The Rundown for Jan. 25, 2019

BILLS TO REOPEN GOVERNMENT FAIL… There remains no end in sight for the partial government shutdown, which is now in its 34th day. Yesterday, the Senate blocked dueling bills to reopen the government, as plans introduced by Republicans and Democrats failed to reach the 60-vote threshold. President Trump’s proposal to grant temporary protections for some undocumented immigrants in return for $5.7 billion in border wall funding failed 51-47. The Democrats’ short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 8 without money for the border wall fell 52-44. It did garner the votes of six Republicans, however.

HOUSE COMMITTEES TARGET DEUTSCHE BANK… House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters are planning to work alongside each other in an investigation into President Trump’s business relationship with the German lender Deutsche Bank. The two committee chairs have previously expressed interest in probing the bank but had to wait until Democrats gained the majority in the House. Lawmakers are curious about Deutsche Bank’s willingness to loan money to the Trump Organization while other big banks refused. Schiff says the two committees will work together on some areas but could operate separately on issues depending on jurisdiction. Waters already has asked Deutsche Bank for information about a $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme that the bank paid over $600 million to settle with state and federal regulators.

KUSHNER’S SECURITY CLEARANCE RAISES RED FLAGS… NBC News reported last night that two career White House security specialists who rejected Jared Kushner’s application for a top secret clearance were overruled by their supervisor. According to the report, an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on Kushner, but personnel security office director oCarl Kline nevertheless approved the clearance. Officials told NBC that investigators noted indiscretions in Kushner’s businesses, his foreign contacts, his foreign travel and meetings he had during the campaign.

ASYLUM-SEEKERS TO BE SENT BACK ACROSS THE BORDER… The Trump administration has reportedly finalized a plan that requires people seeking asylum in the U.S. at the southern border to wait in Mexico until their cases reach the courts. The new policy could be launched at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing as early as today, border officials said. The policy, which is expected to face legal challenges, does not apply to children traveling alone or to asylum seekers from Mexico.

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS COHEN… The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to be questioned at a hearing in mid-February. The subpoena seeks Cohen’s testimony before March 6, when he begins serving a three-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to tax and campaign finance crimes, as well as lying to Congress in his 2017 congressional testimony. The subpoena was issued just a day after Cohen announced that he was postponing his scheduled testimony before the House of Representatives next month due to threats made by Trump.

COMMERCE SECRETARY’S COMMENTS SPARK BACKLASH… Comments made Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross yesterday drew severe backlash amid the government shutdown. During an appearance on CNBC, Ross to encourage out-of-work federal workers to seek low-interest loans to see them through the hard times and appeared insensitive toward workers living paycheck to paycheck. “You’re talking about 800,000 workers and while I feel sorry for the individuals that have hardship cases, 800,000 workers, if they never got their pay — which is not the case, they will eventually get it, but if they never got it, you’re talking about a third of a percent on GDP so it’s not like it’s a gigantic number overall,” Ross said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, criticized the commerce secretary for his “let-them-eat-cake attitude.”

FLORIDA SECRETARY OF STATE RESIGNS… Florida’s newly appointed secretary of state, Michael Ertel, has resigned just 16 days after taking office following the release of photos showing him in blackface. In the photos shot at a private Halloween party 14 years ago, Ertel poses as a Hurricane Katrina victim. The Tallahassee Democrat obtained the photos yesterday morning and shared them with the office of Governor Ron DeSantis, who appointed Ertel on December 28.

CHRIS BROWN FILES DEFAMATION SUIT… Singer Chris Brown has filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman who accused him of raping her in Paris earlier this week. Brown was briefly detained before being released. A 24-year-old claimed Brown, his bodyguard and a third man raped her in Brown’s hotel room after they met her at a club.

IN THEATERS… In “Serenity,” the mysterious past of a fishing boat captain comes back to haunt him after his ex-wife tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway star in the R-rated film. “The Kid Who Would Be King” tells the story about a band of kids who embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace. The PG film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis and Denise Gough.

Golden State 126 – WASHINGTON 118… The Warriors held off the Wizards to win their ninth in a row. Stephen Curry pumped in a game-high 38 points. Kevin Durant added 21 points. Draymond Green brought down 15 rebounds to go with his seven points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 122 – New Orleans 116… The Thunder turned away a fourth-quarter rally to get past the Pelicans. Russell Westbrook racked up 23 points, 17 boards and 16 assists in his 15th triple-double of the season. Paul George finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Steven Adams added 20 points and 13 boards.

Portland 120 – PHOENIX 106… The Trail Blazers shook off a slow start to cruised past the Suns. Damian Lillard scored 24 points. CJ McCollum and Jake Layman added 20 points apiece.

Minnesota  120 – L.A. LAKERS 105… The Timberwolves pulled away in the second half to get past the Lakers. Karl-Anthony Towns had game-highs with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Wiggins added 23 points.

Washington is at Orlando…
Cleveland hosts Miami…
New York is at Brooklyn…
Chicago hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Toronto is at Houston…
Memphis hosts Sacramento…
Charlotte is at Milwaukee…
Dallas hosts Detroit…
Minnesota is at Utah…
Denver hosts Phoenix

All Star Game Saturday in San Jose

#4 Gonzaga 98, SANTA CLARA 39…
#6 Michigan State 82, #19 IOWA 67…
#23 LOUISVILLE 84, #21 North Carolina State 77

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