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“We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion (for a border wall).”

WH Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Fox News, signaling President Trump may compromise on border wall funding. Later Wednesday, the Senate passed a spending bill that would avoid a partial shutdown Friday at midnight, funding the government through February 8th. The bill keeps border security funding at $1.3B. It now heads to the House.
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“Punting to Feb. 8 on a CR not only gives Democrats a Christmas present, it offers them a Valentine’s Day gift. Democrats will win, the wall will not be built, and Congress will once again have punted when we should’ve been taking a stand. The time to fight is now. Zero excuse.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) who chairs the Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of lawmakers, raising questions about a compromise on a spending bill.
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“It is the courage of the victim-survivors that has shed purifying light on this dark chapter in church history.”

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, in a statement, after an investigation by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan revealed more than 500 priests were accused of sexual abuse that were not previously disclosed by the church. That number is in addition to 185 accused priests already named by the state's six dioceses.
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“This (rate) hike is a vote of confidence in our economy for 2018, but essentially that’s a wrap. We’re now in some uncharted territory as 2019 comes into focus.”

Mike Loewengart, E*TRADE Financial VP of investment strategy, as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the 4th time in 2018 and cuts projections for 2019 hikes to two. U.S. stocks fell to a 15-month low amid concerns those rate hikes will hinder economic growth.
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“With the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, it’s possible that more Americans have employer based coverage, and don’t need exchange plans.”

Seems Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator, as Affordable Care Act healthcare signups fell for a second year. The 4% drop, although preliminary, comes as a federal judge in Texas ruled the law was unconstitutional.
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“Praise God, we did.”

Scott Doss, father of 11-year-old Roxli, on receiving a miracle after their daughter, who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and given months to live, has seen the tumor completely disappear. Roxli underwent two months of radiation, but doctors say that is typically a life-extending treatment - not a cure. Doctors, who warn the tumor may return, can't explain what happened.
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