Feb 9, 2018

Government shutdown, take two

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The second government shutdown of 2018 is underway 17 days after the last one ended. Sen. Rand Paul blocked a vote on a bipartisan spending deal out of opposition to planned spending cap hikes, pushing the Senate past the midnight deadline.

  • Where things stand: Senate leadership is confident they can pass the deal with a series of votes beginning around 1 a.m.
  • The big question mark comes in the House, where Nancy Pelosi has said she'll oppose any deal that doesn't include protections for Dreamers, and Republican leadership seems uncertain whether they'll get the Democratic votes they need to overcome opposition from the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus.

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A closer look at how colleges can reopen

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Masks in class, sports on hold, dorm life without roommates and summer 2021 classes for some: Brown University President Christina Paxson tells "Axios on HBO" it's all in play as colleges consider whether and how to safely reopen campuses in the fall.

Why it matters: An extended shutdown of U.S. colleges and universities would leave nearly 20 million students and 3 million employees with an uncertain future, but premature reopenings without proper coronavirus safeguards could jeopardize lives and force more closings.

How Disney World could host the NBA

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.