Situational awareness: The big story so far at CES 2019 is just how much the Big Tech companies are partnering with one another, Axios' Ina Fried reports.
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It appears that the IRS has supplanted federal worker paychecks as the first true pain point in the Trump administration's partial government shutdown.
Behind the scenes: Until recently, Trump had been saying privately that he doesn’t think the American people care about shutdowns and that a shutdown wouldn't hurt him politically, a source familiar with the situation told Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Between the lines: "The IRS plans for this shutdown and for one that could have occurred during last year’s tax-filing season both listed 'issuing refunds' among the activities that can’t be performed during a shutdown," the WSJ's Richard Rubin and Peter Nicholas report.
P.S. Trump will address the nation tomorrow at 9 pm ET regarding the ongoing partial government shutdown. Some networks haven't decided whether to air the speech. They declined to air an Obama immigration speech in 2014. Go deeper.
An aerial view shows ice sculptures during the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, in China's northeast Heilongjiang province.
Mastercard, the legendary credit card provider, is taking its own name out of its branding, the company said today.