Paul Ryan: House will pass spending bill if Senate approves it

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Monday that if the Senate votes to open the government, the House will pass that bill.

"The Democrats will have a chance to open the government, that they shut down, at noon today," Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said on Fox News. "If they open ...

Mike Pence says U.S. will open embassy in Jerusalem next year

Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that the U.S. will open its embassy in Jerusalem next year, accelerating the administration's plans for the move after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Mr. Pence made the announcement to Israel's parliament.

"In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan ...

Trump Slams Dems Over Shutdown

President Donald Trump slammed Democrats again on Monday, this time for being "powerless" against their "far left base" in the shutdown fight.

Arab lawmakers at Israel’s Knesset tossed out after heckling Pence during speech

Arab lawmakers in Israel's parliament were tossed out from the house on Monday for heckling U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the start of his speech. The main Arab party in the parliament said it would boycott Pence's speech - though it wasn't immediately clear whether they would walk out in protest, heckle or skip the session altogether. The Knesset, which is accustomed to such high-profile visits, had added a new layer of security, and besides the speaker and other dignitaries, lawmakers did not have direct access to Pence. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the boycott a disgrace. He and others gave Pence a standing ovation. … Click to Continue »

Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card

Entous & Osnos, The New Yorker
In early 2017, shortly after Jared Kushner moved into his new office in the West Wing of the White House, he began receiving guests. One visitor who came more than once was Cui Tiankai, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, a veteran diplomat with a postgraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. When, during previous Administrations, Cui had visited the White House, his hosts received him with a retinue of China specialists and note-takers. Kushner, President Trump’s thirty-seven-year-old son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, preferred smaller gatherings.

The Thin Blue Wave

Jeff Greenfield, Politico
As we argue over who's to blame for the government shutdown, it's worth questioning the conventional wisdom of a Democratic triumph in November.