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“Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!”

President Trump setting the stage for what he calls a "Democrat Shutdown." On Thursday night, the Republican-led House voted on party lines (221-185) to add $5.7B in border wall funding to a short-term spending bill. The bill now heads to the Senate where it has little to no chance of passing, setting the stage for partial gov't shutdown when funding expires at midnight Friday.
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“The Trump temper tantrum will shut down the government, but it will not get him his wall.”

Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-NY) accusing the President of forcing the gov't into a "Trump Shutdown." A bipartisan spending bill passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday maintaining the $1.3B current funding for border security & funding the gov't through February 8. Republicans, who hold the majority in the House, passed their own spending bill with more border security funding; the Senate will vote on it today.
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“…it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole and maybe even our planet.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at his annual news conference, on the rising threat of nuclear war. His comments come as the U.S. says it intends to pull out of a 1987 arms control agreement, which the U.S. says Russia is already violating - an allegation Moscow denies.
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“This is an unprecedented event. There’s not been anything like this anywhere in the world.”

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling speaking about “anti-drone” technology deployed to London's Gatwick airport. From Wednesday evening - Thursday afternoon, mysterious drones buzzed the airport, disrupting all travel, and impacting 120,000 holiday travelers. Law enforcement (with military support) has yet to find the illegal drones or the operator(s). The airport reopened Friday morning.
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“We remain confident, despite the court’s ruling today.”

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman, after a New York judge declined to dismiss sexual assault charges. Although more than 80 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, this case is about 2 women. The defense accused the prosecution of withholding evidence, but the judge says the trial will proceed with Weinstein returning to court March 7th.
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