Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) to you and yours.
We're testing a shortened holiday version of PM today, diving right into the news, with a few fun pics.
1. What you missed
- President Trump said this morning: "I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen," and that the partial government shutdown won't end until "we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it." Go deeper.
- An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in U.S. government custody. He’s the second immigrant child to die while in detention just this month. Go deeper.
- The body of 7-year-old Guatemalan girl Jakelin Caal, the other child who died while in U.S. custody, was brought home today. Go deeper.
- The U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Syria are continuing, an unspoken message that the coalition doesn't consider the terrorist group to be defeated. Go deeper.
- What we're reading: A youth movement that was founded less than two years ago and that stages most of its protests by singing has been lobbying on Capitol Hill for the "Green New Deal" — and has become "the dominant influence on the environmental policy" of the young, progressive Democrats, The New Yorker’s Emily Witt writes.
2. Christmas du jour
Above: Hundreds of Santas skiing in the Christmas snow in New Hampshire. (Full vid via Reuters)
Below: Australian kids enjoying the Christmas heat at the beach.
3. 1 more Christmas thing
"Nothing Is More American Than Chinese Food on Christmas," Lillian Li writes for the N.Y. Times.
- "Chinese food on Christmas has become, according to Rabbi [Joshua] Plaut, an acceptable alternative for anyone looking outside the usual holiday celebrations."
- "It makes sense that Chinese restaurants were a destination for Jewish families on Christmas — they were among the only ones open, both literally and metaphorically."
- "Chinese restaurants used to be one of the few public places that welcomed African-American diners..."
- "It seems like proof that Chinese food and culture is finally part of mainstream America: Chinese restaurants have managed to become as culturally American as milk and cookies for Santa."