What We’re Following Today
It’s Monday, January 14. On the 24th day of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, midway through his first term in office, President Donald Trump took the stage at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th anniversary convention and reiterated his case for building a wall on the United States’ southern border. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that a bipartisan group of senators is forming in an attempt to reach a deal that would end the shutdown. Here’s what else we’re watching:
Dueling Narratives: Recent reports that Trump had gone so far as to seize his own interpreter’s notes in an effort to conceal details about his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and that the FBI at one point opened an inquiry into whether Trump was working on Russia’s behalf sparked very different reactions from Republicans and Democrats.
Pivot!: Last week, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was all in for Trump declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall, even tweeting on Friday, “Declare a national emergency NOW.” But by Sunday, he had started to change his tune.
Courting the Kingmaker: Potential Democratic presidential candidates from Booker to Beto are courting the endorsement of the well-known civil-rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, reports Edward-Isaac Dovere. (Need a refresher on who else is running? Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, and Tulsi Gabbard are among those who have already declared, while others like Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand are expected to announce soon.)
Striking in Solidarity: More than 30,000 teachers in Los Angeles are striking for smaller class sizes and more funding for support staff. A sense of solidarity with the district’s students—73 percent of whom are Latino—is playing a large role in driving them to the picket line, some told The Atlantic’s Alia Wong.