Jan 24, 2019

Cory Gardner will vote to reopen government without wall funding

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Col.). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner's spokesman told the Denver Post that he intends to vote on Thursday — the 34th day of the ongoing government shutdown — for a clean funding bill that would reopen the government without funding for President Trump's border wall.

Why it matters: Gardner, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is a member of Senate Republican leadership. He's expected to join Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in backing the clean funding bill, a move they first signaled earlier this month. Gardner, like Murkowski and Collins, will also vote for a Republican-backed bill on Thursday that includes Trump's desired funding.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,251 people and infected almost 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.