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Watchdog: GSA Ignored Ethics Advice on Constitutionality of Trump Hotel Lease

Inspector general blasts “unwillingness” to consider Emoluments Clause violations.

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The Citizenship Question Isn’t Quite Dead Yet

A federal judge held that the Trump administration’s desired change to the census violates the law, but the Supreme Court could review the decision.

Attorney-General Nominee Breaks With Trump on the Mueller Probe

Bill Barr attempted to assuage Democrats’ fears that he would be beholden to the president, but parts of his testimony still left them unnerved.

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10 Things to Know About Government Reorganizations

The “soft” stuff turns out to be the hard stuff.

The Spyware That Brought Down El Chapo’s Drug Empire

For months, the FBI listened as Mexico’s infamous drug kingpin allegedly trafficked drugs and arranged assassinations. Here’s how.

The air traffic controllers union is one of the groups that has filed a lawsuit.

Judge Denies Restraining Order in Shutdown Suits, Citing Potential for 'Chaos and Confusion'

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ordered an expedited schedule for a full hearing in the cases, with a hearing slated for Jan. 31.

The view through the border wall from Tijuana, Mexico, looking toward San Diego, where a Border Patrol agent rides along the beach.

Pentagon Could Claim Authority to Build Trump's Border Wall, CRS Says

Updated analysis by Congress's legal researchers predicts a court challenge.

President Donald Trump, left, listens as Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, talks about border security on Jan. 3.

Why Did the Border Patrol Union Switch Its Position on the Wall?

The NBPC once opposed “wasting taxpayer money on building fences and walls along the border.”

OMB's Shutdown Improvising Draws Fire from Budget and Legal Experts

Acting budget chief Vought has revived operations on tax refunds and food stamps.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the bill.

Senate Republicans Hatch Plan to Prevent Future Shutdowns

Legislation introduced by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and eight other Republicans would institute automatic continuing resolutions if Congress cannot pass spending bills on time.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said union is going too far in arguing the shutdown will lead to veteran suicides.

Cabinet Secretary Blasts Federal Union for Using Veterans as Shutdown 'Pawns'

Discussing veteran suicides in relation to the shutdown is "nothing short of disgraceful," department head says.

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Major Facebook Users Are Worse At Making Decisions

New research shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making.

If Trump Declares a National Emergency, Could Congress or the Courts Reverse It?

History shows that Congress can play an important role in checking a president's power.

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