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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

Lawmakers question multistep voting registration for felons

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

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Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

House speaker blocks income forecast changes for La. again

Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Exclusive with Ivanka Trump: White House says women are the key to global stability

  Early voting begins Saturday in 13 parishes

State Rep. seats in 13 parishes will be up for election.

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

  U.S. Supreme Court blocks La. law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges

The Supreme Court’s ruling, or lack thereof, is their first abortion decision since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the bench.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

New Mexico governor orders National Guard troops to leave border; accuses Trump of fear-mongering

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

  Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

White House: ‘Hysteria’ over Trump fuels inaugural committee probe

Federal prosecutors in New York issued the subpoena on Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

A spokeswoman says the committee intends to cooperate with the inquiry. She said the committee received the subpoena late Monday and was reviewing it.

Industrial tax breaks subject of first policy debates in governor’s race

Gubernatorial candidates are drawing some of the first battle lines ahead of November’s election.

Trump spends majority of workday in unstructured ‘executive time,’ report says

“Executive Time” is a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings. According to his leaked agendas, since the midterms, he spends most of his time doing these things and far less time on policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a re-election challenge within GOP

The initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.

Trump is latest to give State of Union at time of turmoil

President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil.

US pulls out of Cold War-era nuclear treaty, blaming Russia

President Donald Trump said Russia has been secretly developing "a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad."

Sen. Cory Booker announces he’s running for president

Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, already made stops in states associated with the presidential race. Booker said in December he is thinking hard about running for president in 2020.

Trump, Pelosi remain far apart on the border wall issue

Trump, who in recent weeks has expressed indifference to whether the term "wall" or something else is used, clung with renewed tenacity to the word that became his campaign mantra.

EBR mayor launches 15 Minutes with the Mayor initiative

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Thursday, Jan. 31 her new initiative, 15 Minutes with the Mayor.

Pelosi takes hard line against wall money in funding bill

Her remarks came after Democrats had signaled at least some flexibility in the talks on border security funding that began only Wednesday.

Trump says ‘wall’ must be part of lawmakers' border deal

A fresh, protracted crisis could make it difficult to tackle other upcoming business such as a deal to prevent automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of Union

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe case

Stone is expected to plead not guilty to charges that he lied to lawmakers, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn't think the negotiators will strike a deal that he'd accept.

Democrats uneasy about ex-Starbucks CEO’s talk of running for president

He's considering running as an independent, a prospect many worry could draw support from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shift on concrete wall, tariff myth

The president insists he never proposed a concrete wall, promoting instead a "see-through" barrier made of steel. That's a change on how he talked in the past.

Lawmakers writing bill to return ITEP to state control

Baton Rouge area legislators are drafting a bill that would return the state’s authority over the Louisiana Industrial Ad Valorem Tax Exemption (ITEP), according to a Monday release.

Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government

Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks.

Trump signs bill to end government shutdown, longest in US history

Trump announced the agreement to break the 35-day impasse as intensifying delays at the nation's airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the standoff.

  Lawmakers set new goals for criminal justice reform in 2019

Members of the Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council discussed and set goals Friday for criminal justice reform in 2019, including ways to expand and implement the state’s re-entry programs.

Legal machinations ahead of Louisiana abortion law date

There has been a week's delay in the effective date of a law requiring doctors at Louisiana abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals

Louisiana appeals court bars felon mayor from taking office

The felon who was elected mayor of the small Louisiana town of Ball has lost another round in his effort to move into the office

Failed votes, accusations of ‘crocodile tears’ and a ‘down payment’ offer from Trump as shutdown goes on

Federal workers will miss a second paycheck tomorrow as the shutdown is in day 34.

Rep. Graves teams up with other lawmakers to fight spam calls

Congressman Garret Graves is teaming up with lawmakers from Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina to form a task force dedicated to spam phone calls.

Secret Service members use special coins to commemorate gov’t shutdown, no pay

The perimeter of the coin reads “United States Secret Service Essential Personnel.” The back of the coin includes an illustration of the nation’s Capitol with a “closed” sign and the promise: “Don’t worry. You’ll get backpay.”

Commerce chief asks why furloughed gov’t workers using food banks during shutdown

Wilbur Ross' comments were the latest in a series of remarks by Trump officials about the shutdown that struck some critics as tone deaf.

Sen. Kennedy agrees with president that US needs to secure southern border

Senator John Kennedy was in Gonzales Wednesday speaking with the Rotary Club.

APNewsBreak: Pete Buttigieg joins 2020 presidential race

"Right now our country needs a fresh start," the mayor of South Bend, IN, says.

Democrats work on new shutdown compromise, as federal workers protest at Senate building

The offer is a possible path toward a compromise even though it does not have money for his wall.

Source: Mueller investigates link between Trump campaign, NRA

His team is asking questions about how President Donald Trump came to speak at the organization's annual conference in 2015, two months before declaring that he'd be running for president.

2019 to be big year in politics for Louisiana

The governor’s race in Louisiana this year isn’t the only item on the agenda in terms of politics. A handful of lawmakers will term out of their seats in the state legislature.

Senate agrees to vote on competing bills to end shutdown

The Republican package would re-open the shuttered parts of government and boost some spending. To try to draw more bipartisan support, it adds $12.7 billion in supplemental funding for regions hit by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

Salvation Army of Baton Rouge offering help to furloughed government workers

The Salvation Army in Baton Rouge is extending food pantry help to federal employees affected by the government shutdown.

Louisiana lawmakers tracking new anti-sexual harassment law

Louisiana state agencies have updated sexual harassment policies to conform to a new law, and lawmakers say they intend to keep track of how the provisions are working

Report: EBR parish attorney resigns

Lea Anne Batson has resigned after serving as East Baton Rouge Parish's legal counsel since 2015.

‘It’s not enough’: Victims group wants church leadership, AG’s office to push for statewide investigations of ‘pedophile priest’ allegations

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) continues to call for Louisiana’s legal authorities and church leadership to “take action” against priests in the Roman Catholic Church who’ve been credibly accused of sexual abuse of juveniles.

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers set to face another federal pay period without paychecks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring Trump's proposal to the floor this week.

King holiday draws out Democratic presidential hopefuls

As Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls are fanning out across the country to honor the civil rights leader

At 30-day mark, shutdown impasse remains over border funding

The criticism of his "compromise" from both Republicans and Democrats underscored Trump's boxed in-position as he tries to win at least some Democratic buy-in without alienating his base.

Louisiana town elects felon mayor, but can he take office?

When Louisiana voters enacted new restrictions on felons running for office, they inadvertently ensnared the small town of Ball in a new mayoral feud

Mueller’s office says BuzzFeed report inaccurate

The statement by Robert Mueller's office on Friday night doesn't cite any specific errors.

No rehearing for Louisiana abortion law

A divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision upholding Louisiana's law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals

Democrats said Russians tried to hack DNC after midterms

According to court documents, the Democratic National Committee said it was the subject of an attempted hack in the days after the 2018 midterm elections, probably by Russian intelligence.

Sen. Kennedy introduces legislation to make abortion based on gender a crime

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced legislation that would make it illegal to have an abortion based on the gender of the fetus.

Another budget battle brewing in Louisiana legislature

For the third time, House Republican leadership has objected to rosier revenue collection forecasts that would help Governor John Bel Edwards include certain campaign promises, like pay raises for teachers, in his first executive budget.

Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Cohen paid the head of a small technology company between $12,000 to $13,000 for activities related to Trump’s campaign, things like trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Trump’s favor

Amid shutdown, Secret Service agents absorb travel expenses while working without pay

With no paychecks in sight, many in the agency see bank accounts dwindling and short-term debt mounting, which itself creates a potential security threat and puts their jobs at risk.

Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

The nation's two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game of constitutional one-upmanship as negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown failed to produce results.

DCFS reports early issuance of Feb. food stamps for La. recipients complete

While January and February are already funded for food stamp recipients in Louisiana, future months are still up in the air.

Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant families

A report from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office finds that family separations were taking place before the spring of last year, when the administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy on the southwest border.

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

President Donald Trump signed a law on Wednesday guaranteeing back pay to federal employees who have been furloughed or working without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

So far, William Barr's comments have pointedly departed from Trump’s own views and underscored his efforts to reassure Democrats that he will not be a loyalist to the president.

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, appearing as one of the new Democratic majority’s first witnesses as they seek to provide more stringent oversight of President Donald Trump.

Gov. Edwards plans to work with Israeli company to boost cyber security in Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards is making good on a proposal to work with international groups to boost cyber security.

Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Nominee William Barr is expected to be confirmed, unless there is a major surprise during the hearing. It would be his second stint as attorney general.