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  As shutdown reaches 30 days, Democrats aren’t buying Trump’s impasse-ending ‘compromise’

In his address, the president said the legislation would be brought to a vote this week, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously stated that no vote should be held until Trump and Democrats agreed on a bill.

  Mueller’s office says BuzzFeed report inaccurate

Missing ballot found after WBTV investigation; still no proof vote was counted

Democrats said Russians tried to hack DNC after midterms

Federal workers affected by shutdown turn to local non-profits for help

Dan McCready blasts Mark Harris over NC election fraud investigation

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

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

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

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

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

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’

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.

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.

Documents reveal Cooper used ACP permit as leverage in deal between Duke and solar companies

Documents released by the Cooper Administration last month show senior staff delayed signing off on a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline until Duke Energy, one of the pipeline’s major investors, reached a separate deal with solar companies that would, essentially, result in the utility giant

  McCready, NCSBE ask for judge to deny Harris’ petition in NC09 case

As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

TSA staff working without pay, agents at CLT Airport remaining in good spirits

  Voters say date differences on mail ballot ‘innocent mistake’

Only 305 absentee ballots with date discrepancies were uploaded to the North Carolina State Board of Elections as requested.

In new affidavit, Bladen Elections chairman says staff found forged absentee ballot request forms

The Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections filed a new affidavit, made public for the first time Friday, that said staff at the county board of elections found three absentee ballot request forms submitted in the 2018 general election that had been forged.

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."

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.

Bladen Co. absentee ballot turn-in log raises new questions about affidavit filed by McCready campaign

A new set of records obtained by WBTV from the Bladen County Board of Elections is raising new questions about an affidavit filed on behalf of a voter by attorneys for the Dan McCready campaign.

Mecklenburg elections board never reported ballots with mismatching dates

WBTV has learned that the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections did not report or upload absentee ballots when voters and witnesses signed the envelopes on different dates.

  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.

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.

NC House seats Hunt in HD-103 seat despite last-minute petition

Democrat Rachel Hunt will be seated in the North Carolina House of Representatives despite a last-minute effort by a conservative group to bar her from being sworn in.

Charlotte council members want to build on 2018 accomplishments

The Charlotte City Council had a busy 2018. The city approved numerous incentives to attract jobs and company headquarters to the Queen City. Charlotte also won the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge and voters passed a $50 million affordable housing bond.

Group files petition challenging Democrat Hunt’s election over Republican Brawley in House District 103

A conservative group filed a petition Monday afternoon challenging the election victory of Rachel Hunt (D-Mecklenburg), who narrowly beat longtime NC House member Bill Brawley, a Republican, in November’s election.

Harris on running from reporters: ‘I regret it’

Republican Mark Harris says he regrets avoiding reporters after a local GOP board meeting on Monday night. After the meeting Harris took off down an emergency exit stairwell and set off an alarm when leaving the ground floor door. He then drove away when his car without answering reporters questions

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.

Emergency management claims hurricane recovery work continued despite stop work order

The North Carolina Office of Emergency Management continues to insist that no work has stopped after the office was ordered to cancel a federally-funded contract because it was improperly awarded.

Exclusive: Documents reveal voters targeted by Harris campaign contractor for absentee votes

Documents obtained exclusively by WBTV are providing the first look inside the absentee ballot operation of a Bladen County political operative hired by Mark Harris’ 2018 campaign for Congress, which is under scrutiny as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged election fraud.

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.

Senate Republicans question former Elections chairman about contact with Bladen Co. Democrat after WBTV investigation

Two Republican members of the North Carolina Senate are seeking answers to questions regarding communication between the then-vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and a Bladen County Democrat in the days leading up to and on election day in 2018.

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.

Records show NCSBE Chair had frequent contact with figure in NC-09 investigation during ’18 election

Records show the immediate past Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections had frequent contact in the days leading up to the 2018 general election with a Bladen County Democrat who is among those interviewed by NCSBE investigators.

Republican Harris decries ’political weaponization’ of Elections board as he fights for certification

Republican Mark Harris said ‘political weaponization’ was to blame for the decision by North Carolina State Board of Elections to not certify his victory in the race for the 9th Congressional District.

Mecklenburg commissioners prepare for revaluation, affordable housing and more in 2019

2019 promises to be a big year for the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. It’s the first time the county goes through the revaluation process since 2011, when residents complained about drastic tax hikes and the county manager was fired.

‘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.

Harris plans to file legal action seeking certification in NC-9 election

The campaign of Republican Mark Harris said he plans to file a legal challenge on Thursday that will ask a court to order he immediately be certified as the winner of the 9th Congressional District election.

Cooper won’t nominate temporary Elections board after GOP refusal to provide list of nominees

Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday afternoon that he would not name a temporary Board of Elections to serve for the month of January, citing a refusal by Republicans to cooperate with the nominating process.

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.

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.”

Candidates, PAC in Bladen County disagree on meaning of contributions

An investigation by WBTV found that some candidates who donated to the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC failed to report it in their campaign finance disclosures.

Pat McCrory rules out 9th District run – but he’s considering two other campaigns

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday ruled out running in the 9th Congressional District — but not for governor in 2020 or the U.S. Senate in 2022.

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.

Tax cut and other laws changing in NC in 2019

Tax cuts, new voting dates and other changes happening in NC in 2019.

NC-9 Congressional office closed now, will open even without representative

The congressional offices for North Carolina’s 9th District will open even without a representative in place although when remains unclear.

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.

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.

NCGOP warns Cooper it will sue to stop Elections board appointments if necessary

The North Carolina Republican Party said Sunday that it would sue, if necessary, to stop Governor Roy Cooper from appointing Republican members to a temporary Board of Elections, which the party calls “unlawful.”

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.

Cooper announces plan to appoint temporary Elections board until end of January; GOP opposes

Governor Roy Cooper announced plans to appoint a temporary five-person Board of Elections on Friday morning, after a three-judge panel issued a ruling late Thursday that requires the current North Carolina State Board of Elections to dissolve at noon.

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.

New court ruling throws wrinkle into NC-09 investigation; new board must be appointed

A three-judge panel overseeing a lawsuit challenging the current makeup of the North Carolina State Board of Elections issued a new ruling Thursday night that effectively dissolves the board at noon on Friday.

Elections bill becomes law as general assembly overrides Cooper’s veto

The North Carolina general assembly passed a new elections law despite Governor Roy Cooper’s objections about transparency and campaign finance violations.

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.

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."

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.

Senate adjourns until next week; no border deal

Christmas-season gridlock has descended on the nation's capital just before the holiday, with a partial government shutdown over a dispute about money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border