Political News http://enews.earthlink.net/channel/news/pol Political News Supplied by AP en-us (c) 2018 EarthLink Networks Inc. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:56:04 EST Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:15:13 EST 5 House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim http://enews.earthlink.net/article/pol?guid=20180118/10d45f10-239c-4778-97dc-2117ea6c71b5 WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House on Thursday passed an eleventh-hour plan to keep the government running. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night deadline. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:56:04 EST 20180118/10d45f10-239c-4778-97dc-2117ea6c71b5 By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Government drops prosecution of 129 inauguration defendants http://enews.earthlink.net/article/pol?guid=20180118/c8c3dc34-bbc2-4869-a07a-a7b7b7bf61f6 WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government announced on Thursday that it is abandoning its prosecution of more than 120 defendants charged with crimes over their involvement in violent protests on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration one year ago. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:41:18 EST 20180118/c8c3dc34-bbc2-4869-a07a-a7b7b7bf61f6 By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press Convicted ex-coal CEO woos working class, opening Senate bid http://enews.earthlink.net/article/pol?guid=20180118/395f0382-6e01-484c-8720-8cf3cc209dc8 LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who went to prison for charges stemming from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in decades kicked off his U.S. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:39:42 EST 20180118/395f0382-6e01-484c-8720-8cf3cc209dc8 By JOHN RABY Associated Press EPA official speaks on risk of climate change to toxic sites http://enews.earthlink.net/article/pol?guid=20180118/a7ef0ea3-536f-4d0a-9d16-e82d34316363 WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:57:34 EST 20180118/a7ef0ea3-536f-4d0a-9d16-e82d34316363 By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press Transcript: Trump dossier focused on "opaque" business deals http://enews.earthlink.net/article/pol?guid=20180118/4b259a91-d123-4387-94c4-60b05c3bc69b WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's "opaque" business deals in the former Soviet Union, history of tax disputes and real estate projects abroad were critical areas of research that led to the dossier alleging a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin, according to the transcript of a congressional interview released Thursday. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:40:51 EST 20180118/4b259a91-d123-4387-94c4-60b05c3bc69b By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press