Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government's doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night.
Democrats' votes are needed to advance the stopgap measure through the Senate, but they have been rebuffed in their demands to add protections against deportation for younger immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
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President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with Russia.
The White House's contention: Pretty much everything is off limits until the president says it's not.
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Victims of a disgraced former sports doctor continued to fill a Michigan courtroom Wednesday to testify on the sexual abuse and emotional trauma that Larry Nassar inflicted on them.
Nearly 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing hearing for 54-year-old Nassar. The new testimonies come after the hearing's first day on Tuesday, when many cried as they told their stories and some requested anonymity. Others unleashed.
The testimony and statements included in this story and in the video above may be graphic in nature.
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President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" is "shameful" and reminiscent of words infamously used by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Flake, of Arizona, called Trump's repeated attacks on the media "repulsive" and said Trump "has it precisely backward." Despotism is the enemy of the people, while a free press is the despot's enemy and a guardian of democracy, Flake said.
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North Korea won't be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it's hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands.
Negotiators from the two Koreas, fighting against the clock ahead of the games' Feb. 9 start date, announced some of the key details of North Korea's plans after a day of talks Wednesday in the Demilitarized Zone that divides them.
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When a 17-year-old girl jumped out a window from the house where her parents allegedly starved and tortured their 13 children, she broke a silence that had likely lasted years.
It's not clear why the teenager waited so long to act, but psychiatrists say such behavior is not uncommon even in cases of extreme deprivation.
Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled.
The state flailed to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes to call officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get approval to send a retraction.
The confusion — and panic — have raised questions about whether any state should be solely responsible for notifying the public of such an event — especially as Washington and North Korea trade insults and threats.
Nine Florida State University fraternity members were charged with hazing Wednesday in the death of a 20-year-old pledge who authorities say drank a lethal amount of bourbon and malt liquor at an off-campus party.
The Tallahassee Police Department on Tuesday said in an emailed release that arrest warrants were signed earlier in the day by a Leon County judge for Luke Klutz, Clayton Muehlstein, Anthony Oppenheimer, John Ray, Kyle Bauer, Christopher Hamlin, Conner Ravelo, Brett Birmingham and Anthony Petagine.
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A former high school classmate was charged with murder Wednesday in the stabbing death of a University of Pennsylvania student who was home in Orange County visiting family during winter break.
Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach was arrested Friday. He is accused of picking up 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein from his family's Lake Forest home, then stabbing him "multiple times" with a knife before burying his remains in Borrego Park in Lake Forest. Woodward drove Bernstein to a shopping center parking lot on Portola Parkway in Foothill Ranch before the slaying, the district attorney said.
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The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.
The Department of Homeland Security has given notice it plans to prohibit people from Haiti, as well as Belize and Samoa, ineligible to apply for H-2A and H-2B visas, which are temporary. The H-2A visa is for agriculture and the H-2B is for non-agricultural seasonal work in places such as resorts.
In the notice, DHS said that Haitians applying for the visas “present extremely high rates of refusal." DHS also said it stopped taking Belize applications because the country is not complying with U.S. anti-trafficking laws. And Samoa is now listed as “at risk of non-compliance” because it has not made progress in accepting back nationals deported from the U.S.
Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the non-partisan Center for Global Development, said barring Haitians from the visa will encourage illegal migration to the U.S. and hurt the U.S. economy. "Haitian farmworkers on the H-2A visa that I have studied in Alabama added $4,000 to the U.S. economy per worker, per month," said Clemens, who is a labor economist.
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President Donald Trump's views on immigration and building a wall along the Mexico border have evolved since his presidential campaign, the White House chief of staff said Wednesday.
Those changes are giving some people hope that a compromise with Congress on the thorny issue is possible. But they are perplexing others — even as the clock ticks down to a showdown.
A layer of snow and ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a swath of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least eight people died, including a baby in a car that plunged off an icy overpass into a Louisiana canal.
Icicles hung from a statue of jazz musicians in normally balmy New Orleans, and drivers unaccustomed to ice spun their wheels across Atlanta, which was brought to a near-standstill by little more than an inch of snow. The beach in Biloxi, Mississippi, got a light coating. And the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill canceled classes as the storm unloaded at least 4 inches by late morning, with up to 8 inches forecast.
Adult movie actress Stormy Daniels purportedly denied having an extramarital affair with Donald Trump back in 2006, but she told a different story in 2011, according to a recently rediscovered magazine interview published Wednesday.
InTouch magazine has just made public a 7-year-old interview with Daniels in which she claims that a sexual relationship with Trump began after she met the future president at a celebrity golf tournament in July 2006 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
NBC News has reached out to Daniels, Spears, Moz and the White House for comment on the InTouch interview but received no response.
The InTouch interview surfaced after The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money a month before the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen also provided a statement that was signed in the name of Daniels that called rumors of the affair and hush money "completely false.”
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A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent months.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Treasury Department said in a letter to the director of the island's fiscal agency that Puerto Rico has had a central cash balance exceeding $1.5 billion in the nearly four months since the Category 4 storm. Federal officials also noted the local government released documents in late December showing it had nearly $7 billion available in cash. The letter was first published Wednesday by the newspaper El Nuevo Dia.
A former domestic employee of Goldman Sachs President David Solomon was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles on charges he stole over $1 million of rare wine from his boss, authorities said Wednesday.
According to the indictment, Nicolas DeMeyer stole hundreds of bottles of wine worth at least $1.2 million from 2014 to late 2016.
The stolen wine allegedly included bottles from the French estate Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, considered among the rarest and most expensive wines in the world. It was unclear who will represent DeMeyer at an initial court appearance in Los Angeles federal court.