8 days until the government runs out of funding.

House Democrats supercharge the investigation into Trump. The House Intelligence Committee announced they would begin looking into President Donald Trump's finances and whether Russia or other foreign powers have influence over Trump or his family - https://nyti.ms/2SwUsQZ

Trump lashes out at Democrats as investigations ramp up. Trump called House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff a "political hack" and said the investigations are "political harassment" - https://wapo.st/2MVzGVH

Congress works toward a funding deal to avoid another shutdown. Negotiators are working toward an accord to increase fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border without giving President Trump the money he's demanding for a border wall - https://wapo.st/2Sy1Rzl

"There will not be another shutdown." Speaker Nancy Pelosi said shutting down the government again is an issue that will be "too hot to handle," and lawmakers have no appetite for another shutdown - https://politi.co/2SxDsKd

Mueller probe appears to be winding down. Another prosecutor is leaving Mueller's team, which observers say is a sign the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia is coming to an end - https://cnn.it/2SEVUkt

Woah! In 2006, Donald Trump demanded $20 million to put his name on a tower in Moscow. A Ukranian-Russian made the claim during an interview with Bloomberg News - https://bloom.bg/2SAe7PZ

President Trump attended just 17 intelligence meetings in the last 85 days. Intelligence officials say the president participates in relatively few in-person intelligence briefings and does not regularly read the daily intelligence summary prepared for him - https://nbcnews.to/2StWLUX

2020 watch:

  • Nearly 60% of Democrats say former Vice President Joe Biden should make a run for the White House - https://cnn.it/2SxBGZz
  • Elizabeth Warren is doing some serious damage control right now. She says she may have identified as American Indian on other documents after it was revealed she did so on her Texas State Bar registration - https://politi.co/2SrPB3B
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is expected to launch her presidential bid on Sunday, reportedly had three people decline to run her campaign because of her history of mistreating staffers - http://bit.ly/2SrPFAn
  • If Howard Schultz launches an independent bid for the White House in 2020, a survey finds it would provide a boost for President Donald Trump's re-election chances - https://bloom.bg/2SCjgqE

What the heck is going on in Virginia? The #3 leader in Virginia, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, admitted Wednesday he dressed in blackface in college. The admission is yet another scandal engulfing the executive branch - https://wapo.st/2N0soQV

Polls! Polls! Polls!

  • 74% of Americans say they back a proposed wealth tax on people with at least $50 million in assets - http://bit.ly/2SCJnO8
  • Republicans are divided on whether wearing blackface is a problem. 36% of Republicans say it's acceptable, while 38% say it's not. 78% of Democrats say it's not acceptable - http://bit.ly/2SAIVAa

Farmers are getting hit hard by Trump's trade policies. U.S. agricultural exports are plunging and the average farm income has dropped to a nearly 15-year low, exacerbating a financial crisis in America's heartland -  https://politi.co/2SwiGLg

The White House will introduce a program to boost economic security for women around the globe. The initiative, led by Ivanka Trump, will help bolster the global economy - https://nyti.ms/2SEvkHQ

Someone keeps sending Republican Sen. Ben Sasse mean fortune cookies. The cookies contain messages wishing creative forms of punishment on him - http://bit.ly/2SxC9ef

Department of conspiracy theories:

  • Even though she appeared in public earlier this week, conspiracy theorists still insist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is dead - https://wapo.st/2Su0T7m
  • Trump supporters are sharing a picture on social media they say shows Hillary Clinton wearing blackface. The photo is clearly not Clinton - http://bit.ly/2SEUAhu

The five warmest years on the planet have occurred since 2014. Last year was the 4th warmest year on record, trailing 2015, 2016 and 2017 according to figures from NOAA. Nine of the 10 warmest years in history have occurred since 2005 - http://bit.ly/2SxXZOP