Jan 20, 2018

Here comes the government shutdown

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The Senate failed to pass a House bill to keep the government open late Friday night. Five Democrats broke ranks to join Republicans to pass the spending bill, but five Republicans voted no. Democrats want the spending bill to include provisions on immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: “This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators.”

The latest: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he will be proposing an amendment to fund the government through February 8, instead of February 16.

What happens next: The government shut down at midnight. Many thousands of federal employees will be furloughed and around 1.3 million military personnel will go without pay until it's over. President Trump cancelled a trip to Florida to stay in D.C.

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What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.

U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."

Husband of deceased Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to delete baseless Trump claims

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The husband of Lori Klausutis, an aide to Joe Scarborough when he was member of Congress who died in 2001, asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take down President Trump's tweets baselessly accusing the MSNBC host of murdering her, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times' Kara Swisher.

The state of play: Timothy Klausutis asked Dorsey to delete the tweets because Trump "has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain."