1 big thing: The Donald and Nancy show
The cordial exchanges between President Trump and House Speaker Pelosi — from just weeks ago — appear to be over, as the two have moved to strip away privileges traditionally honored across party lines.
- Just yesterday, Pelosi rescinded Trump's invite to speak on the House floor for the State of the Union.
- In today's surprise, the president revealed Pelosi was leaving on an overseas trip with Democratic lawmakers by releasing a letter telling her she couldn't use military planes for the trip.
- "Due to the shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over."
- "Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative."
Between the lines: Aides had asked news organizations not to publicly report the details of Pelosi's trip due to national security concerns, CBS' Steven Portnoy notes.
- She was scheduled to depart at 3 p.m., just 30 minutes after the letter was released, Fox News' John Roberts reports.
The bottom line: With 800,000 workers missing paychecks and government services on life support, the shutdown looks far more like a political campaign than a negotiation.
Bonus: Pic du jour
A man rides a horse through a bonfire during "Las Luminarias" Festival in Spain.
- In honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of animals, horses are ridden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain.
- The tradition, which is hundreds of years old, is meant to purify and protect the animal in the coming year.
2. What you missed
- Thousands of migrant children may have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border before the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy was officially announced. Go deeper.
- Former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves has told CBS' board that he intends to dispute its ruling to strip him of his $120 million severance after he was fired with cause. Go deeper.
- Facebook has removed hundreds of pages and accounts that pretended to be real news sites from places in Eastern Europe, but were actually operated employees from Russian state-owned news company Sputnik. Go deeper.
- The House approved a resolution to oppose the Treasury Department’s decision to ease sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
- A research team drilling thousands of feet under the Antarctic Ice Sheet has found new evidence of microbial life there — life forms not known to exist elsewhere. Go deeper.
- 6. A judge acquitted three Chicago police officers on charges of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old black teenager Laquan McDonald, which sparked nationwide protests. Go deeper.
3. 1 Disney thing
The AP got a behind-the-scenes look at Disney World's prep work for shows and entertainment.
- "The results of those labors take stage Friday when Disney World unveils a new Magic Kingdom parade, a Hollywood Studios street showing off the characters from 'The Incredibles' franchise, a Caribbean-style street band in Animal Kingdom and the start of an arts festival at Epcot."
- "In a few months, the resort opens a new animatronics show based on the 'Cars' character Lightning McQueen."
- Why it matters: "If the famous Disney Imagineers provide the 'wow' factor with their fantastical feats of engineering on rides and attractions, it’s the entertainment division that provides Disney World’s heart."