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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came away from his meeting at the White House this morning with President Trump and other Senate Republican leaders with no new deal for Democrats, and said the Senate will vote today on the House's short-term spending bill, which includes $5.7 billion for border security.

The big picture: The bill, which McConnell — toeing the Trump line — called "uncontroversial," is extremely unlikely to pass, and a partial government shutdown will go into effect at midnight if no deal is reached. Trump, who rejected the initial short-term spending bill that the Senate passed earlier this week for not including enough money for his wall, tweeted earlier that Democrats are to blame if the government shuts down. Last week, he vowed to take full responsibility for a shutdown over funding for the border wall.

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35 mins ago - Politics & Policy

McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

2 hours ago - Technology

Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.

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