Some Democrats and Republicans rallied behind a new short-term funding proposal to reopen the government through Feb. 8. That plan could include funding for storm-ravaged states, reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and an implicit agreement to hold votes on an immigration deal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to take up a spending plan that would not contain a solution for “dreamers.”
In other eras, members of the same party reading from the same talking points would be normal behavior — but not for this crop of House Republicans, who have fought bitterly among themselves since winning the majority in 2010.
The shutdown conflict pits the nativist impulses unleashed by 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.
Pinging from one upheaval to the next — while clearly not understanding the policy nuances of the negotiation — 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.
The Senate minority leader’s offer of border wall funding in exchange for action to protect those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a weird trade — but many Democrats might agree to it.
The National Parks Conservation Association estimated that approximately a third of the 417 National Park Service sites were completely closed Saturday. Other national parks — such as Joshua Tree and Yellowstone — remained largely open.
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.
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 guest of honor is absent, but by holding the celebration of his first year in office at his club, Trump will be able to collect tens of thousands of dollars in fees. In effect, he will have transformed political donations into revenue for his business.