Jan 17, 2019

House votes to reopen government for sixth time

House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The House has passed six spending bills to fund the government since the shutdown started more than three weeks ago.

The state of play: President Trump has refused to sign anything without border wall funding. Democrats have refused to provide border wall funding. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not bring anything to the Senate floor that doesn't have Trump's approval. All the while, the longest shutdown in history carries on, leaving federal workers and some military personnel to suffer without paychecks.

  • January 3: House passes two spending bills to reopen eight federal agencies on the first day of the Democratic majority.
  • January 9: House passes a financial services spending bill, with 8 Republicans joining the Democratic effort.
  • January 10: House passes two funding bills to reopen the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and more. 12 Republicans break with Trump to fund HUD and the Department of Transportation.
  • January 16: The House passes a disaster relief bill that includes an amendment to fund the government through early February

Go deeper: 3 Republican senators want to reopen the government without a border deal

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America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.

Top NSC official may be moved after "Anonymous" rumor fallout

President Trump at the Daytona 500. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Top Trump administration officials are in discussions to reassign deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council, per two sources familiar with the planning.

Why it matters: Coates' working relationship with National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, who elevated her to the deputy role only months ago, has strained amid an effort by some people inside the administration to tag her as "Anonymous" — a charge she has vehemently denied to colleagues.

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion for climate change research

Bezos at Amazon Smbhav in New Delhi on Jan. 15. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced the launch of his "Earth Fund" on Monday via Instagram to fund climate change research and awareness.

What he's saying: Bezos says he's initially committing $10 billion to fund "scientists, activists, and NGOS" that are working on environmental preservation and protection efforts.