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Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill on Monday after an extended summer recess with a short window to tackle major legislative priorities before the 2020 presidential campaign takes center stage.

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As the issue of border wall funding threatens to plunge the federal government into a partial shutdown in time for the holidays, an Air Force veteran and motivational speaker living a day’s drive from Mar-a-Lago is trying to crowdsource donations for a wall along the southern U.S. border.

In just five days, Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage has raised more than $7.5 million toward the wall’s funding, a key campaign promise of President Donald Trump.

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The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Wednesday requesting "all documents and communications" related to the redecorating of his office and HUD's handling of a whistleblower.

President Trump joined members of Congress on Wednesday in scrutinizing alleged government travel abuses by the secretary of health and human services and at least two other Cabinet officials.

"I was looking into it, and I will look into it, and I will tell you personally I'm not happy about it. I am not happy about it," Trump told White House reporters.