The House approved a two-week extension of federal spending legislation to avoid closure of the government, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The Senate should pass it later Thursday
The move postpones by two weeks a deadline for agreeing new spending accounts, which could lead to a government shutdown because Donald Trump demands to include $ 5 billion for his proposal  11.56am EST
A court in Maine ordered the state to extend a "Medicaid expansion" by February
Justice of the Superior Court Michaela Murphy said Thursday that the state has time until February 1 to adopt the rules that implement Medicaid expansion for eligible Mainers who have applied since July 2, reports the Associated Press.
The expansion was approved by the voters, but the outgoing government Paul LePage requested a stay to delay the order, which was denied.
His nephew George P. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker paid tribute to George HW Bush in funeral accolades in Houston.
Baker, a friend and cabinet member, has called Bush a "founding member of the greatest generation" and said, "His incredible service to our nation and the world is already carved into the marble of time."
He hailed Bush's work by bringing the Cold War to an end, signing nuclear weapons control agreements and rejecting Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in the first Gulf War.
"The world has become a better place because George Bush has occupied the White House," he said. "He was not considered a skilled speaker, but his actions were rather elegant."
Baker said that Bush, who was defeated by the re-election of Bill Clinton, is "beyond any doubt the best president of our nation".  George P. Bush shared the more personal side of the man he knew as "Gampy", remembering how he had time for his grandchildren, organizing horseshoe matches and fly fishing expeditions and sending them letters to heart. It would have served barbecues, pork rinds with spicy sauce and the "healthy complement" of the Blue Bell ice cream and Klondike bars.
"We grew up enchanted by my grandfather," he said.
Bush greeted the grandfather's service legacy and called him "the kindest, most respectable, humble man I can ever know."
Senators from both parties meet on Thursday to conclude an agreement on legislation to punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Measures could reduce US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, suspend arms sales with Saudi Arabia, CNN reports. And a proposed resolution would officially blame the Saudi hereditary prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of the Washington Post colonel at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Republicans Bob Corker of Tennessee, Todd Young of Indiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Democrats Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Chris Murphy of Connecticut attended the meeting.
"There is a lot of momentum," Corker told CNN.
Hillary Clinton condemns the moves by the legislatures of the lame duck GOP in Wisconsin and Michigan to limit the power of the new democratic rulers.
The House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says that the election charges of fraud in a North Carolina Congress contest are "undermining the integrity of our elections", by Talking Points Memo.
The funeral now begins for former President George HW Bush at the Episcopal Church of San Martino in Houston.
The service started with "America the Beautiful". Watch live here.
Republican senators have introduced a bill to fund the entire Donald Trump border wall with $ 25 billion.
Legislation would try to raise money towards the total by increasing fines for illegally crossing captured persons and restricting requirements to qualify for federal tax credits and welfare benefits, reports Hill.
Sens. Ted Cruz, John Kennedy, James Inhofe and Mike Rounds are sponsoring legislation.
Trump said he was willing to settle for $ 5 billion for the wall in the current round of budget negotiations, a question that the Democrats are hesitating.
Donald Trump states in a tweet that his approval score would be 75% without the special investigation of Councilor Robert Mueller, accusing investigators of " Presidential harassment ".
In the world as it is, Trump has an approval rating of 49% in the daily poll Rasmussen Reports, his favorite source, and other polls have put him around 42%.
A Texas Republican Congressman called on Liberal billionaire George Soros to attack him during an appearance on Fox Business.
"George Soros should be a Jew, but you would not know it from the harm he inflicted on Israel and the fact that he lit up his Jewish comrades and helped take the properties they owned," said representative Louie Gohmert.
Democratic Congress leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will meet with Donald Trump next Tuesday on his request for funding for a border wall , for Politico.
The meeting had been scheduled for this week but was postponed due to services for George HW Bush. It is now scheduled for December 11th at 11:30 am in the Oval Office.
Trump calls for $ 5bn for the wall as part of a bill to finance the federal government, a request that could lead to a government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans can not agree to finance legislation.
Houston's memorial service for former President George HW Bush will begin at 11.00
You can watch a live feed here.
The supreme court hears today arguments in a case concerning the prohibition of double imputation of the constitution, or that it is tried twice for the same crime. The decision could have ramifications for the Trump Russia investigation, reports the Associated Press.
The appeal comes from a federal inmate, Terance Gamble, who has been tried separately by the federal government and the state of Alabama for illegally firing a gun after a previous conviction for theft.
This was allowed with an exception to the double bar of incrimination of the constitution allowing state and federal judicial actions for the same crime.
What's this enters with the survey in Russia? If Donald Trump were to forgive someone involved in the investigation, this would save them from federal charges, but according to current rules they could still be debited by a state. New York is moving to strengthen its authority to potentially bring charges against Trump members. But a court decision extending the double protection for the danger would have complicated this effort.
A prominent Democrats plan on Thursday to begin raising appeals for stronger gun control after the party taken over by the House of Representatives.
The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives should introduce radical legislation to impose background checks on all arms sales as one of the first priorities in the upcoming 2019 Congress, according to a report this week on Mother Jones.
Thursday Murphy and Blumenthal will be joined on Capitol Hill by House Democrats and supporters of gun control to push for stronger regulations. The event will follow the annual national vigil for all victims of armed violence in the Episcopal church of San Marco, just off Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Capitol.
The funeral of Houston will be held for George HW Bush
Another funeral service will take place on Thursday for the former president George HW Bush, this time in Houston.
In the service of Thursday at the Episcopal Church of San Martino in Houston, the Oak Ridge Boys will perform in Amazing Grace and Reba McEntire will sing The Lord & # 39; s Prayer, according to the Associated Press.
Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys states that Bush had personally asked the group to sing Amazing Grace at his funeral.
James Baker, former Bush secretary of state, will deliver a eulogy.
More than 11,000 people have paid their respects while Bush's urn lay resting at night in the church.
He will be buried later on Thursday in his family plot on the grounds of the presidential library at Texas A & M University in College Station.
The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin says he will make a personal appeal to the outgoing GOP governor Scott Walker for veto lame duck GOP legislation that would deprive the governor of powers.
If that does not work, governor-elect Tony Evers said he could sue, reports the Associated Press.
"The will of the people has been officially ignored by the legislature," said Evers. "Wisconsin should be embarrassed by this."
Evers said he would talk to Walker, who he defeated in the November election as soon as accounts reach his desk. If he does not veto them, Evers said he will consider a lawsuit "to make sure this legislation does not come into practice".
The state Senate controlled by the Republicans voted on Wednesday, after a night-long session passed legislation to undermine the incoming Democratic governor and the attorney general.
Donald Trump may have tried to bury his administration's terrible report on climate change, but a large majority of Americans say the results they are worrying, according to a new survey.
Two-thirds of voters said they were very worried or rather concerned about climate assessment, according to the Politico / Morning Consult poll. A 58% majority supported the scientific consensus, challenged by Trump, that human activity is contributing to climate change, while 30% call it a natural phenomenon.
67% of voters said they were very or a little concerned about the impact of climate change on the economy and 68% worried about the impact on the economy. ;environment. 46% said it was a critical threat to the US national interest, and 29% said it was a major threat.
The former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, made his official this morning not run for the president, accusing "the cruelty of our electoral process ".
"I have decided that a campaign for 2020 is not for me," he said in a post on Facebook. "Knowing that the cruelty of our electoral process would end up splashing on people who [his wife] Diane and I love, but who had not signed up for the trip, was more than I could ask."
Patrick has traveled country this year to block congressional candidates.
"America feels more prepared than usual for the great answers to our great challenges, this is an exciting moment that I hope will not miss, I hope to help in any way I can, it will not be a presidential candidate" he said.