House votes to end government shutdown

UPDATE 5:35 a.m.: The House voted to end the brief federal government shutdown, passing a sweeping bipartisan budget bill that funds the government through March 23 and lifts stiff spending caps. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it quickly into law. Story Continued Below The measure faced opposition from the right and left, but lawmakers were loath to continue another shutdown and many were eager to see higher spending on defense and domestic programs. ORIGINAL STORY: Washington stumbled into another federal government shutdown at midnight Thursday, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky refused to allow a vote on
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Senate Passes Budget Bill to Raise Spending and Reopen Government

“I think the country’s worth a debate until 3 in the morning, frankly,” he said. Senate leaders were left helpless. “I think it’s irresponsible,” said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, lamenting what he described as “the act of a single senator who just is trying to make a point but doesn’t really care too much about who he inconveniences.” Mr. Paul’s ideological opponents were not buying his fiscal rectitude either. Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, posted on Twitter: “Rand Paul voted for a tax bill that blew a $1.5 trillion hole in the budget.
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House Dem opposition mounts to budget deal

Following the lead of Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is ‘un-American’ Rep. Gutiérrez: ‘Complete betrayal’ if Pelosi backs budget caps deal without DACA Senate leaders say they’re zeroing in on two-year budget deal MORE (D-Calif.), a growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats are saying they will oppose a budget deal unless they get a commitment from Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell: ‘Whoever gets to 60 wins’ on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight – House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade
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CPS cancels Friday classes as city braces for 24-hour storm expected to dump up to 14 inches

A powerful winter storm that could bring up to 14 inches of snow to some areas was bearing down on Chicago and the suburbs late Thursday, leading city and transportation officials from around the region to sound an alarm over deteriorating road conditions while public transit officials braced for the worst. Chicago Public Schools called off classes for Friday, joining a host of suburban districts that decided on a snow day for students. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service called for between 8 and 14 inches of snow, with the first flakes falling early Thursday evening — sparing
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NBA Trade Deadline 2018: Rodney Hood, George Hill traded to Cavaliers in 3-team deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers have landed Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood and Sacramento Kings veteran guard George Hill as part of a three-team trade two hours before the 2018 NBA trade deadline. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers have sent Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah, and the Jazz have sent veteran guard Joe Johnson to the Kings. Cleveland also sends Iman Shumpert to Sacramento as part of the deal. UPDATE: The Cavaliers have also traded Dwyane Wade to Miami. The move comes just moments after the Cavaliers traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and their own 2018 first-round pick
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Winter storm warning: ‘Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during morning commute’

The Chicago area is under a winter storm warning from Thursday evening through Friday night, with the National Weather Service warning that “travel will be very difficult to impossible at times, including during the morning commute.” Much of the area should see 6 to 10 inches of snow between 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday, though some areas to the north of the city could get hit with a foot of snow while areas to the south could get almost nothing. “Around 50 miles could be the difference between a foot of snow and very little to nothing,” the
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North Korea holds military parade ahead of Winter Olympics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju were hailed at the parade North Korea has held a military parade attended by leader Kim Jong-un, a day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South. The North often boasts of its parades but reports of this surfaced afterwards with TV airing delayed footage. This event is usually held in April and moving it had been seen as a setback to the warming of ties over the Olympics. But the South announced on Thursday its president would meet the North’s Olympics delegation
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Texas police in standoff with suspected cop killer after earlier shooting

Richardson police close off roads while responding to a report of a disturbance call.  (Richardson, Texas Police Department) A Texas police officer was fatally shot Wednesday while responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex in the city of Richardson, which is just south of Plano. The suspected gunman has been cornered at the Breckinridge Point apartment complex and police were negotiating his surrender, according to the Dallas Morning-News. Officers at the scene were reportedly deploying gas canisters in an attempt to force the suspect out. The Richardson Police Department did not immediately identify the officer’s name as authorities work
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North Korea says no plans to meet U.S. officials at Olympics; Washington seeks more sanctions

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has no intention of meeting U.S officials during the Winter Olympics that start on Friday, the KCNA news agency reported, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons program. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who described North Korea as the world’s most tyrannical regime on Wednesday, flies in to South Korea on Thursday ahead of the opening ceremony in the mountain resort of Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily armed border with North Korea. The ceremony will also be attended by a senior delegation of
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Nancy Pelosi’s filibuster-style speech tops six hours in bid to force immigration votes

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the rare step Wednesday of giving a marathon speech supporting Democrats’ attempts to legalize the status of young immigrant “dreamers,” in a bid to pressure Republicans to act. Pelosi (D-Calif.) began talking shortly after 10 a.m., using her right as minority leader to speak for as long as she wants. She began by saying that she would lead opposition to a broad two-year budget agreement that includes several Democratic priorities but does not address immigration — the topic that has prolonged the spending debate for several months. “I have no intention of yielding back,”
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