Congress has until Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET to pass a $1.3 trillion spending package that would keep the government open, and funded through September.
Alexei Navalny is mobilizing an army of election observers ahead of the vote that supporters call a foregone conclusion in favor of President Vladimir Putin.
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The winter storm — affecting about 49 million people from Tennessee through Maine — could bring a fresh round of power outages and treacherous travel.
A swath of East Coast states was on edge Tuesday as an expected Nor'easter was rumbling toward the region, threatening 45 million people.
Vladimir Putin is expected to use Thursday's annual address to parliament to outline his plans for a fourth term as Russia's president.
The next short-term government funding bill is set to run out Feb. 8 and Congress is poised to pass a fifth stop-gap bill to keep the lights on.