On Politics: Senate Offers Glimmer of Hope for End to Shutdown

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


The Senate will vote on Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown and allow the State of the Union address to proceed.

One of the bills promoted as a compromise by Republican leaders to pair the president’s border wall with legal protections for some immigrants would also severely restrict migrants’ ability to claim asylum — and it’s drawing fierce opposition from immigration rights groups.

According to a report issued by the union that represents the 13,000 special agents of the F.B.I., the shutdown funding freeze has impeded the bureau’s efforts to crack down on child trafficking, violent crime and terrorism.

Driving for Uber, delivering takeout, substitute teaching and babysitting: Here’s how federal workers are making ends meet during the shutdown.

Mr. Trump’s monthlong impasse with Congress over his proposed wall has all but frozen the rest of his policy agenda.


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