16 days until the government runs out of money.

Lawmakers begin negotiating to find a way to avoid another shutdown. House and Senate negotiators are discussing border security and other issues. Republicans suggested tying an increase in the nation's borrowing limit to funding for President Donald Trump's border wall. That idea was rejected out of hand by Democrats - https://wapo.st/2G8KVsE

President Trump's advisors are pushing for another shutdown in February. Campaign advisers for Trump's re-election efforts are telling him the last shutdown improved his standing ahead of the 2020 campaign, so another one might be advantageous - http://bit.ly/2GbazwN

Trump met with Putin in November with no aides from the U.S. present. President Trump had several minutes with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in November without a note taker or interpreter from the U.S. there. The Washington Post previously reported that President Trump had taken extraordinary steps to hide details of his previous conversations with Putin - http://bit.ly/2FWHTZi

Democrats tap Stacy Abrams to deliver the response to the State of the Union. The Democrat who narrowly lost the Georgia gubernatorial contest gets the prime speaking spot following President Trump's speech - https://wapo.st/2FYDfKo

Hillary Clinton is not running for president. Her former campaign manager says the speculation is just "catnip" for the media - https://cnn.it/2G2eOfd

Intelligence directors say Trump's foreign policy is based on faulty assumptions. CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Tuesday that North Korea is unlikely to give up their nuclear weapons, ISIS is still a major force in Syria, and Iran is not currently pursuing a nuclear weapon - https://cnn.it/2G8dsOW

Texas Republicans are worried Trump could lose their state in 2020. They're sounding the alarm that the Lone Star State could go blue in a presidential election for the first time since 1976 - https://washex.am/2G0ncLS

Polls! Polls! Polls!

  • Americans trust Nancy Pelosi more than they do Donald Trump - http://bit.ly/2FUZfWB

  • 56% of Americans say they will "definitely not" vote for President Trump if he is nominated by Republicans in 2020 - https://wapo.st/2FYHIg9

  • 58 percent of Americans oppose another government shutdown. 54 percent said they would blame President Trump and Congressional Republicans if there is another shutdown - https://politi.co/2FYVqQe

  • 70 percent of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction, the highest level recorded since September of 2017 - http://bit.ly/2FUXEA5

  • Sen. Kamala Harris is starting to gain traction with Democratic voters - https://politi.co/2FWKkuU

Democrats in Congress may ban members from sleeping in their office. As many as 100 members of Congress sleep in their offices as a way to show voters their frugality - http://bit.ly/2FYeYEb

Eric Trump says Democrats are pushing an anti-American message. He said the party has become "radicalized" and their message is "insane" - http://bit.ly/2FYs83R

Howard Schultz says he might run for president because Democrats are moving too far to the left. He cited the proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to slap a 70 percent marginal income tax rate on the wealthy as part of why he's considering an independent run - https://cnb.cx/2FY7P6M

Trump's company will expand checks of employee's legal status. Following reports that they hired undocumented workers at Trump's golf courses, President Trump's company announced they would institute E-Verify for employees - https://wapo.st/2FYST8G

Harley Davidson turned a profit, but it was wiped out by President Trump's tariffs. The motorcycle manufacturer barely broke even last quarter - https://bloom.bg/2FYRXB5

"Almost instant frostbite." The dangerous cold blitzing parts of the midwest prompted the Postal Service to cancel mail service, and businesses are closing to keep workers safe. The wind chill of 25 below zero can cause frostbite in as little as five minutes - http://bit.ly/2G8QgAg