Jan 23, 2018

Schumer: Border wall offer "off the table"

Schumer and Trump at a meeting in the Oval Office. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday walked back an offer to discuss funding for the construction of President Trump's border wall.

The backdrop: This comes as Schumer is facing backlash from liberals and activists after some Senate Democrats voted on Monday to reopen the government instead of pushing harder for an immigration deal for DACA recipients as part of the agreement. Schumer’s withdrawal of the offer was first reported by Politico.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has recently promised to introduce a stand-alone immigration bill. But Senate aides and sources closely involved told Axios' Stef Kight that reaching an agreement to secure protections for DREAMers and a long-term budget spending plan by Feb. 8 looks almost impossible.
  • Per the Washington Post, Republican Sens. John Cornyn and David Perdue disclosed Tuesday that Schumer and Trump had discussed a $25 billion package to fund security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Go deeper: Axios' Stef Kight on why a DACA deal looks hard to reach.

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Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.

Brace yourself for a coronavirus outbreak

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Public-health officials’ warnings about the coronavirus are sounding increasingly urgent, with one top CDC official asking the public yesterday "to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad."

Reality check: Other administration officials, including President Trump himself, were more subdued in their assessments. But underneath those tonal differences, the reality of the coronavirus is the same: It spreads quickly, and has already spread to many countries, making it likely to start spreading here, too.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump group plans post-Super Tuesday blitz on Democrats

Democratic presidential hopefuls take the debate stage in South Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is preparing to unleash a series of targeted, swing-state attacks on the Democrats most likely to face President Trump after Super Tuesday, people familiar with the group's plans tell me in an exclusive preview of its strategy.

The state of play: The group has been tracking favorable/unfavorable ratings in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg — under the theory that if Trump wins each of these six states he would win re-election.