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Top CNS stories for today including a new poll shows Americans are not interested in their party making any concession that would end the ongoing government shutdown; British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of no confidence against her government despite a dramatic failure to get her Brexit deal past Parliament; Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler conceded during his confirmation hearing that climate change is a “huge issue” but said it is not “the greatest crisis,” and more.

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IRS Recalls 46,000 Workers for Tax Season

The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 employees furloughed by the partial government shutdown to handle tax returns and process refunds — and work without pay. And The House and Senate announced Tuesday they would stay in session, canceling a planned recess week at home if the shutdown continues, which seems likely.

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Top CNS stories for today including the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s blueprint defining the terms of her nation’s exit from the European Union; Attorney General nominee William Barr refused at his Senate confirmation to say whether he will recuse himself from the Russia investigation; A federal judge blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including an advance copy of attorney general nominee William Barr’s statement to senators shows he will vow not to interfere in the special counsel’s investigation; The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a gun-rights case that more subtly challenged the legitimacy of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s appointment by President Donald Trump; A federal judge blocked new Trump administration rules from taking effect in 14 states allowing employers to opt out of covering birth control on religious and moral grounds, and more.

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Pompeo Says US Wants Accountability for Khashoggi’s Murder

The Trump administration expects Saudi Arabia to hold “every single person” responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable,. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday after talks with senior Saudi officials that also focused on Mideast crises and countering threats from Iran.

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Top CNS stories for today including as thousands of workers missed their first paycheck because of the government shutdown, a new federal class action from air traffic controllers details how a handful are struggling to make ends meet; The Supreme Court agreed to decide a case challenging a Wisconsin law that allows a police officer to draw blood from an unconscious driver if they suspect the motorist is drunk; A legal fight over whether a prized ancient Greek statue at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles should be returned to Italy will head to Europe’s highest court, and more.

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Trump Indicates He Won’t Declare Emergency ‘So Fast’

President Donald Trump tamped down expectations that he is close to declaring a national emergency to get the money he desires to build his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as a three-week impasse closing parts of the government continued on Friday.

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Top CNS stories for today including the House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would reopen several shuttered government agencies, as a potential long-shot deal to reopen the government crumbled in the Senate; President Donald Trump was met with protests in Texas as he showed no signs of giving up on his signature campaign promise of a wall along the southern border; A federal judge ruled the Special Counsel’s office must divulge all evidence it has to back up claims that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has breached his plea deal, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump “got up and walked out” of a Wednesday meeting over the government shutdown after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not approve money for a wall along the southern border; Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is set to step down next month; New Jersey’s high court rejected a challenge against how the NFL apportioned tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl, and more.

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Europe Watches as UK Leader Brings Her Ailing Brexit Deal Back to Parliament

The British government brought its little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament on Wednesday, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat, and a top European Parliament leader appealed to lawmakers in London to show “responsibility” as they resume consideration of Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Russian lawyer whose 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has come under scrutiny by the special counsel’s office was indicted in a separate case tied to money laundering; An attorney for Paul Manafort inadvertently disclosed that the convicted ex-lobbyist is suspected of having shared polling data on the 2016 election with an accused Russian spy; The Fourth Circuit found that politicians violate the First Amendment when they ban constituents from official social media pages, and more.

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Says Trump Is Lying

President Trump’s claims of a national security crisis at the southern border are false, as families entering illegally are turning themselves in to immigration agents and asking for asylum, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said Monday at a Border Patrol station in New Mexico.

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