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On Politics: White House Digs In on Wall Demands – The New York Times

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On Politics: White House Digs In on Wall Demands

Jan. 11, 2019

Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

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Thursday was a busy day for the government shutdown, despite little progress toward a resolution. President Trump traveled to the southern border to bolster his case for a wall, and he canceled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, citing the Democrats’ “intransigence.” Also, Vice President Mike Pence went to Capitol Hill, digging in on a demand for the wall and shattering talk of a compromise with Democrats.

Years before Mr. Trump demonized immigrants, Representative Steve King of Iowa took to the House floor to show off a scale model of a 12-foot border wall he designed, called for the end of birthright citizenship and used misleading data to justify demeaning remarks about Latinos.

Farm country stood by Mr. Trump, even as it strained under billions in losses from the president’s trade wars. But with the shutdown now dragging into its third week, some farmers say they are at a breaking point.

In the latest effort to press Washington to put federal employees back to work, union leaders representing air traffic controllers and aviation safety inspectors warned that the shutdown was hurting the safety of the nation’s air travel system.

Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a hush-money scheme, will testify publicly before Congress next month to give, what he called, “a full and credible account” of his work on behalf of Mr. Trump.

Ukranian lawmakers known for pro-Russian initiatives were in Washington during Mr. Trump’s inauguration, pushing a plan that would have allowed the incoming administration to lift sanctions against Russia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a new manifesto for American action in the Middle East, offering a vision based on assertive American leadership despite Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria.

The Trump administration defended its decision to lift sanctions on companies linked to the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska just hours before Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was set to deliver a classified briefing to members of Congress.

Senator Bernie Sanders again apologized to women on his 2016 presidential campaign after a series of damaging reports revealed the mistreatment of female staff members.

With populism making a strong comeback on the left, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other potential Democratic presidential candidates are decrying billionaires who might self-finance campaigns, including Michael R. Bloomberg.

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Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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