The Senate plans to hold votes Thursday to end the longest government shutdown in history. Both proposals are expected to fail, but their defeat would demonstrate that what both sides are pushing for is not possible in the Senate and that some new compromise must be forged.
President Trump announced his decision in a tweet, hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rescinded her invitation and asked for a “mutually agreeable” date once the government has reopened. He said it was her “prerogative” to suggest a later date.
President Trump’s lawyer made a dizzying array of statements and clarifications in recent days, leaving White House aides, his fellow lawyers and people involved in the special counsel’s Russia investigation puzzled over what, exactly, he was trying to say in defense of the president — and why he was saying any of it at all.
In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration does not recognize the authority of “former president” Nicolás Maduro. The administration earlier recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the nation’s interim president.
BuzzFeed announced it would lay off about 15 percent of its staff, while Verizon Media Group — the owner of HuffPost, AOL and Yahoo — announced its own round of layoffs of about 7 percent of its staff.