President Trump pressured Congress to reach an agreement amid deep uncertainty over whether Democrats and Republicans could find enough common ground. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers were set for another tense day, and the start of the workweek for many federal employees is less than 24 hours away. The Senate was expected to reconvene at 1 p.m.
Some Democrats concede that the stalemate — if it is seen as a fight over immigration — holds risks for vulnerable senators, even if they voted to keep the government open. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania faces a likely GOP opponent who claimed that the Democrat “put illegal immigrants over health insurance for our kids.”
The Debrief
The shutdown conflict pits the nativist impulses unleashed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and now embraced by his party at large, against the demands of a Democratic base that more ­reflects and embraces an increasingly diverse nation.
President Trump with Senate Minority Leader Dick Durbin, left, (D-Ill.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Jan. 14. (AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump with Senate Minority Leader Dick Durbin, left, (D-Ill.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Jan. 14. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pinging from one upheaval to the next, President Trump clashed at different times with Democrats and then members of his own party, who all grew increasingly exasperated with him even as they sought to cast blame on the other side.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s offer of border wall funding for action to protect those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a weird trade — but many Democrats might agree to it.
A parks group estimated that a third of the 417 National Park Service sites were closed Saturday. Other national parks including Joshua Tree and Yellowstone remained largely open.
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Last January, as questions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election were beginning to percolate publicly, prominent business leaders and activists from that country attended Donald Trump’s inauguration, mingling at balls and receptions — at times in proximity to key U.S. officials.
Taylor Weyeneth, who is deputy chief of staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, submitted a résumé with errors, including how long he worked at a New York firm, a partner there said.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Americans have a split-screen assessment of President Trump’s first year in office, expressing the most positive views about the economy in nearly two decades while giving Trump historically low approval ratings.
The ground offensive comes after air and artillery strikes on Kurdish positions near the border.
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