recently hosted from her kitchen, saying it would have been better received had she played up her claims to Native American ancestry.