Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• The longest government shutdown in history inflicted severe political damage on President Trump, dragging down his poll numbers and stirring concern about his ability to navigate a divided government. He now appears without a plan for mounting a strong campaign in 2020.
• With the shutdown over for now, Congress will hit reset this week, showcasing a Democratic agenda in the House that was overshadowed by the struggle to reopen the government. In both chambers, lawmakers have teed up a high-impact lineup of hearings.
• As income tax filing season opens, a sweeping tax code overhaul and the lingering effects of the shutdown could squeeze taxpayers’ refund checks — and delay them, too.
• While other Democrats have focused on sweeping themes of unity or change, Elizabeth Warren is betting that her passion for policy minutiae — she calls it “nerding out” — will set her apart from the crowd.
• Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks and a self-described “lifelong Democrat,” is preparing to run for president as an independent. He has already begun the groundwork required to be on the ballot in all 50 states.
• Mr. Trump believed that the “Russia thing” would end in the early days of the administration after he fired the national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, according to an account in a new memoir by Chris Christie.
• The Trump administration has lifted sanctions against the business empire of Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s most influential oligarchs, despite congressional Democrats’ efforts to block the move.
• As a possible 2020 presidential hopeful, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York has yet to gain much traction among strategists, political operatives and influential Democrats. But that’s not for lack of trying.
• Jared Kushner agreed to take the lead when the president asked him to find a way to end the monthlong shutdown. It was a negotiation he wasn’t prepared for.
• Marco Rubio has made himself a virtual secretary of state for Latin America, driving administration strategy from the Senate floor. Perhaps no other individual outside Venezuela has been more critical in challenging President Nicolás Maduro.
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