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December 22, 2018 5:10 AM Road to the government shutdown

The White House budget director and incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney technically shuts down the government. He's technically in charge of formally shutting down the quarter of the government that will lack funding starting at midnight tonight. Mulvaney spent several hours on the Hill today, shuttling between the House and the Senate with Mike Pence 102

December 22, 2018 1:02 AM Man who climbed National Christmas Tree to be taken for psychiatric evaluation

A man who climbed the National Christmas tree near the White House on Friday night has come down, Fox News has learned. According to Sergeant Eduardo Delgado of the U.S. Park Police, the unidentified climber will be taken to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation. It was not immediately clear how the man was able to climb the tree – or why he even tried 118

December 21, 2018 9:59 PM U.S. government appears headed toward partial shutdown; negotiations continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government appeared headed toward a partial shutdown, even as negotiations continued, after Senate leaders determined there was not support for President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in border wall funding. The U.S. Senate will continue to negotiate with the White House and Republicans in the House of Representatives 86

December 21, 2018 6:26 PM A's pick up Profar in three-team deal

The Oakland Athletics filled their impending hole at second base by trading for infielder Jurickson Profar in a three-team, seven-player deal, the Athletics announced Friday. Profar is coming off his best season as a pro, batting .254 with 20 home runs and 77 RBIs in 146 games in 2018. Jed Lowrie, the Athletics second baseman last season, is a free agent 112

December 21, 2018 3:56 PM A's agree to deal with Soria

Joakim Soria has agreed to a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Oakland Athletics, according to multiple reports. Soria was 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA last season after being acquired in July by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Chicago White Sox. Prior to the trade, Soria had posted a 2.56 ERA with 16 saves for the White Sox. The Athletics lost closer Jeurys 107

December 21, 2018 11:05 AM Trump, Congress careen toward partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government was headed to a partial shutdown unless President Donald Trump and Congress can cut a deal on Friday on their long-running battle over Trump’s demand for a wall on the border with Mexico. Funding for a range of federal agencies is set to expire at midnight on Friday. Trump pushed Republican allies in the House 171

December 20, 2018 6:37 PM House Republican leaders: Trump will not sign funding bill from Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not sign legislation to fund the federal government that passed the U.S. Senate, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a meeting with the president on Thursday. Ryan, speaking alongside U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy outside the White House, said Trump wanted any spending 152

December 20, 2018 4:31 PM Pelosi reiterates opposition to border wall funds in U.S. spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday reiterated her party’s stance that legislation allowing the government to sidestep a partial shutdown cannot include funds for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, as the White House continued to push for the funding. “We’re right in the middle of a sort of meltdown 131

December 19, 2018 5:23 PM Pentagon says it starts process of returning U.S. troops from Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said Wednesday it had started the process of returning U.S. troops from Syria as the United States began to transition into the next phase of the campaign. “The Coalition has liberated the ISIS-held territory, but the campaign against ISIS is not over,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement, using an acronym 106

December 18, 2018 7:20 PM Reports: Yankees hire Beltran as special assistant to GM

Former nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran is poised to join the New York Yankees as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman, MLB.com and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on Tuesday. Beltran, who played with the Yankees from 2014-16, is expected to play a role in the recruitment of superstar free agent Manny Machado, according to the reports 108