President Trump makes surprise appearance in White House briefing room

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On Wednesday, Trump held a Cabinet meeting with a poster of a Game of Thrones meme he tweeted prior to the midterms splayed on the table in front of him for almost two hours. They filed legislation to go after the president's tax returns and vowed to reopen a Russian Federation probe House Republicans closed a year ago.

On their first day in the majority, House Democrats have passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall.

The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras. A handful of Republicans broke ranks on each measure to vote "yes" with the Democrats.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office also announced a resolution instructing the House to formally defend the Affordable Care Act the lawsuit brought forward by Republican attorneys general, Texas v. But thus far, because of Trump's opposition, party leaders have refused.

"We enter this new Congress with a sense of great hope and confidence for the future and deep humility", Pelosi said in remarks shortly after being elected to the speakership. "Why would they not do that?"

Adding to national unease about the shutdown are economic jitters as analysts warn of the risks of closures that are disrupting government operations across multiple departments and agencies at a time of other uncertainties in the stock market and foreign trade.

Her victory came as the U.S. government remained partly shut down in a row over funds for the president's border wall with Mexico. That was the high water mark of opposition from a speaker's own party since World War I and a harbinger of a power play by conservatives that fall that chased him from office.

More than half are working without pay, while the rest are furloughed.

Comments from the most politically vulnerable members of McConnell's caucus suggested discomfort with the majority leader's approach, and a desire for a quick resolution to the shutdown.

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President Donald Trump declared Friday he could keep parts of the government shut down for "months or even years" as he and Democratic leaders failed in a second closed-door meeting to resolve his demand for billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico.

Relaying a conversation she had with her son, she said to cheers: 'When your son looks at you and says, "Momma, look you won, bullies don't win", and I said, "Baby they don't", because we're gonna go in and impeach the motherf--'.

Under the bills, the departments of State, Commerce, Agriculture, Labor, Treasury and other agencies would be funded through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

"Democrats will have to get serious about border security so that a government-funding agreement may be reached that can pass the House, earn 60 votes here in the Senate, and receive a presidential signature", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

Trump then introduced three border officials, each of whom was given an a short opportunity to explain why the president is right about border security.

Reporters were told Thursday that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be holding a hastily called late afternoon briefing. We can not undo the trauma that he is causing to our people, and this nation. "We're not doing the wall".

According to accounts from multiple reporters, the new Congresswoman made a sharply-worded pledge to a crowd at a reception held by the progressive group MoveOn near Capitol Hill on Thursday night.

The shutdown has lasted 13 days without any signs of compromise or earnest negotiations, with Democrats largely unifying and a number of Republicans flummoxed over Trump's strategy.

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