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Trump plans White House border wall briefing

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President Trump has invited congressional leaders from both parties to a Wednesday briefing at the White House about a border wall, which would be the first meeting between Trump and Democratic leaders since the start of the partial government shutdown, Politico reports.

The backdrop: As the shutdown stretches into its second week, House Democrats plan to pass a short-term funding bill aimed at reopening the government — but without increased funding for Trump's wall — once they assume power on Thursday. That could force a direct showdown with the president, who asked incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "make a deal" in a Tuesday afternoon tweet.