Feb 7, 2019

Pelosi predicts GOP leaders won't allow another shutdown

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with Politico on Wednesday in her Capitol Hill office, discussing the looming government shutdown and the challenges of leading a divided House.

Driving the news: Pelosi predicted that Republican congressional leaders won't allow another government shutdown to happen next week if no compromise is reached on border security, calling the issue "too hot to handle."

More from the interview:

  • On the State of the Union: "Don't waste your time on this. This is theatrics, this is not government. We just take this in stride."
  • On accessing Trump's tax returns: "I hear people say, 'Why didn't they do it the first day?' You have to do it right. You have to protect the prerogatives of the House of Representatives and you cannot be scattershot about that."
  • On the Green New Deal: "It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"
  • On 2020 Democratic candidates: "People are going to have to show their 'why.' ... What is your vision? Why are you doing this? The person who wins is the person who has that and connects. So I want to see who connects."

Go deeper: AOC says Nancy Pelosi is "doing a great job"

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

Situational awareness

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.