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Pence's Mideast trip still on as government shutdown looms


January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.

An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians.

Pence's office said he planned to depart as scheduled as U.S. lawmakers sought to avert a federal government shutdown at midnight Friday. Alyssa Farah, a Pence spokeswoman, said the trip was "integ...

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