No deal to avert shutdown, Schumer says after meeting Trump
The White House meeting between Democrat Charles E. Schumer and President Trump had set off alarms among congressional Republicans, who are holding firm in support of the short-term spending bill that passed the House Thursday night. Senate Democrats had rallied against the measure because it does not offer protections for young undocumented immigrants or address other priorities such as disaster relief.
By Mike DeBonis, Ed O’Keefe, Erica Werner and Elise Viebeck  •  Read more »
More Americans blame Trump, GOP than Democrats for potential shutdown, poll shows
A 48 percent plurality says Republicans are mainly responsible for the situation resulting from disagreements over immigration laws and border security, according to a Post-ABC News poll.
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Wonkblog | Analysis
At IRS, more than half of workers could be sent home during shutdown
A government shutdown would deprive the federal agency about 56 percent of its workforce, according to the U.S. Treasury, just as that workforce is needed for one of its biggest jobs in decades.
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The Fix | Analysis
The senators whose votes will determine whether the government shuts down
Everyone who’s prepared to vote no has different reasons (and political motivations). Here are the four key factions in the Senate that could determine whether the government shuts down for the first time since 2013.
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If the government shuts down, will you still get your mail?
Should Congress fail to pass a spending bill, the process that follows could complicate the lives of federal workers and the millions of Americans who rely on them. Here are the answers to questions you might have about a shutdown.
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Trump holds off on Mar-a-Lago trip ahead of possible shutdown
Democrats criticized the president’s plan to leave town for a party to mark the anniversary of his inauguration.
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In a major change, Facebook will ask its 2 billion users to rank their trust in news organizations in news feed
The trust rankings will emerge from surveys the company is conducting and are an effort to combat fake news and misinformation that spread across the social network before and after the 2016 election. The changes will also stress local news sources.
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Justice Department will retry Sen. Robert Menendez in bribery case
A judge in November had declared a mistrial after a jury said it was deadlocked. The New Jersey Democrat had faced 18 counts for allegedly using his office improperly to benefit a political donor, which the defense described as an attempt to criminalize a friendship.
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Wonkblog | Analysis
The biggest losers in Amazon’s hunt for its second headquarters
The criteria included an educated and young population, an area with good public transit and a strong business environment. But some cities that have all that still missed the cut.
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Supreme Court to rule on Trump’s authority to implement travel ban
In what will be a major examination of presidential powers, the justices will consider the third iteration of the ban issued last fall, which bars various travelers from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities.
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New Zealand’s prime minister is pregnant. The Internet reacted predictably.
This writer, who also is pregnant, made the mistake of scrolling through some of the online discussions about Jacinda Ardern’s announcement and promptly wanted to lie face down on the floor.
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InTouch publishes 2011 interview with porn star who said she had an affair with Trump
In a 5,500-word transcript of the interview, Stephanie Clifford — who is credited on-screen as Stormy Daniels — said she met Donald Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in 2006.
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Trump seems to think sharks are ocean terrorists: ‘I hope all the sharks die’
His disdain for the creatures has been noted on Twitter — and it resurfaced because of the 2011 InTouch interview. But his response to terrorism incidents is generally as sweeping as his aversion to “Shark Week.”
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