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House Republicans' new reality

Incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A job posting by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee says it all about the party's new reality beginning today. The committee is seeking an Investigative Counsel — "an attorney with several years of investigative or litigation experience," according to the listing on Tom Manatos Jobs, a popular Capitol Hill jobs board.

Between the lines: "Litigation experience" is at least partly in anticipation of the possibility of impeachment proceedings, a Hill source tells me.

No solution on government shutdown emerges from White House meeting

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi look flabbergasted.
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After meeting with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday, congressional leaders said they failed to find a solution that would end the government shutdown and plan to meet again on Friday.

The state of play: House Democrats plan to pass a short-term spending bill Thursday that does not include funding for Trump's border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate won’t take up the House bill if President Trump won’t sign it, and suggested that it could take "weeks" to reach an agreement.

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