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Mitch McConnell has called for a vote to end the government shutdown at 1 a.m. on Monday, per the Washington Post. His plan would keep the government open through February 8, and is not likely to include concessions Democrats are seeking on immigration.

Little tangible progress was made on Saturday, as both sides exchanged blame and the White House insisted the shutdown would be short and painless, compared to the 2013 shutdown under Barack Obama.

The Trump angle

President Trump intended to be at a Mar a Lago bash tonight to celebrate the one year anniversary of his inauguration as president. He has steered clear of the back-and-forth on Capitol Hill, but did send a series of tweets blaming the shutdown on Democrats:

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Per Politico, he has been "expressing annoyance to aides" that he had to miss the Mar a Lago party. The White House released a photograph of him in the Oval Office, noting that he was working during the shutdown.

Schumer's position

He's blaming Trump, and claiming they were close to reaching a deal until the president moved the goal posts.

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Republican leadership
  • Paul Ryan: “We do some crazy things in Washington, but this is utter madness. Senate Democrats shut down this government, and now Senate Democrats need to open this government back up.”
  • Mitch McConnell: “Here we are. Day 1 of the Senate Democrats’ government shutdown. We did everything we could to stop them.”
Inside the administration
  • OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said aspects of government, like the National Parks, would continue to function as normal, despite shutting down in 2013 under Obama: “The Obama administration weaponized the shutdown in 2013. The only conclusion I can draw is they did so for political purposes. So it will look different this time around.”
  • Legislative Director Marc Short said Republicans won't negotiate on immigration until the government re-opens.
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The moderates
  • Per the NY Times: "A bipartisan group of about 18 lawmakers, calling themselves the Common Sense Coalition, met Saturday afternoon in the office of Senator Susan Collins... in an effort to find a way forward. Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, said the group hoped to present a proposal to Senate leaders either later Saturday or Sunday.
  • Lindsey Graham: "A government shutdown never ends well for Republicans, and it seldom ends well for the party in power... we'll get the lion’s share of the blame."
The end game

Per the Times: "The likeliest route for lawmakers to reopen the government is to agree on a stopgap spending measure that stretches longer than the few days that Senate Democrats want, but shorter than the four weeks that the House approved on Thursday."

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In photos: Pope Francis spreads message of peace on first trip to Iraq

Pope Francis waving as he arrives near the ruins of the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (al-Tahira-l-Kubra), in the old city of Iraq's northern Mosul on March 7. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis was on Sunday visiting areas of northern Iraq once held by Islamic State militants.

Why it matters: This is the first-ever papal trip to Iraq. The purpose of Francis' four-day visit is largely intended to reassure the country's Christian minority, who were violently persecuted by ISIS, which controlled the region from 2014-2017.

Cuomo faces fresh misconduct allegations from former aides

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a February press conference in New York City. Photo: Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was on Saturday facing fresh accusations of misconduct against his staff, including further allegations of inappropriate behavior against two more women. His office denies the claims.

Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."

In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.