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Recipients of vital government programs agonize as they watch dysfunction in the nation's capital

When Washington is this broken, it's always the most vulnerable who get hurt.


Trump set to leave Washington ahead of shutdown deadline

President Donald Trump is scheduled to depart Washington and head to his Florida resort hours before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown Friday at midnight.


Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote

The Senate is bracing for a potential shutdown.


GOP leaders promise to whip hard-line immigration bill

Conservative House members say they got a promise from leadership to pursue a separate hard-line Republican-only immigration bill in exchange for their votes to pass government funding Thursday night -- a measure that several Republicans doubt could pass the House, let alone the Senate.


Wolf Blitzer spars with senator over shutdown

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) about a looming government shutdown.


What a government shutdown means for you

When there are partisan disagreements and Congress is divided on how to fund the government, the threat of a shutdown looms. Learn what one could mean for you.


Trump appointee is out after racist comments

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.


Supreme Court blocks court order to redraw North Carolina congressional districts

The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to freeze, for now, a lower court opinion that struck down North Carolina congressional districts holding that it amounted to an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. 


WSJ: Cohen paid porn star through private LLC created just weeks before election

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump's lawyer formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.


Analysis: Why Republicans should start panicking, in 1 chart

Midterm elections are about one thing: Base enthusiasm.


Consumer protection chief requests $0 in funding


Source: President fuming after Kelly said Trump's pledges on wall were uninformed

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he has remained consistent in his plans for a border wall, a day after his chief of staff, John Kelly, told Fox News he has "changed his attitude" on it.


Trump's first year gets mixed reviews

CNN's Bill Weir talks to voters in Monticello, Iowa one year into Donald Trump's presidency.


Senator accused of 'mansplaining'

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) of "mansplaining" to Kirstjen Nielsen during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.


Prosecutor: Kids were shown food but not allowed to eat it

David and Louise Turpin, accused of keeping their 13 children captive and shackling some of them inside a squalid Southern California home, have their first court hearing Thursday.


LA Times publisher under fire after NPR report


End tackle football for kids, ex-NFLers plead

Several former NFL players called Thursday for an end to tackle football for kids ages 13 and under.


Russian spy ship moving toward US

US military officials are tracking a sophisticated Russian spy ship that appears to be moving toward the US. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


In Iowa, doubt creeps in even among Trump supporters

Since Donald Trump came along, they have a "safe word" at the Table of Knowledge inside Darrell's Diner in Monticello, Iowa.


Phoenix police: Serial killer behind 9 slayings

Arriving on the scene of a double slaying last month, Phoenix police took a man -- the son of one of the victims -- into custody, not knowing they were handcuffing a suspected serial killer.


Pope's in-flight surprise makes history

Pope Francis married two flight attendants in an impromptu ceremony on his papal plane some 36,000 feet over Chile. CNN's Rosa Flores has details.


Texas executes 'Tourniquet Killer'

Texas on Thursday executed a man who admitted to killing three girls and a woman in the 1980s and 90s, the state's Department of Criminal Justice said.


She confessed after the murder weapon was spotted in her Facebook photo

On the evening of March 24, 2015, Cheyenne Antoine and Brittney Gargol posed for a selfie and posted it on Facebook before heading out for the night.


The Super Bowl nobody wants


NBA All-Star game starters announced


Doctor delivers baby on international flight

This definitely wasn't what Dr. Sij Hemal was expecting when he booked a flight with Air France from India to the United States.


Drone spots swimmers, then does this

Two swimmers were in serious trouble off the coast of Australia, until a drone came to their rescue.


24-year-old gets college football coaching job


Son breaks down over deported dad

The family of Jorge Garcia, the father of two who was deported to Mexico after 30 years in the US, made an emotional appearance on "The View" and vowed to continue to move forward.


Could this be a better way to build a flu vaccine?

As a deadly flu season continues to ravage the United States, scientists are scrambling to find new ways to fight the virus, including building vaccines that offer stronger protection against the most aggressive flu strains and last longer than just one season.


Federer and Djokovic: Pay tennis players more


Protest over college student's racist rant

An Alabama University student is no longer enrolled at the school after posting videos to social media full of taunts and racial slurs.


He's the all-of-a-sudden face of American hockey


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USA Gymnastics cuts ties with training center in Texas

USA Gymnastics will no longer hold the women's team's training camp at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, the organization said, after several gymnasts said the location was the site of unchecked sexual abuse from former team doctor Larry Nassar.


Judge doubles as therapist in Larry Nassar case

As a teenager, Amanda Cormier loved music. She would sing in musicals and choirs and be endlessly creative as she wrote songs on the guitar, she said.


Judge: I'd allow what he did to be done to him

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the judge for the Larry Nassar trial, has given some strong statements during Nassar's sentencing.


'I cannot forgive you': Read victims' statements

One by one the women stepped forward to the podium, some fighting back tears, to face their abuser.


Opinion: Thank goodness for Biles' courage

As the #MeToo movement continues to grow, American gymnast Simone Biles is the latest woman to come forward with a horrific story alleging sexual exploitation. Biles joins a long list (more than 140 to date) of other athletes who have accused former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Biles and other gymnasts also say that USA Gymnasts pressured them into silence and allowed the abuse to continue -- allegations that USA Gymnastics denies.


The new face of Team USA


North Korean skaters have Olympic dreams

With the Winter Olympics only weeks away, North Korean figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik hope to take to the ice. Thawing tensions between their homeland and South Korea have rekindled the pair's hopes of competing. CNN's Christina Macfarlane reports.


North and South Korea to march under one flag

North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag, the South said Wednesday, in a diplomatic breakthrough following days of talks between the two countries.


Security challenges at 2018 Winter Olympics

The Pyeongchang organizing committee is preparing for all security scenarios ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics. CNN's Paula Hancocks has more.


What a shot! 26 amazing sports photos

Take a look at 26 amazing sports photos from January 9 through January 15.


Hijab-wearing model stars in L'Oréal Paris hair campaign

L'Oreal Paris is breaking barriers and making history by featuring a hijab-wearing woman in a hair campaign.


Asia's most exciting hotel openings this year

It seems a new hotel opens up every day in Asia, where a tourism boom is expected to continue well into the next decade.


Huge windstorm sends people tumbling

Strong wind wreaked havoc on pedestrians and snarled transportation systems in the Netherlands.


The most innovative new watches of 2018

For the last few years, the watch industry has witnessed the resurgence of vintage-inspired watches and more affordable timepieces. However, at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH), the impressive selection of technologically advanced offerings suggest that the appetite for innovation -- and the high prices it commands -- has not disappeared completely.


Millennials are shaking up these 7 industries


5 simple steps to retiring rich


3 ways you can save better for retirement


Let's be honest about Aziz Ansari

This week, an anonymous accuser's account of regretting what appears to be consensual oral sex with actor and comedian Aziz Ansari exploded into the media, with the words "sexual misconduct" splashed across television news, the internet and newspapers.


Cupp: Tide pod insanity -- it's better that we know


Trump and the limits of transactional politics


Return of tactical nuclear weapons would send a dangerous signal

President Trump traveled to the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss the National Defense Strategy, an unclassified version of which will be released Friday. Undoubtedly, key topics of discussion on the new strategy included the proliferation of nuclear weapons and missile technology, and the need for the protection of space assets essential to providing early warning in the event of a nuclear attack.


Trump's first year: The report card

It has been a crazy year in Washington. A new president came to town making big promises about how he would upend everything that was wrong with politics and assured his supporters that nothing could get in his way. So how did he do?


California horror house: Are we to blame?

What responsibility does society bear for the Turpins?


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6 self-care tips for dry eyes


3 cards charging 0% interest until 2019


Government shutdown: Where the senators stand

If the House passes a short-term spending bill on Thursday, the Senate will need 60 votes to move it forward.


Meet the Justice Department's FISA closer

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill began to vote Thursday afternoon to extend a fiercely debated electronic surveillance program, a small circle of officials at the Justice Department huddled around at TV in a fifth-floor conference room watching C-SPAN.


Trump's dealmaking mythology meets DC reality

For his entire adult life, and with special vigor during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump has insisted on his skills as a master negotiator.


Fashion and politics in the age of Trump

A look at what people wore to express their politics during Trump's first year in office.


Aetna customers get $17 million in HIV privacy settlement

After thousands of customers' HIV statuses were revealed in mailings last year, a federal class-action lawsuit against health care company Aetna has reached a $17 million settlement.


6 teen suicides in 6 months in 1 school district

Late last week, Hayden Porter, a 15-year-old freshman at a high school in Ohio, took his life. He was the sixth current or former teenage student from the school district to kill themselves within the past six months.


Holding a sneeze blew a hole in his throat

If you are about to sneeze -- even if you are in a quiet place -- doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That's according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title "Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck." The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports.


SAG Awards get ready for #MeToo close-up

Following a Golden Globes that made headlines with its Time's Up theme, the Screen Actors Guild is leaning into that discussion with its annual presentation Sunday. Yet with several more star-studded ceremonies to come, questions linger as to how well Hollywood's awards apparatus can juggle serving as a rallying point for that movement with its more prosaic, self-congratulatory business.


James Franco to attend SAG Awards on Sunday

James Franco is not shying away from this weekend's SAG Awards.


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