Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Here’s where the shutdown stands: Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent President Trump a letter asking him to scrap or delay his State of the Union address, citing security and logistical concerns; a bipartisan group of senators called on him to reopen the government; and the Trump administration is looking to reinterpret the rules of a federal shutdown to put people back to work.
• Four Americans were among the 19 people killed in a bombing in northern Syria for which ISIS has claimed responsibility. The attack came just weeks after Mr. Trump ordered the withdrawal of American troops from the county, declaring that the Islamic State had been defeated.
• Mr. Trump has insisted that he’s not going to compromise with Democrats to end the government shutdown, and that he’s comfortable with that. But privately, the president is growing increasingly anxious.
• Several hundred thousand federal employees keep reporting to work even though they aren’t getting paid. Lawmakers are beginning to float the idea that perhaps they shouldn’t show up.
• Hours before the government shutdown began, Mr. Trump scored a rare bipartisan success when he signed a criminal justice bill aimed at reducing the number of nonviolent offenders in prison. Now, the shutdown threatens to delay the law’s implementation.
• Republican leaders are piling on in their condemnations of Representative Steve King of Iowa, but they remain silent on similar comments by Mr. Trump.
• A measure that would have forced Mr. Trump to leave sanctions in place for companies owned by Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch, fell three votes short in the Senate.
• After Mr. Trump’s election, lawyers for a federal agency agreed that its lease of prime Washington property to the Trump Organization, which operates a hotel there, might now violate the Constitution. But the agency ignored the issue, a report finds.
• Senator Bernie Sanders met with former staff members who conveyed their dismay over mistreatment of women during his 2016 campaign, hoping to calm unrest that is shadowing his potential 2020 bid.
• In Virginia, where Republicans and Democrats have embraced pro-business policies, Lee Carter, a socialist lawmaker, is fighting to change the status quo.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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