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Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Bob Menendez arrive to a joint session of the U.S. Congress to hear an address by President Donald Trump
Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Bob Menendez arrive to a joint session of the U.S. Congress to hear an address by President Donald Trump (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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NJ congressional reaction to Trump’s speech runs along party lines

Republican Rep. Leonard Lance found something in the speech to be pleased about that was not political.

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US President Donald Trump. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images)
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President Trump calls for unity in first address to Congress

Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump issued a broad call for overhauling the nation's health care system and significantly boosting military spending Tuesday night, swapping his trademark pugnaciousness and personal insults for a more restrained tone as he addressed Congress for the first time.

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U.S. President Barack Obama. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
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Obama, Hill leaders meet ahead of federal funding deadline

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders plan to sit down Monday to find a way to avert a government shutdown at month's end, with money all but gone to address the worsening Zika crisis. In advance of the session, the White House gave a harsh assessment of chances for working out a solution with Republicans congressional leaders.

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Miami Beach Sprays To Combat Zika Virus Carrying Mosquitoes
Carlos Varas, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, on August 24, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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CDC Director: Just a few weeks’ of Zika funding remain

The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus said that "we are now essentially out of money" and warned that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months.

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Tourists ride rented Segways past the U.S. Capitol
Tourists ride rented Segways past the U.S. Capitol (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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GOP faces choices on Zika, shutdown, impeaching IRS chief

Congress' Republican leaders face decisions on averting a federal shutdown, containing the Zika virus and impeaching the head of the IRS, with approaching elections pressuring the GOP to avoid doing anything that could damage its standing with voters.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Reid wants budget business resolved before year-end

The Senate's top Democrat said Thursday that he and President Barack Obama will not approve a stopgap spending bill if it kicks Washington's unfinished budget business into next year, as some tea party conservatives are demanding.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building as Congress remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution with language to defund U.S. President Barack Obama's national health care plan yesterday, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated the U.S. Senate will not consider the legislation as passed by the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Lawmakers to go on vacation

Congress is about to leave for a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it's seeking to battle the Zika virus, and a Senate effort to revive the nuts-and-bolts process of passing agency budgets faces another setback at the hands of Democrats.

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The Puerto Rican Capitol building. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Puerto Rican Capitol building. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president

Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

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Hillary Clinton answers a question from an audience member at a town hall discussion with digital content creators at Neuehouse Hollywood
Hillary Clinton answers a question from an audience (member at a town hall discussion with digital content creators at Neuehouse Hollywood (David McNew/Getty Images)
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‘Move on’ from Benghazi? Republicans say it’s unlikely

Hillary Clinton says it's "time to move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no new evidence pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state.

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U.S. Capitol building
U.S. Capitol building (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
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Congressional dysfunction likely to stall Zika funding bill

President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika.

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