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Situational awareness - January 10, 2019
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.
Executive summary: Utahns don't want to pay for President Trump's wall. The Bishop to Interior talk heats up. Trump and Democrats dig in.
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Salt Lake Tribune
President Donald Trump and Democrats are digging in as the partial government shutdown enters its 20th day. President Trump stormed out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer when they told him they were not willing to budge on his demand for money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said the negotiations were a "total waste of time" - https://wapo.st/2FkMuUV
An emergency declaration may be Trump's only way out. President Trump's threat to declare a national emergency so he can build his border wall may be the only realistic way out of the impasse with Congress - https://nyti.ms/2FmIwKx
Trump's usual playbook isn't working. President Trump's go-to strategy in negotiations is to keep his opponents off-balance. That doesn't seem to be working this time around - https://wapo.st/2FmyAlh
A shutdown deal? Republican senators plan to push a proposal to give President Donald Trump money for his border wall while including several measures long-sought by Democrats including protections for DACA recipients - https://cnn.it/2FkN6db
Trump's TV ratings. Just over 40 million people watched President Trump's primetime speech on Tuesday night as he made his pitch for funding the border wall. But, slightly more people tuned in to watch the Democratic response - http://bit.ly/2FruSpH
The shutdown affects the food supply. Food inspections by the FDA have been sharply reduced because of the partial government shutdown. The agency has suspended all routine inspections of food-processing facilities - https://wapo.st/2FoQYsH
Get ready for pain at the airport. TSA officers are quitting the job because they're being forced to work without pay. Not only will that lead to longer lines at the airport, but it also creates a massive security risk because there aren't enough screeners - http://bit.ly/2FlknnI
Seriously? The Coast Guard has some suggestions for employees who will not be paid during the government shutdown, saying they should hold garage sales, babysit or become dog walkers to supplement their income. Another idea floated was to become a "mystery shopper" - https://wapo.st/2FkTArH
Texas landowners ready to fight Trump's wall. The federal government has started surveying land along the U.S.-Mexico border, but many landowners who would be affected by the wall say they don't want to give up their land - http://bit.ly/2FofFW5
The White House lawyers up. The White House legal team has hired 17 lawyers in an effort to gear up ahead of a likely flood of investigations from the Democratic-controlled House - https://wapo.st/2FgqGd7
House Dems want answers. Treasury Secretary Steven Mcuchin will give a classified briefing to House lawmakers on the decision to lift sanctions on companies linked to a Russian oligarch - https://nbcnews.to/2FoHAp9
AG nominee won't interfere with Mueller. Republican Senators say William Barr, President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, won't hinder special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's ties with Russia - https://wapo.st/2Fk3oDa
He's out. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave his job, but not until after special counsel Robert Mueller's probe wraps up - https://nbcnews.to/2FmCXwu
That seems like a lot. A new report from a liberal think tank says Donald Trump's campaign and transition team had more than 100 contacts with Russian-linked officials - http://bit.ly/2FocI8c
He's not running. Tom Steyer, the billionaire behind the high-profile campaign to impeach President Trump, says he will not seek the Democratic nomination in 2020 - https://nyti.ms/2FkOrRf
She is running. Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris will reportedly launch her campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination in Oakland on MLK Day - http://bit.ly/2FiihG3
Uh oh. A top adviser for Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign has been accused of forcibly kissing a female subordinate during the campaign - https://politi.co/2FodeD4
Startling claims about the CIA director. The attorney for the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks claims CIA director Gina Haspel ran an agency black site at Guantanamo Bay. Haspel also reportedly ran a black site in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded - http://bit.ly/2Fmp2FS
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