On Politics: Trump Says He’ll Delay State of the Union Until After Shutdown

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


President Trump said he would deliver his State of the Union address after the federal government reopens, capping a day of brinkmanship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. His apparent capitulation came even as House Democrats said they were prepared to give him a substantial sum of money for border security — but not for a wall, and not until he agreed to reopen the government.

Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, indefinitely postponed his congressional testimony. His lawyer cited the president’s attacks on Mr. Cohen’s family.

Lawyers representing Paul Manafort strongly denied claims by the special counsel’s prosecutors that Mr. Manafort repeatedly lied to them, stating that the prosecutors had wrongly interpreted honest memory lapses and innocent misstatements.

Three weeks before the midterm elections, former Vice President Joe Biden collected $200,000 to speak to a Republican-leaning audience in…

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