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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif). Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump in a letter Wednesday to hold off on his State of the Union address on Jan. 29 until after the government shutdown is resolved, or to submit his speech in writing instead.

The big picture: Citing furloughs in the Department of Homeland Security and in the Secret Service, Pelosi said the State of the Union demands "weeks of detailed planning" and cannot guarantee the safety of those present "with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs." Later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted that DHS and the Secret Service are "fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union."

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Corporate America finds downside to politics

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Corporate America is finding it can get messy when it steps into politics.

Why it matters: Urged on by shareholders, employees and its own company creeds, Big Business is taking increasing stands on controversial political issues during recent months — and now it's beginning to see the fallout.

Church groups say they can help the government more at border

A mural inside of Casa del Refugiado in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios

Despite the separation between church and state, the federal government depends upon religious shelters to help it cope with migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Why it matters: The network supports the U.S. in times of crisis, but now some shelter leaders are complaining about expelling families to Mexico when they have capacity — and feel a higher calling — to accommodate them.

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