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On second day of government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans each play the blame game
Congressional leaders dug in their heels on Sunday, each blaming the other side for the partial government shutdown now in its second day.
01/21/2018 07:24 PM
From protest to movement: Women march around the globe
The marches are taking place against a backdrop of political dysfunction as the federal government shutdown stumbled into its own second day Sunday.
01/21/2018 07:46 PM
Amazon set to open its grocery store without a checkout line to the public
After a year of testing on its own employees, Amazon will let Seattle shoppers shop and leave -- skipping the checkout line.
01/21/2018 05:04 PM
Scarlett Johansson has scathing words for James Franco: 'I want my pin back'
On Saturday, the actress called out Franco for publicly supporting Time's Up while 'preying on people with no power.' He's expected at the SAG Awards on Sunday.
01/21/2018 08:21 PM
Jaguars at Patriots AFC Championship Game preview: Three things to know
New England has a lot working in its favor, but Jacksonville offers a formidable ground game and defense.
01/21/2018 06:44 PM
The government shutdown: What we know now
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he would force another vote on a short-term funding bill at 1 a.m. Monday unless an agreement is reached before that.
01/21/2018 08:26 PM
U.S. decision on Jerusalem looms large over Pence Middle East visit
The vice president's visit comes at a time when U.S.-Palestinian diplomatic relations have hit a new low.
01/21/2018 08:13 PM
Medical advances increase the odds you're going to need more in your 401(k)
Your investing plan must take living a longer life into account.
01/21/2018 08:14 PM
Blizzard dumps heavy snow from Rockies to Upper Midwest
A blizzard slammed parts of the central U.S. with heavy snow and howling winds Sunday, wreaking travel havoc from Colorado to Michigan.
01/21/2018 06:45 PM
Tom Brady active for Patriots in AFC Championship Game despite hand injury
Brady suffered a hand injury on Wednesday and had been officially listed as questionable.
01/21/2018 07:40 PM
Marijuana money increasingly flowing to Republican lawmakers
A USA TODAY survey found hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing from the cannabis industry into campaign finance accounts of lawmakers and political action committees.
01/21/2018 06:51 PM
21st California mudslide victim found; next rainstorm likely to miss hardest-hit areas
Another victim of the deadly mudslides in southern California was discovered Saturday, bringing the death toll so far to 21.
01/21/2018 08:17 PM
Man pulls 5-and-a-half foot tapeworm from his body; doctor suggests sushi to blame
"That came out of your bottom?" the doctor asked. "Yes."
01/21/2018 08:24 PM
Stormy Daniels stops by 'SNL' Weekend Update to talk Trump, Women’s March
When you elect Trump, you get a Stormy. At least on 'Saturday Night Live.'
01/21/2018 05:17 PM
USA TODAY Sports' NFL championship game playoff picks
Patriots seek shot at sixth Lombardi, while Jaguars want first. Vikings hope to snatch home field by beating Eagles on road.
01/19/2018 09:23 PM
SAG Awards: Cast your vote for the best dress of all time
01/19/2018 04:24 PM
Exclusive: See where the stars will be seated at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards
How do you assign seats for the biggest names in movies and TV? The Screen Actors Guild gives USA TODAY a peek at how they decide.
01/18/2018 02:01 AM
Sundance: 'The Tale' speaks to #MeToo movement with chilling child rape drama
Writer/director Jennifer Fox exorcises the memories of her childhood rape in memoir film 'The Tale,' starring Laura Dern as her adult self.
01/21/2018 04:50 PM
New Jersey’s first lady: ‘I was sexually assaulted’
Speaking at the Women's March on New Jersey in Morristown, New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy revealed that she had been sexually assaulted in college.
01/20/2018 10:56 PM
Taliban claim responsibility for deadly attack on luxury hotel in Kabul
Gunmen armed with suicide vests targeted foreigners and Afghan officials; Taliban claim responsbility.
01/21/2018 03:48 PM
Government shutdown: 7 key players to watch in spending impasse
With another Senate vote scheduled at 1 a.m. on Monday, here are seven key players to watch.
01/21/2018 08:27 PM
Government shutdowns are now normal and 'compromise' means traitor
Politicians now use shutdowns to show they'll go the mat to deliver on what they promised their own voters, even if it's unpopular with everyone else.
01/21/2018 06:32 PM
Cory Booker just got pulled over for being a senator while black
Rude? A black senator decrying racism to a Cabinet member who says she can't recall whether Trump called an entire continent a 's---hole'? Please.
01/21/2018 01:25 PM
After government shutdown, maybe politicians will find they are 'non-essential'
The most critical functions of government will continue and so will the non-essential bickering.
01/20/2018 06:49 PM
Trump's 'stable genius' presidency highlights the genius of American government
Amid his maddening eccentricities, there is a deli-thin silver lining. While he clearly isn't stable, America still seems to be on track.
01/20/2018 11:00 AM
President Trump's first year anniversary report card, with grades from A+ to F
USA TODAY contributors grade Donald Trump a year after his inauguration
01/19/2018 12:48 AM
Off message: At the White House, it’s Trump vs. Trump.
A timeline of some ways that Trump was his presidency’s own biggest distraction in his first 365 days in office
01/19/2018 07:12 PM
A look at Vice President Pence's first year in office: key takeaways
Vice President Pence's first year has been marked by his extreme loyalty to President Trump and his role in key legislative issues
01/20/2018 12:00 PM
Facebook to let users rank what news sources are trustworthy
Facebook will prioritize quality sources, and it will determine what's quality through surveys.
01/20/2018 02:01 AM
Tom Brady questionable for Patriots in AFC Championship Game with hand injury
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was officially listed as limited on Friday but refused to talk about his injury.
01/19/2018 09:05 PM
Super Bowl: Minnesota Vikings would be right at home on the road
If Minnesota advances to the Super Bowl, the Vikings would be the first to play on their field in the big game. They'd also officially be the visitors.
01/19/2018 01:24 PM
For Vikings' skill-position players, underdog mentality continues into NFC Championship Game
The Vikings' skill-position players have found success in the NFL, but many of them were once viewed as long shots for stardom.
01/19/2018 09:23 PM
Women’s March 2018 across the world
01/20/2018 04:06 PM
January political cartoons from the USA TODAY Network
01/01/2018 01:42 PM
Alaska Airlines unveil new uniforms for 19,000 employees
01/19/2018 02:51 PM
Cape Town suffers major water rationing
01/20/2018 02:27 AM
Kim and Kanye reveal baby girl's name: Chicago West
Kim Kardashian posts the name for her baby girl: It's Chicago West, a nod to daddy Kanye's hometown.
01/20/2018 01:16 AM
Photoshop fail? Hilariously botched family photos are no joke
The photographer told the family she used a smoothing tool to get rid of shadows.
01/20/2018 08:37 PM
Amazon raises monthly Prime rate, annual rate stays at $99
Amazon on Friday raised the monthly rate for its Prime service from $10.99 to $12.99. The yearly rate remains $99.
01/20/2018 12:01 AM
A record $107 million was raised for Trump’s inauguration. So where did it all go? No one will say.
The leader of Trump's inaugural fundraising committee has not disclosed how much money remains in the bank accounts or where it has all gone.
01/19/2018 12:57 AM
Lindsey Vonn on track for Olympics with dominant downhill win
Vonn’s U.S. teammate Jacqueline Wiles finished third for her second career podium result.
01/21/2018 02:53 AM