Votes on Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail

Either measure, Republican or Democrat, would reopen federal agencies and pay 800,000 federal workers who are days from missing yet another paycheck.

  Source: Mueller investigates link between Trump campaign, NRA

City council wants to hear more about plans for brewery before it sells property

Senate agrees to vote on competing bills to end shutdown

Judge denies request to certify NC-9 race

TRU Colors Brewing Company wants to bring brewery to former Wave facility

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

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

House Speaker Moore invites President Trump to NC for State of the Union

Help is brewing: Cape Fear craft beer community helps unpaid federal workers during government shutdown

Mueller’s office says BuzzFeed report inaccurate

Woman’s ballot thought to be missing was actually counted; state cites clerical error

Democrats said Russians tried to hack DNC after midterms

North Carolina elections board let green card holder vote

A federal judge has chastised election officials in North Carolina who let a Korean woman with a green card vote in three elections

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.

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

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

NC congressman breaks hip in fall at home

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

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

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

  Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

The administration is trying to peel off Democratic support for Trump's demand for border wall money and negotiate directly with centrist lawmakers and some newly elected freshmen, including those in districts where Trump is popular.

Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

The official said Trump even confiscated his interpreter’s notes after talks with Putin in Germany in 2017 and reportedly told the interpreter to keep quiet about what was said in the room.

McCready campaign, NCSBE call for Harris petition to be dismissed

Wake County Superior Court has not set a date to hear a petition from Republican Mark Harris — but the stage is set for one.

Hearing scheduled in dispute over rightful sheriff of Columbus County

A judge from another jurisdiction is heading to Columbus County this week to hear arguments that Lewis Hatcher should be reinstated as Sheriff.

As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Hundreds of TSA employees at major airports nationwide have called out sick since this shutdown began.

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Leaving the White House for a trip to New Orleans, Trump said he had dismissed the proposal from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to reopen for several weeks and continue dealing with Democrats over Trump's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

Speaking from the South Lawn before departing the White House for New Orleans, Trump called former FBI and Justice Department officials "known scoundrels" and "dirty cops."

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

While plans may change, the announcements are expected to come in waves, the first featuring a group of ambitious Senate Democrats including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who face pressure to join the race.

Federal workers getting more frustrated the longer the shutdown

The government is still shutdown and federal workers received their January paycheck with a balance of $0. ILM’s Air Traffic Controller president William Kirby is starting to get stressed out about the issue but keeps in mind why he loves his job.

Advocacy groups hold rally over election fraud investigation delay

Voters and leaders of advocacy groups from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh on Friday to express their frustration with the delays in the election fraud investigation.

US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria."

Experts say uncertainty in 9th district could last months

Experts in North Carolina’s political landscape and election law say no matter which path the investigation goes down, the process will likely take months.

At border, Trump says ‘we can declare a national emergency’ over wall

The president visited a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security.

Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats, says GOP is unified in shutdown showdown

The president also called the meeting a “total waste of time" in a tweet afterward.

North Carolina General Assembly convenes 2019-20 session

The new session of the North Carolina General Assembly opened Wednesday, with Democrats having more members than in past years.

National parks, air travel and beer: Shutdown impacts widely felt

The government shutdown may be partial, but it's still painful to those it impacts.

Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ, reports say

Rod Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department once a new Attorney General is sworn in, media reports say.

In address to nation, Trump calls for funding for border security; Democrats accuse him of manufacturing crisis

The president addressed the nation about the ongoing government shutdown from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.

Partial shutdown could affect new beer planned for at Craft Beer Week

The Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance cannot submit a label for its annual local brewery collaboration beer during the shutdown

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey.

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

Natalia Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that was described to Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.

AP FACT CHECK: White House notion of Mexico as terrorism gateway is false

Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence" to back that assertion up.

Mark Harris runs from reporters at government building in Charlotte

Republican Mark Harris ran from a group of reporters and set off a fire alarm at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government building Monday night.

TSA employees showing up to work at ILM despite government shutdown

TSA workers at Wilmington International Airport are calling out sick less than this time last year despite the government shutdown.

Community members pack commissioners meeting discussing sheriff’s legitimacy

Supporters for Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene and former Sheriff Lewis Hatcher packed the Dempsey B. Herring Courthouse Annex on Monday night for the first county commissioners meeting since questions were raised about the legitimacy of Greene’s win in the November general election.

Trump to address nation, plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.

Ginsburg will miss Supreme Court arguments for the 1st time

The 85-year-old Ginsburg is recuperating and will work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

Russia: Too early to consider exchange of US spy suspect

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

With talks stalled, House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments, starting with the Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

Supreme Court set to take new look at partisan electoral districts, including NC

The Supreme Court is plunging back into the issue of whether electoral districts can be too partisan.

Government shutdown may delay tax refunds

The IRS is one of the agencies affected by the partial government shutdown that went into effect the Saturday before Christmas. The government is at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s desire for $5 billion to fund a border wall.

Harris files request for court order demanding he be certified in 9th district

On Nov. 30, the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted 7-2 to not certify Harris, who unofficially leads the race for the seat against Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, as the winner of the contest.

‘Hamildrop’ featuring Obama charts on Billboard R&B

The song was released late last month by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

New year begins with Romney, Trump at odds

Amid a government shutdown and a new congress, one freshman Republican senator is calling out the president.

New year, new Congress: Power dynamic in Washington changing soon

The shutdown standoff will dominate headlines as the 116th Congress gavels in, but there’s a lot more to the new power dynamic in Washington in 2019.

Election fraud hearing postponed; Cooper will not appoint new board, calls lack of GOP support ‘obstruction’

There will be no new state board of elections — at least for the time being.

Little progress on shutdown, as Trump says it will last ‘as long as it takes’

The president said he was prepared to continue a standoff with Democrats “as long as it takes.”

Washington Gov. Inslee running for president

The governor’s intention to vie for the Democratic nomination was announced in an article published Wednesday in The Atlantic. He intends to focus on climate change as a threat to economic and natural systems.

Rep. Pittenger reflects on congressional tenure in announcement not to run in possible new primary

In a formal statement a day after a brief announcement, Pittenger said he will not run in any new primary that may result from the election fraud investigation underway in the district.

Federal workers sue government over lack of pay during shutdown

The union for federal employees claims the government is violating federal labor law by requiring those deemed “essential” to work without pay while the government is shut down.

McCready campaign moves forward with fraud hearing suggestions despite uncertainty

The campaign wants no fewer than 48 people to be compelled to attend the hearing.

House Democrats have a plan to re-open government

House Democrats are introducing legislation to re-open the government, but without extra money for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths onto Democrats

After a trip to the border following the deaths, the secretary of Homeland Security said the "the system is clearly overwhelmed" and announced new medical screening procedures for all child migrants.

Tumultuous day leaves more questions than answers in election fraud investigation

With less than 90 minutes to go before the North Carolina State Board of Elections is set to dissolve, both Governor Roy Cooper and Republican Mark Harris released their solutions to the problem.

Future of NCSBE, election fraud investigation in flux as court denies extension, General Assembly overrides veto

Just hours after a vote to override the governor's latest veto, a court ruling further complicated the state's elections board.

Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

While the White House was talking to congressional Democrats — and staff talks continued on Capitol Hill — negotiations dragged Wednesday, dimming hopes for a swift breakthrough.

Barack, Michelle Obama most admired: Gallup

The former president has been the most admired man for 11 years running, according to the annual Gallup poll.

Cooper calls GOP plan to override veto of elections bill ‘astonishing,’ asks citizens to press legislators

With just five days to go before the new North Carolina General Assembly is sworn in, republican legislators are preparing to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 1029.

Report: Doctor diagnosed Trump with bone spurs to help him stay out of Vietnam, doctor’s children say

In 1968, Trump was 22 and had already received four deferments due to education.He then got a fifth deferment on medical grounds due to the diagnosis of bone spurs in his feet.

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress. And there is no end in sight.

Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies

CBP said in the statement that it needs the help of other government agencies to provide health care. The agency “is considering options for surge medical assistance” from the Coast Guard and may request help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, and the F

US says 2nd Guatemalan child has died in immigration custody

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday.

Spending Christmas at White House, Trump says shutdown continues without wall and offers holiday greetings to troops

Asked when the government would reopen, Trump said: "I can't tell you when the government's going to be open. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it."

‘Marginal’ Santa believer puts out cookies after Trump chat

In one conversation, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman, "Are you still a believer in Santa?" He listened for a moment before adding, "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?" Trump listened again and chuckled before saying, "Well, you just enjoy yourself."

McCready campaign submits affidavits in election fraud investigation

As state investigators continue digging into the irregularities with absentee by mail ballots in Bladen, Robeson and Columbus County, the involved parties are turning over affidavits and other documents.

Trump: ‘Nothing new’ on shutdown

A stalemate over the wall led parts of the government to shut down Saturday after funding for numerous departments and agencies expired.

2018 year in politics: Tariffs, Supreme Court fight, Russia probe among highlights

It was a volatile year that saw some economic highs and political in-fighting lows around a Supreme Court nominee, all under the microscope of a special counsel investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.

Mattis leaving Pentagon sooner than planned, Shanahan tapped

An acting defense secretary is highly unusual. Historically when a secretary has resigned, he has stayed on until a successor is confirmed.