Seven days until the government shuts down unless Congress can agree to a funding deal.

Congress is closing in on a bipartisan funding deal, with no money for Trump's border wall. President Trump is reportedly warming to the plan which will avoid another government shutdown -  https://politi.co/2MSUqgS

The Supreme Court blocked a restrictive Louisiana abortion law. The law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and would likely lead to the closure of most abortion clinics in that state - https://nyti.ms/2MTILOV

President Donald Trump ramps up his criticism of Democratic investigations into his administration. Trump complained about "Unlimited Presidential Harassment" on Twitter - https://politi.co/2MSMiNB

President Trump is furious that Democrats are hiring former National Security Council officials to help with investigations. The House Intelligence Committee hired former NSC workers to assist with oversight of the Trump administration - https://cnn.it/2MTSFA4

House Democrats begin their push to obtain Trump's tax returns. House Republicans objected to the move, claiming the Democrats were violating the president's privacy - https://nyti.ms/2MUxMF2

William Barr's nomination as Attorney General advances. His nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote - https://abcn.ws/2MVp8WP

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before Congress Friday. He initially said he would not testify unless Democrats promised not to subpoena him - https://cnn.it/2MTS9C8

Democrats introduce their "Green New Deal" plan. The liberal wing of the party unveiled a sweeping strategy for combating climate change - https://nyti.ms/2MVq79t

Polls! Polls! Polls!

  • 87% of Americans say special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation should be made public - https://cnn.it/2MTJC25
  • President Trump's approval ratings drop again. 55% of Americans disapprove of the president's job performance - http://bit.ly/2MWLwiv

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos says the National Enquirer tried to extort him. Bezos says the tabloid threatened to publish graphic personal photos unless he stopped investigating how the publication obtained private messages between him and his mistress - https://wapo.st/2SAuSdW

Saudi Prince told aide he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the threat more than a year before Khashoggi was murdered by a team of Saudi operatives inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul - https://nyti.ms/2MSTCsm

John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress, dies. The Michigan Democrat was 92. He served 29 terms in the House - https://wapo.st/2SCo0fY

A Florida politician has resigned after sexually assaulting a man by licking his face. Nancy Oakley also reportedly groped the man's crotch area - http://bit.ly/2MZOvXG