• Republican leaders are confident they can find the votes to pass a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week [Politico].

  • Republicans could settle for a smaller corporate tax rate cut as they try to secure votes for their tax reform plan [Politico].

  • Senate Democrats call on Sen. Al Franken to resign after more women have come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct [Washington Post].

  • The Middle East is bracing for violent protests after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel [NBC News].

  • The State Department issued a "worldwide caution" for U.S. citizens traveling abroad following President Trump's announcement about Israel. The last time the State Department made this move was following the Iraq war [State Department].

  • Donald Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege to avoid telling Congressional investigators about a conversation he had with his father about a meeting he had with Russians in Trump tower during the 2016 campaign [Politico].

  • A whistleblower says former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a business associate that U.S. sanctions on Russia would be "ripped up" once President Trump was in the White House [NBC News].

  • Republicans are ramping up their attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI to try and discredit the Russia investigation [Washington Post].

  • Lawmakers in the House overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to impeach President Donald Trump. Just 58 Democrats voted for the measure [Politico].

  • The House passed a bill to dramatically expand gun rights [New York Times].

  • A producer for ABC news has been reprimanded for giving President Donald Trump's campaign exit polling data on election day [Politico].

  • Massive wildfires in Southern California race through parts of Los Angeles [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, arranges to enter the American military as a major general.

  • 1787 - Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

  • 1869 - Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.

  • 1917 - The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.

  • 1941 - Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Hawaii.

  • 1972 - Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched.

  • 1982 - In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr., becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.