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Some Democrats reportedly trying to rein in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – live Ocasio-Cortez responds to reports Democrats are trying to rein her in – live
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S&P Global estimate that the border wall shutdown has already cost the economy $3.6bn, and in another two weeks will have cost $6bn.
Keen watchers will note that $6bn is more than the $5.7bn that Trump is demanding to build the wall.
“We estimated that this shutdown could shave approximately $1.2 billion off real GDP in the quarter for each week that part of the government is closed,” said Beth Ann Bovino, S&P’s chief US economist, said in a widely circulated memo.
“That may seem like pennies for the world’s biggest economy, but it means a lot to those workers trying to cover their household costs without their paychecks.”
According to CNBC, Wells Fargo estimates the shutdown could be costing as much as $2bn a week.
An apparent response from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to that Politico article... citing hirsute British graphic novelist Alan Moore. Moore is known for his work on comic books such as Watchmen and V for Vendetta.An apparent response from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to that Politico article... citing hirsute British graphic novelist Alan Moore. Moore is known for his work on comic books such as Watchmen and V for Vendetta.
To quote Alan Moore: “None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME.” 🤣 https://t.co/8TCmKNJlkDTo quote Alan Moore: “None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME.” 🤣 https://t.co/8TCmKNJlkD
Donald Trump’s on deck, performing his greatest hits. Featuring Cryin’ Chuck, Wall, and So Much Other Big Trouble.Donald Trump’s on deck, performing his greatest hits. Featuring Cryin’ Chuck, Wall, and So Much Other Big Trouble.
Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion! I have been there numerous times - The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY....Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion! I have been there numerous times - The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY....
...The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago. They never got it done - I will. Without it, our Country cannot be safe. Criminals, Gangs, Human Traffickers, Drugs & so much other big trouble can easily pour in. It can be stopped cold!...The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago. They never got it done - I will. Without it, our Country cannot be safe. Criminals, Gangs, Human Traffickers, Drugs & so much other big trouble can easily pour in. It can be stopped cold!
A terminal at Miami International airport will be closed this weekend due to a lack of Transportation Security Administration workers.A terminal at Miami International airport will be closed this weekend due to a lack of Transportation Security Administration workers.
Security checkpoints at Terminal G, one of six at the airport, will close at 1pm Saturday, reopen on Sunday morning, then shut again at 1pm on Sunday afternoon. Travelers are also being encouraged to arrive extra early “due to uncertainties created by the lapse in federal government funding”.Security checkpoints at Terminal G, one of six at the airport, will close at 1pm Saturday, reopen on Sunday morning, then shut again at 1pm on Sunday afternoon. Travelers are also being encouraged to arrive extra early “due to uncertainties created by the lapse in federal government funding”.
“We felt we had to make a decision before the weekend,” said Greg Chin. “They’re erring on the side of caution.”“We felt we had to make a decision before the weekend,” said Greg Chin. “They’re erring on the side of caution.”
Chin said if the shutdown continues the airport may have to close checkpoints at two more terminals.Chin said if the shutdown continues the airport may have to close checkpoints at two more terminals.
A statement on the Miami airport website suggests checking TSA.gov for more info, but the TSA website has not been updated since December 21 – due to the shutdown.A statement on the Miami airport website suggests checking TSA.gov for more info, but the TSA website has not been updated since December 21 – due to the shutdown.
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.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 support an effort to recruit left-leaning primary challengers to incumbents – and warning her she needs to play along to get along.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 support 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”.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.”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.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.“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.
Who will pay for Donald Trump's border wall?Who will pay for Donald Trump's border wall?
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.