Jan 9, 2019

Democrats fire back at Trump for “manufacturing” a shutdown “crisis”

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In a rebuttal to President Trump's prime-time address Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed Trump has rejected bipartisan bills to re-open the government at the expense of "millions of Americans," and that the situation at the southern border with Mexico is "a humanitarian challenge," not "a security threat."

Why it matters: It is Day 18 of a partial government shutdown, and the two sides couldn't be farther apart.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee in hot water after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."

Exclusive: Pompeo says new China media restrictions "long overdue"

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The State Department announced Tuesday that it has designated five Chinese state media outlets as "foreign missions," meaning that they will be treated as arms of the Chinese government.

Driving the news: In his first public statement on the new designation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells Axios that the five outlets are "clearly controlled by the [Chinese Communist Party], and we are simply recognizing that fact by taking this action.”

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