Your Wednesday Briefing

Good evening. Here’s today’s briefing.

  1. The shutdown of the US Federal Government is ongoing in the midst of rising tensions on both sides.
  2. After Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) requested from President Donald Trump that he postpone the annual State of the Union address the president gives until the shutdown is over (due to lack of security because of the government shutdown). However, Trump said that the address would take place next week whether the shutdown continued or not. In response, Pelosi declared that the US House of Representatives would not approve a State of the Union until the shutdown is over.
  3. The White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney (the former budget director) has asked to see a list of programs that are non-essential and could be cut if the shutdown lasts until March, according to the Washington Post. It is a very obvious signal that was meant to scare Democrats into agreeing to the White House’s budget proposal.
  4. After Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro was inaugurated for a second term on Monday and then faced a revolution supported by the military (that was quashed), opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself interim President of Venezuela, and has been recognized by US President Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
  5. After Maduro’s government gave the order to expel American diplomats (they have 72 hours) from the capital Caracas, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration does not recognize “former president” Maduro’s authority and as such will not leave the embassy.
  6. Five people died in Florida after a shooter opened fire at a bank.
  7. President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen will postpone his testimony before Congress, according to his lawyer.
  8. A poll conducted by the AP-NORC has proven that the shutdown has dragged Trump to his worse approval ratings of the year.
  9. The Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana (Pete Buttigieg), has declared his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.
  10. Today was the first day back to work for teachers that partook in the teacher’s strike in Los Angeles.
  11. Meanwhile, teachers in Denver are on strike.

This day is over. This briefing will no longer be updated.

Today’s town to visit (at least virtually if you’re not in Austria) is Innsbruck, Austria.


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