Jan 5, 2019

Shutdown watch, day 15: Still no deal in sight

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Michael Candelori/NurPhoto via Getty Images

On day 15 of the partial government shutdown, Vice President Mike Pence, White House adviser Jared Kushner and other Trump officials met with congressional leadership to negotiate funding for President Trump's border wall. The same group will meet again tomorrow.

Details: Pence made it clear that the White House will not back down from the $5.7 billion in wall funding Trump originally requested, according to a Democratic source familiar with today’s discussion. Democrats — having passed a bill in the House that would reopen eight agencies besides the Department of Homeland Security — warned that it would grow increasingly hard to begin formal negotiations if the government remained closed, the source said, but administration officials refused to budge from their position.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: "Next week, House Democrats will begin passing individual appropriations bills to re-open all government agencies, starting with the Department of the Treasury and IRS — an action necessary to make sure working families receive their tax refunds on schedule."

Go deeper: Federal workers could be the force that ends the shutdown

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 755,591 — Total deaths: 36,211 — Total recoveries: 158,527.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 148,089 — Total deaths: 2,599 — Total recoveries: 4,886.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan.
  4. State updates: At least 30 states have issued stay-at-home orders to residents. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 9,500 people have been hospitalized.
  5. Business latest: Macy's will furlough the majority of it's workers this week, as the chain's stores remain closed.
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  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

Data: Axios reporting; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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World coronavirus updates: Italy becomes 2nd country to exceed 100,000 cases

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 and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Spain and Italy extended lockdown deadlines on Monday, as Italy became the second country in the world to surpass 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 755,000 and the death toll topped 36,000 by Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy reported more than 11,500 total deaths.

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