US government shutdown explained: Who works, who doesn’t?

Trump had said he wants $5 billion budgeted for the wall. A partial government shutdown could occur if there are no spending bills passed into law by Congress by midnight Friday.

Report: Trump signed letter of intent for Moscow tower

Kentucky House called into session by gov. adjourns without passing pension bill

Sen. Duckworth applaudes Senate passing prison reform bill

MO Rep. Smith speaks out about possible gov’t shutdown

New Kentucky lawmakers watch pension debate from sidelines

Missouri governor wants law for online sales tax collections

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  Judge agrees to postpone Flynn sentencing

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

Comey slams GOP, defends FBI after closed-door questioning

Russian disinformation campaign on social media extensive, ongoing, according to reports

Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown

Interior secretary Zinke to leave administration by end of year, Trump says

Sen. Durbin releases statement following judge’s Affordable Care Act decision

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a statement after a federal judge in Texas issued a ruling finding the entire Affordable Care Act.

MO lawmaker introduces Medicare bill for seniors

Rep. Jason Smith has introduced a bill to improve Medicare for senior citizens.

  Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Michael Cohen — who for more than a decade was a key power player in the Trump Organization and a fixture in Trump's political life — said he "gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty." Cohen spoke in an interview with ABC that aired Friday on "Good Morning America."

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it's unclear if they will be considered by the House — passage Thursday showed senators seeking to assert oversight of Trump administration foreign policy and the relationship with Saudi Arabia.

  As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

MO Sen. Claire McCaskill giving final speech at Capitol

Pritzker announces inaugural committee

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Judge asks Mueller for more info on Manafort allegations

Trump threatens gov’t shutdown in heated meeting with Dem leaders over border wall

  Deadline for ACA healthcare enrollment is Saturday

The Affordable Care Act enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. People who need coverage should go to to examine their healthcare options.

AR bill seeks to deter censorship on social media sites

A Trumann representative has proposed a bill for the upcoming 2019 session that would stop censorship on social media.

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

Hundreds of young demonstrators are planning to turn out Monday on Capitol Hill to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals — including a nationwide transition to 100 percent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years — that's collectively dubbed the Green New Deal

Trump confirms John Kelly leaving White House at end of year

Pres. Donald Trump said Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out.

Heartland farmer reacts to $20M grant for SEMO Regional Port Authority

Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. Jason Smith say the Southeast Regional Port Authority will get a $19.8 million grant through the Department of Transportation.

Missouri’s McCaskill spent $40M on unsuccessful campaign

Campaign finance reports show Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill spent roughly $40 million on her unsuccessful bid to keep her seat

  George HW Bush laid to rest in Texas

Pres. George H.W. Bush arrived at the presidential library in College Station aboard the Bush 4141 train, and is being laid to rest.

New medical marijuana law takes effect

Doctors and patients can now discuss medical marijuana as a treatment alternative.

Supreme Court hearing closely watched double jeopardy case with Russian probe implications

The high court is considering whether to overturn a court-created exception to the Constitution's double-jeopardy bar that allows state and federal prosecutions for the same crime.

GOP’s Hawley spent $11M on successful Missouri Senate bid

Campaign finance reports show Missouri's next U.S. senator Josh Hawley spent about $11 million on his successful bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill

Kentucky lawmaker wants to stop ‘robocallers’ from using phony numbers

Unwanted robocalls are the top complaints the FCC gets.

Former MO Lt. Gov. remembers President George H.W. Bush

Kinder remembers Bush’s tremendous energy.

President George H.W. Bush honored at state funeral; body returns to Texas to lie in repose

Family, friends, dignitaries and all the living presidents honored George H.W. Bush's live on Tuesday. "For us, his was the brightest of the thousand points of light," his son George W. Bush said.

GOP senators, White House clash after CIA briefing on Khashoggi murder

The White House and GOP senators are at odds over who ordered the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

Anchors Away: Legislation to bring Delta Queen back on the Mississippi River now law

The legislation allows the boat to operate from its new home port of Kimmswick, Mo.

Bush family returns to Capitol rotunda to view casket, thank visitors

The Trumps stood in front of Bush's casket with their eyes closed for a few moments Monday evening before Trump gave a salute. The former president will lie in state until services Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

IL Governor-elect Pritker appoints State Sen. Fowler to jobs committee

State Sen. Dale Fowler is joining Governor-elect Pritzker’s Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee.

Missouri HIV Justice Coalition applauds bills filed by MO Representatives

These bills were praised by the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition as ones that represent a bipartisan effort to modernize Missouri’s current outdated codes.

‘A great leader who made a great difference’: George HW Bush lies in state after eulogies from Pence, others

The 41st president has returned to Washington, DC, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday.

Dictionary mocks President Trump’s latest Twitter misspelling

In an angry tweet, President Donald Trump said former attorney Michael Cohen was getting off “Scott Free.”

Funeral services for George H.W. Bush to be held in Washington, DC, Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush will be interred Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum near his wife and daughter.

MO gov. signs order closing state offices on Dec. 24

Missouri state offices will be closed on Dec. 24.

Poplar Bluff police chief added as part of MO AG transition team

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley was named as an advisor.

Trump’s labor secretary criticized for negotiating wealthy sex offender’s plea deal

Epstein, a financier who counted Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, among his friends, was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls as far back as 2001.

Report: White House prepared to announce bump stock ban

Bump stocks gained national attention last year after a gunman in Las Vegas rigged his weapons with the devices to fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people.

Trump says pardon for Manafort ‘not off the table’

President Trump suggested in a new interview that pardoning Paul Manafort is a possibility.

Government shutdown looms over border wall fight

Congress has a little more than a week to avoid a potential government shutdown, and there's a big wall in the way.

Hawley to reintroduce duck boat legislation in Congress

Senator-Elect Josh Hawley plans to take up duck boat legislation in new Congress.

GM stocks plunge after White House threats

General Motors stocks plunged after President Trump warned he will cut all subsidies for the company if they lay off thousands of Americans.

White House reacts to Paul Manafort’s Mueller problems

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held her first briefing in nearly a month Tuesday, focusing on the Russia probe and new allegations against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Gov. Parson requests audit of MO DPS Director’s Office

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has asked for a state audit of the Missouri Department of Public Safety Director’s Office.

Special election for Mississippi Co., MO sheriff Jan. 29

A special election for the position of Mississippi County sheriff will be held on January 29, 2019.

Caravan migrants explore options after Tijuana border clash

Most were dispirited on Monday, a day after U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back some migrants who had breached the border. They saw the clash and official response as hurting their chances of reaching the U.S.

Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report

The National Climate Assessment report warned that natural disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming.

Candidate filings for Carbondale mayor, city council

The filing period for the 2019 consolidated election ended on Monday, November 26.

Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi refuses Mueller plea deal

Jerome Corsi, an author, political commentator and conspiracy theorist, said he's rejecting a plea deal from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Correction: Greitens' Donors-IRS Complaint story

Correction: Greitens' Donors-IRS Complaint story

Mexican officials: 39 arrested at US-Mexico border will be deported to home countries

The vast majority of the more than 5,000 Central American migrants, who have been camped out for more than a week in Tijuana, returned to their makeshift shelter to line up for food and recuperate from an unsettling afternoon.

  Trump pardoned a turkey named Peas for Thanksgiving

To honor Thanksgiving, President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named Peas on Tuesday.

2020 visions: Presidential potentials make power moves - yes, already

It's early, and the Democratic field is crowding with potential challengers to Trump.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson ends re-election bid after decades in Congress, concedes to Republican Rick Scott

Scott issued a statement Sunday saying Nelson "graciously conceded" their Senate race shortly after the state's recount ended.

Hardin Co. work camp bill passes IL Senate

Legislation to transfer ownership of the Hardin County work camp to Hardin County, Illinois passed the state Senate on November 15.

Carterville, IL woman accused of harassing Senators Duckworth, Durbin

A Carterville, Illinois woman is accused of making more than 200 “abusive” phone calls to harass Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin.

Judge rules on requests by Abrams campaign

Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim majority. But Democrat Stacey Abrams maintains that enough uncounted absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots remain to force a Dec. 4 runoff and keep alive her bid to become the first black woman i

Freshman class of 116th Congress invades Washington

The freshman class is in Washington learning how to govern in the nation’s capital and how to navigate the halls of power ahead of their official start in January.

Gov. Parson announces next MO Attorney General

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the next appointment for Attorney General on Tuesday morning, November 13.

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

State law requires a machine recount in races where the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. In the Senate race, Rick Scott's lead over incumbent Bill Nelson was 0.14 percentage points. In the governor's race, unofficial results showed GOP's Ron DeSantis ahead of Andrew Gillum by 0.41 points.

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

All 67 counties in the Sunshine State are facing a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to complete their recounts, and half had already begun by Monday.

Pritzker, Rauner to make joint appearance at IL 200th birthday celebration

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Governor elect J.B. Pritzker will make an appearance at the 200th Birthday Party on December 3.

Lawyer who sued Greitens nonprofit to run for Missouri AG

A St. Louis lawyer who tried to get the financial records of a dark money group associated with former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has announced that he is running for attorney general

Florida Sec. of State orders ballot recount in Senate, governor, cabinet races

Florida is once again at the center of election controversy, and the deeply purple state learned Saturday there will recounts in three key races.

Carbondale, IL political group rallies for change

The rally is meant to show support for Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Sen. Wallingford elected as assistant MO Senate majority floor leader

Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) has been elected as assistant majority floor leader of the Missouri Senate.

Governor Bill Haslam and Governor-Elect Bill Lee begin transitioning of power

As incumbent Tennessee governor Bill Haslam prepares to pass the torch to governor-elect Bill Lee, the pair said they’re positive about the future of the Tennessee.

Colorado voted to abolish slavery in their state – in 2018

Slavery was allowed in cases where it was punishment for a crime

Brian Kemp steps down as secretary of state after declaring victory over Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

Kemp has just above 50 percent of the vote. A runoff only happens if no candidate is above that percentage.

SIUC to offer new programs focus on cannabis

New programs focused on cannabis are coming to Southern Illinois University