ABC News Senior National correspondent Terry Moran says the deaths come not long after the president claimed the terror group had been defeated in the region.
2. Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address if there’s no deal in place to reopen the government.
In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited “security concerns” during the shutdown and suggested the president could deliver the address in writing on Jan. 29 instead. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen dismissed the concerns in a tweet: “The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union.”
ABC News White House Correspondent Karen Travers walks us through Pelosi’s challenge to the president.
There’s still no end in sight for the shutdown, but the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus held a “productive meeting” with Trump at the White House on Wednesday, according to Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y.
He tells us what the Democrats pitched to the president: “If we reopen the government, we believe that there’s enough sentiment in the Congress, both in the House and the Senate, that we can come to a deal.”
Clare Malone, senior politics reporter with our partners at FiveThirtyEight, takes us inside Gillibrand’s potential campaign: “I think some of her selling point is as a relatable mother, but she also knows that women turned out in flocks in 2018 and she’s betting that a lot of those women might do that again during the Democratic primary.”
4. Turkey seeking arrest warrant for NBA player: Report
Later today, the New York Knicks are set to go to London to take on the Washington Wizards.
However, one of their players won’t be along for the game.
‘It’s an absolutely shocking violation of norms for the chief executive to suggest a retaliatory investigation against the relative of a witness against him’: Sources close to Michael Cohen say he’s worried that the president’s unrelenting personal attacks endanger his family.
‘I do not believe that giving the acting administrator a speedy promotion is more urgent and more important than protecting the public from contamination to our air and water and lands’: Democrats grill the president’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Jan. 17, 1994 — A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes near Los Angeles.
The must-see photo:
Several dozen federal employees and supporters demonstrated at the Sacramento International Airport, calling for Trump and Washington lawmakers to end the partial government shutdown. (photo credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
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You can now get pizzas out of an ATM machine, and students at Ohio State University are losing their minds.
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