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The 43-year-old lawmaker is the second African-American to enter the contest to take on Trump.
A day after Trump suggested that the heads of the CIA, FBI, and other intelligence agencies needed to "go back to school," he praised them on Twitter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he is open to supporting bipartisan efforts to prevent future shutdowns.
The party's 2020 candidates are figuring out how far to go in overhauling the system.
The former Starbucks CEO's potential independent presidential candidacy has gotten off to a very rocky start.
Analysis: Senate testimony reveals deep divide between U.S. intelligence agencies and President Trump.
The former NYC mayor is weighing a 2020 presidential bid as a Democrat and sounding off.
Versions of a "wealth tax" proposed by the 2020 hopeful have been put in place in a number of countries. Most have gotten rid them.
Trump tweeted: "A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction."
Stone was arrested Friday after a grand jury indicted him on a count of "obstruction of proceeding," five counts of making false statements and a count of witness tampering.
DNI chief Dan Coats also noted that U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons.
The larger the third-party vote in 2020, the lower winning percentage Trump needs for re-election.
The heckler called Schultz an "egotisical billionaire a------" and said he should "go back to getting ratioed on Twitter."
The committee is stacked with eager, media-friendly Democrats hungry to rein in President Trump.
"It's going to take a time for them to clean up the wreckage and get the money out the door," said one housing advocate.
The lawyer for Trump's former attorney said last week that his client was delaying his public testimony due to threats from Trump and others.
The U.S. announced sanctions Monday against Venezuela's state-owned oil company amid a constitutional power struggle in that nation.
Of that $11 billion hit, $3 billion is gone forever, a Congressional Budget Office report found.