Not the message Trump wants coming from one of his key economic advisers
As Chuck Schumer memorably put it, negotiating with Trump is like negotiating with Jell-o
Donald Trump’s closest advisers have competing senses of what the president would be willing to accept as part of a deal with Democrats to reopen government, underscoring the difficulty negotiators face in bridging the impasse over border security funding.
On Tuesday, people close to the president offered two different views of what he might concede in a possible negotiation. One said Trump wouldn’t accept any deal that didn’t deliver the full $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall that he seeks. Another said he’d be willing to reduce that amount if Democrats come up with concessions of their own.
The diverging views echo complaints from Democrats, who have said it’s impossible to negotiate with Trump because he and his representatives are at odds and make shifting offers that are subject to change at any time. And they’re not alone in that frustration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stayed silent for the first weeks of the shutdown after Trump suddenly reversed course in December and rejected a spending bill the Republican-led Senate had passed.
It’s unambiguous: Trump’s image is suffering over the government shutdown
It appears the Trump administration’s deliberate efforts to take away health insurance from people are paying off
Given his recent polling, praying might be a good option for Trump
A judge struck down the most restrictive abortion limit in the country, but abortion foes still hope to bring the law before the Supreme Court
Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled.
Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the restriction in May 2018, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant.
In the ruling, posted online, District Court Judge Michael Huppert wrote, “It is undisputed that such cardiac activity is detectable well in advance of the fetus becoming viable.”
A fetus that is viable outside the womb, usually at 24 weeks, is widely considered the threshold in the United States to prohibit an abortion.
More evidence that Trump’s crusade to give the American people a border wall is not popular with the American people
President Donald Trump’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high amid a historically long partial government shutdown and concerns about the president’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Nearly 6-in-10 voters — 57 percent — disapprove of Trump’s job performance, compared to the 40 percent that approve. In addition, 54 percent of voters blame Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill for the government shutdown. Only 35 percent blame congressional Democrats.
The new presidential candidate of the day is … Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has signaled for months that he would try to leap from local to presidential politics, announced Wednesday that he will join the burgeoning cast of Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.
Buttigieg made his plans official in a video and email sent to supporters early Wednesday, before taking part in the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C.
He announced in December that he would not seek a third term as mayor of the Indiana city, a move widely seen as a precursor to a presidential run. He said Wednesday he was setting up an exploratory committee for president, the legal mechanism allowing him to raise and spend money on behalf of his campaign.
Just a little over a month since a drone that suspended flights outside of London cost EasyJet almost $20 million
The Federal Aviation Administration halted all airplane arrivals into Newark Liberty International Airport Tuesday evening after a drone was spotted near another New Jersey airport.
Planes were unable to land at Newark for about 30 minutes during one of the airport’s busiest hours, according to an FAA spokesman. The agency placed the hold on arrivals after crews on two incoming flights to Newark spotted a drone at 5 p.m. flying about 3,500 feet over Teterboro Airport in northern New Jersey. Flights were then restored.
A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the Newark airport, said he didn’t know how many flights were affected.
The L.A. Teachers’ Strike officially reached a deal, including major wins for the quality of education within schools
The deal includes caps on class sizes, and hiring full-time nurses for every school, as well as a librarian for every middle and high school in the district by the fall of 2020. The union also won a significant concession from the district on standardized tests: Next year a committee will develop a plan to reduce the number of assessments by half. The pro-charter school board agreed to vote on a resolution calling on the state to cap the number of charter schools. Teachers also won a 6 percent pay raise, but that was the same increase proposed by the district before the strike.
The contract was ratified by an “overwhelming supermajority” of the roughly 30,000 members of the union, officials said Tuesday evening. Teachers are expected to be back in their classrooms Wednesday morning.
“Today is a day full of good news,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a news conference on Tuesday morning at City Hall, as he stood alongside Austin Beutner, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles. “This is a good agreement, it is a historic agreement, it gets to lower class sizes, it gets to proper support staff.”
December is normally a slow month, but some economists expect a stalled housing market in 2019
The RHA will permit abortions after 24 weeks for fetal abnormalities or when the woman’s health is threatened, and allow nurse practitioners and physicians assistants to perform the procedure
The Greenland ice sheet may have already passed a tipping point, which would lock in 20 feet of sea-level rise on its own
Greenland’s ice is melting faster than scientists previously thought, with the pace of ice loss increasing fourfold since 2003, new research has found.
Enormous glaciers in Greenland are depositing ever larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic Ocean, where it melts. But scientists have found that the largest ice loss in the decade from 2003 actually occurred in the south-west region of the island, which is largely glacier-free.
The fate of Greenland’s huge glaciers in the south-east and north-west has long been viewed as a key factor in global sea level rise but the Ohio State-led research suggests the ice fields of the island’s south-west may prove an unexpectedly large source of meltwater.
Assuming Bernie runs, his team is preparing to rework his ground game among POC voting blocs, a major weakness of his 2016 candidacy
Three years ago, Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Sanders in South Carolina with 74% of the vote to Mr. Sanders’s 26%. Nonwhite voters outnumbered whites nearly 2:1 in the state’s primary.
“We didn’t have the time and the ability to fight in the South,” Ben Tulchin, who served as the Sanders campaign pollster in 2016, said in a recent interview. “We didn’t have time to tell his story.”
Mr. Sanders returned to South Carolina on Monday, headlining a rally here in South Carolina’s capital city for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. He shared the 2020 spotlight: Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of several minority prospective candidates considering running for president, spoke at the same event. The pair sat next to each other earlier Monday morning at a church service honoring Dr. King.
Messrs. Sanders and Booker, in back-to-back speeches, sought to connect with a crowd largely composed of African-Americans, who hold sizable influence in the Democratic primary process.
Mr. Sanders returned to hallmarks of his 2016 campaign, calling for a $15 minimum wage nationally and a Medicare-for-all health care system. But he also spoke out against gentrification, black high-school dropout rates and infant mortality rates, casting those issues as a result of wealth inequality, which still is his core message. Mr. Sanders also took more aggressive swipes at President Trump than did Mr. Booker; the Vermont senator called the president “a racist.”
But how will it play to the base?
IRS hooky days could undermine the Trump administration’s attempts to keep tax refunds on schedule despite the shutdown
Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expected absences to surge as part of a coordinated protest that could hamper the government’s ability to process taxpayer refunds on time.
The Trump administration last week ordered at least 30,000 IRS workers back to their offices, where they have been working to process refunds without pay. It was one of the biggest steps the government has taken to mitigate the shutdown’s impact on Americans’ lives.
The move is the leading edge of pushback from within the IRS, and it signals the potential for civil servants to take actions that could slow or cripple government functions as the shutdown’s political stalemate continues in Washington. U.S. Department of Agriculture meat inspectors have begun to call in sick, Transportation Security Administration sickouts at airports have been rising, and federal law enforcement agencies say the shutdown is increasing stress among agents and affecting investigations.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Dems land seats in the House Oversight Committee
Disaster capitalism meets the Fortune 500
Bank of America Corp. worries flooded homeowners will default on their mortgages. The Walt Disney Co. is concerned its theme parks will get too hot for vacationers, while AT&T Inc. fears hurricanes and wildfires may knock out its cell towers.
As the Trump administration rolls back rules meant to curb global warming, new disclosures show that the country’s largest companies are already bracing for its effects. The documents reveal how widely climate change is expected to cascade through the economy – disrupting supply chains, disabling operations and driving away customers, but also offering new ways to make money.
The disclosures were collected by CDP, a U.K.-based nonprofit that asks companies to report their environmental impact, including the risks and opportunities they believe climate change presents for their businesses. More than 7,000 companies worldwide filed reports for 2018, including more than 1,800 from the U.S.
More disasters will make iPhones even more vital to people’s lives, Apple predicted.
“As people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones,’’ the company wrote. Its mobile devices “can serve as a flashlight or a siren; they can provide first aid instructions; they can act as a radio; and they can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks.’’
Poetic justice appears to be unaffected by the shutdown
Perhaps every other possible name for BMW’s new ride-sharing app was taken
A terrifying plot, stopped in its tracks
Three men in Greece are facing charges, accused of making bombs for an attack against a Muslim community in upstate New York.
The three men, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, and 20-year-old Brian Colaneri of Gates are all charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree and conspiracy. Officers say a 16-year-old boy is also facing charges in the case. His identity hasn’t been released due to his status as a minor.
Investigators say the trio had made explosive devices using mason jars and duct tape. Police say the jars had black powder inside along with projectiles like BBs and nails. Three bombs were found at the home of the minor. Twenty-three firearms were found at other locations connected to the investigation.