A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
The California senator — the first African-American to formally enter the 2020 fray — made the announcement on morning television on MLK Day, jumping into what is likely to be a crowded Democratic primary field.
As the only black Republican in the Senate, Scott has emerged as a crucial voice for the party on issues that have plagued the GOP for decades.
With a crowded Democratic primary field in the making, a pair of wealthy-beyond-belief candidates might add their names to the long list.
"One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was 'Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy," the vice president said.
Schiff said "we've given Michael Cohen a date that we'd like him to come in either voluntarily or, if necessary, by subpoena."
Giuliani said it would be "perfectly normal" if Trump had talked to Cohen about his testimony to Congress
Prospective Democratic voters quizzed the New York senator on her role in Sen. Al Franken's resignation and her ability to best Trump in 2020.
Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat says "remarkable" shifting timeline is cause for more investigation.
Responding to criticism from the right, Trump said amnesty for immigrants was not part of his offer.
The data around the shutdown tell the story.
"We've just never had someone who matches both our demographics and our politics."
"It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
Tens of thousands of employees are feeling the pain — they work for private contractors that haven't received over $5 billion in federal payments.
Trump has said there was 'no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Analysis: The president needs a new game plan if he wants to keep up with congressional Democrats,
Legal analysis: A bombshell story has Democrats calling for the president's impeachment or resignation if true.
If the justices don't take up the issue during the court's current term, the government will be required to keep the program going for at least ten more months.
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"We will do what's necessary to find out if it's true," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence committee said.
The former Vermont governor's reaction to 2004 Iowa loss became one of the first viral events in politics.
A draft plan obtained by NBC News also shows officials wanted to specifically target parents in migrant families for increased prosecutions.