Feb 7, 2018 - Politics

Sanders: White House is "hopeful" about DACA deal with Congress

Sarah Sanders briefs the press. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told the press in a briefing on Wednesday that the President is "hopeful" for a deal on DACA with Congress.

Why it matters: Congress has until Thursday at midnight to finalize the latest proposed budget deal, or risk another government shutdown. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday morning that she would not support a deal that didn't include legislation to protect Dreamers, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they reached a deal on a two-year funding deal that excludes a DACA provision.

Go deeper: Trump's four pillar framework for immigration.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke to the press at the briefing saying that a government shutdown "would be very damaging to the military...it paralyzes everything that we do."
  • On the reported planning of a military parade, Mattis said the department is "putting together some options," and that Trump's "fondness for the military is reflected in him asking for a parade."
  • Sanders said the White House hasn't "made a final decision" about a military parade, but that Trump is "exploring different ways that he can highlight and show the pride that we have in the military."

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Honoring Kobe Bryant: Sports stars, politicians and celebrities mourn NBA great

Kobe Bryant on court for the Los Angeles Lakers during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center in Dallas in February 2010. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Sports stars, politicians and celebrities paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a California helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on Saturday. He was 41.

What they're saying: Lakers great Shaquille O'Neal said in an Instagram post of his former teammate, "There's no words to express the pain I'm going through now with this tragic and sad moment of losing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you brother and you will be missed."

Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

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We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.