Trump’s shutdown nightmare: A choice between the economy and the wall:
If the government shutdown lasts much longer, President Donald Trump’s only way out may involve a choice between two pillars of his political viability — his border wall and his purring economy.
More and more Americans are feeling the effects of the partial shutdown every day, from travelers stuck in security lines to Coast Guard officers now joining the hundreds of thousands of federal employees going without pay.
Yet the normal political pressure points that usually end shutdown standoffs are not working, perhaps because of the unique dynamics of the Trump era. As a result, there’s every chance that the stalemate now in its 27th day could drag on much longer.
Trump told supporters on Tuesday, for example, “We’re going to stay out for a long time if we have to.”
Jayme Closs rescued herself. Should she get the $50,000 reward money?:
A couple who called 911 and alerted authorities that Jayme Closs was at their home said they did not want a $50,000 reward for providing information on the abducted girl’s whereabouts.
Kristin Kasinskas said that she and her husband, Peter, had not been approached by officials about the reward or where it may go. Still, they said if anyone does receive the reward, it should be Jayme.
“Because she got herself out,” Kasinskas said.
The question of what to do with that five-figure reward money comes a week after 13-year-old Jayme was found alive and well outside Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of where she was last seen. Her parents were killed and she was abducted October 15 near Barron, Wisconsin, sparking an extensive law enforcement search for any signs or tips on her whereabouts.
This is what Cardi B has to say about the government shutdown:
Cardi B is upset and worried. And she wants the world to know.
“I just wanna remind you that it’s been a little bit over three weeks,” she says in the video. “Trump is now ordering … federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid. …. This is serious. Our country is in a hellhole right now. All for a … wall.”
Sorry, Trump. Netflix is creating its own ‘Space Force’:
Out-of-this-world news for fans of “The Office,” outer space and subtle jabs at President Donald Trump: Steve Carell is set to star in a TV series called “Space Force” for Netflix.
The show will be a workplace comedy “centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services,” according to the streaming service.
Carell co-created the series and will executive produce, in addition to starring.
The project will reunite Carell with Greg Daniels, who adapted “The Office” for American television and served as executive producer.
Killings of transgender people in the US saw another high year:
For decades, every year she’s been active in the transgender community, Isa Noyolahas attended a funeral for a friend.
As deputy director at the Transgender Law Center based in Oakland, California, she has met many community members who have the same experience. “Death, profound loss, the violence that surrounds us, it’s constant. It’s a significant part of my transgender experience.”