Pelosi: Shutdown May Upend State of Union Address

The partial government shutdown threw a prime Washington ritual into question Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to forgo his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech, expressing doubts that the hobbled government can provide adequate security. Republicans saw her move as a ploy to deny Trump the stage.

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Survey: Americans Won’t Budge on Border Wall Stance

The federal government shutdown over funding for a border wall has lasted 26 days, the longest in U.S. history, but Americans are not interested in their party making any concession that would end the impasse, according to a Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.

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IRS Recalls 46,000 Workers for Tax Season

The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 employees furloughed by the partial government shutdown to handle tax returns and process refunds — and work without pay. And The House and Senate announced Tuesday they would stay in session, canceling a planned recess week at home if the shutdown continues, which seems likely.

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Lindsey Graham Proposes Short-Term Reopening of Government

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday encouraged President Trump to reopen government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over the border wall . If there’s no deal at the end of that time, Graham said, Trump should be free to take the dramatic step of declaring a national emergency to build it.

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Trump Indicates He Won’t Declare Emergency ‘So Fast’

President Donald Trump tamped down expectations that he is close to declaring a national emergency to get the money he desires to build his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as a three-week impasse closing parts of the government continued on Friday.

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