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Sarah Sanders. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump has asked every federal agency to contribute to the $5 billion in border wall funding he has demanded from Congress to avoid shutting the government down, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.

The big picture: Last week, Trump said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government over funding for the border wall. But Sanders said the administration is now hoping they can prevent a shutdown by securing funding from elsewhere. Lawmakers have until Friday to pass a funding bill that will keep the government open.

  • Sanders added that Trump is "disappointed" in Congress for failing to come up with a spending deal to keep the government open. Last week, both House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Trump at the White House to hash out a deal. It went nowhere.

Other highlights:

  • Addressing Michael Flynn's sentencing hearing, Sanders doubled down on her claim from earlier in the day that Flynn was "ambushed" by FBI investigators — despite Flynn reaffirming in court that he knew it was illegal to lie to the FBI. She also claimed that actions Flynn engaged in don't "have anything to do with the president directly," and that she was unaware of any actions he took that would indicate treason.
  • Sanders said Trump would "take a look" at extraditing Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania who the Turkish government has accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. Flynn has admitted to failing to register as a foreign agent of Turkey while lobbying to have Gulen extradited, work for which two of his business associates have been indicted.
  • Sanders also announced Trump would attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next month.

Go deeper: White House looking at “other ways” to get $5 billion for border wall

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest — triggering widespread power outages and flooding.

Why it matters: The strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood.

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Saudi dissident claims MBS said he could get "poison ring" to kill king

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the Saudi Green Initiative Forum, via video link, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Photo: Royal Court of Saudi Arabia/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A former senior Saudi intelligence official who worked with the U.S. on counterterrorism alleged to "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed in 2014 killing the kingdom's then-monarch.

Why it matters: The claim by the exiled Saad al-Jabri, whom Saudi authorities describe as "a discredited former government official," that the crown prince, known as "MBS," allegedly said he could obtain a "ring from Russia" to carry out the attack, is one of several serious but unproven allegations he made on the CBS show.

“You blew it”: GOP activist turns on corporations over vaccine mandates

The chairman of the American Conservative Union said on "Axios on HBO" he accepts "Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed," but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — with greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.

The big picture: In a joint interview with his wife, Mercedes, Matt Schlapp also refused to share their vaccination status. And he told corporate America "you blew it" by embracing vaccine mandates and liberal social stances that have alienated GOP voters and politicians.