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1. Rudy Giuliani walks back statements on Trump’s involvement in Moscow project
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, made a number of media appearances in which he disputed a BuzzFeed News report that claimed Trump told his former fixer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about negotiations to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow.
“My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow ‘project’ were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President,” Giuliani said in a statement to ABC News. “My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’ll bring to a vote this week legislation that could end the shutdown, while providing $5.7 billion for Trump’s border wall along with temporary protections for DACA recipients.
The plan, which he called a “common sense compromise,” was proposed by the president on Saturday.
ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl explains that while Democrats have largely rejected the president’s plan, there’s still a pathway to end the shutdown.
3. Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 presidential race
“This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are,” she said on “GMA.”
Harris, 54, is the fourth woman to enter the race, but will she be able to stand out in a crowded field of Democrats?
“I think Harris is a pretty strong potential candidate,” FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon Jr. tells us. “I could see her winning the whole thing. She could also not win a single primary. I just don’t think we have any idea right now.”
Sen. Kamala Harris appears on “Good Morning America,” Jan. 21, 2019.
4. Stock market posts best January in decades
The stock market has rebounded from a sluggish December to post its best January in 30 years.
As the markets re-open after the MLK holiday, ABC News Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis says the actions of the Federal Reserve have helped shaped much of its performance so far this year.
5. Israel claims responsibility for airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria
Israel confirmed on Monday that it launched a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria after a rocket attack.
“We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory,” Israel’s military said on Twitter. “We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory.”
‘Until America tells the truth about itself, we are not going to heal’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Ta-Nehisi Coates about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and what it means moving forward.
‘The majority of the National Transportation Safety Board’s employees are currently furloughed and will not be able to respond to major accidents’: The NTSB plans to investigate a plane crash in Ohio that killed two men after the government shutdown ends.