Good evening. Here’s today’s briefing.
- Today, the shutdown of the US Federal Government ended. Federal employees were asked to return to work after President Donald Trump conceded to Democrats and gave up on his demands for $5 billion in funding for the border wall (experts estimate the wall could be as expensive as $90 billion). However, he has warned that if by February Democrats can’t reach a deal with him that he will shut-down the government again. This comes after an AP-NORC poll showed that Trump’s approval ratings were plummeting.
- The teacher’s strike in Denver, Colorado, continues, as tensions flare between the school district board and the teachers on strike. The school district board reportedly threatened to call immigration officials on the teachers.
- Roger Stone, the infamous Republican operative, was arrested in Florida but later released on $250,000 bail.
- The dam of a mine broke in Brazil and there are at least 50 dead and 300 missing.
- BuzzFeed will let go of 15% of it’s workforce (approximately 200 people).
This day is over. This briefing will no longer be updated.
Today’s town to visit (at least virtually if you’re not in California) is San José, California.