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Government shutdown: Trump digs in as hundreds of thousands miss paychecks – live Government shutdown: Trump digs in as hundreds of thousands miss paychecks – live
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Democrats are apparently trying to rein in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, using an approach which Politico says is “part carrot, part stick”. But at the same time, many are fearful of the New Yorker, with some reportedly comparing her influence to that of Donald Trump.
Lawmakers and aides are said to be urging Ocasio-Cortez to rein in her attacks on fellow Democrats – in November the congresswoman said she would an effort to recruit left-leaning primary challengers to incumbents – and warning her she needs to play along to get along.
Democratic congressman Emanuel Cleaver told Politico that he was “sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people”.
He added: “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”
Two House Democratic sources compared her use of Twitter to Donald Trump’s. Just as congressional Republicans constantly withhold criticism of the president out of fear he’ll unleash a tweet at them, some Democrats have done the same with Ocasio-Cortez.
“People are afraid of her,” said one senior Democratic aide.
The latest edition of the Guardian’s podcast, Today in Focus, addresses the shutdown.The latest edition of the Guardian’s podcast, Today in Focus, addresses the shutdown.
Tune in to hear Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of paralysis.Tune in to hear Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of paralysis.
So what’s Trump up to this morning?So what’s Trump up to this morning?
So far, he’s continuing the lie that Mexico is paying for the border wall. According to the non-partisan factcheck.org (and numerous other fact checkers) this is false. But here we go:So far, he’s continuing the lie that Mexico is paying for the border wall. According to the non-partisan factcheck.org (and numerous other fact checkers) this is false. But here we go:
I often said during rallies, with little variation, that “Mexico will pay for the Wall.” We have just signed a great new Trade Deal with Mexico. It is Billions of Dollars a year better than the very bad NAFTA deal which it replaces. The difference pays for Wall many times over!I often said during rallies, with little variation, that “Mexico will pay for the Wall.” We have just signed a great new Trade Deal with Mexico. It is Billions of Dollars a year better than the very bad NAFTA deal which it replaces. The difference pays for Wall many times over!
Later on – at 2.30pm – Trump will be holding a public cabinet meeting about border security.Later on – at 2.30pm – Trump will be holding a public cabinet meeting about border security.
Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the day’s politics news.Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the day’s politics news.
Hundreds of thousands of people will miss their paychecks today as the government shutdown rolls on. It’s the first payday that federal workers will forego due to the impasse. That comes as the deadlock between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders over $5.7bn funding for a border wall shows no sign of coming to an end.Hundreds of thousands of people will miss their paychecks today as the government shutdown rolls on. It’s the first payday that federal workers will forego due to the impasse. That comes as the deadlock between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders over $5.7bn funding for a border wall shows no sign of coming to an end.
Trump is continuing to explore options which don’t require negotiation, however. Specifically, the president is exploring a national emergency declaration, which would enable him to swipe government money without the approval of Congress.Trump is continuing to explore options which don’t require negotiation, however. Specifically, the president is exploring a national emergency declaration, which would enable him to swipe government money without the approval of Congress.
According to reports, Trump fancies taking money for his wall from money earmarked for disaster recovery. He could nab funding from the Army Corps of Engineers budget. The Washington Post says Trump “has urged the Army Corps” to determine how quickly they can get building contracts signed.According to reports, Trump fancies taking money for his wall from money earmarked for disaster recovery. He could nab funding from the Army Corps of Engineers budget. The Washington Post says Trump “has urged the Army Corps” to determine how quickly they can get building contracts signed.
In other news, the US has begun withdrawing troops from Syria. A spokesman for the US-led coalition against Isis said the withdrawl had begun but offered no further details. Trump surprised many with his abrupt announcement of the pull out last month.In other news, the US has begun withdrawing troops from Syria. A spokesman for the US-led coalition against Isis said the withdrawl had begun but offered no further details. Trump surprised many with his abrupt announcement of the pull out last month.