VP Mike Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, announced new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program. He also met with North Korean defectors and South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the opening ceremony.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
John McCain, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, has been conspicuously missing from Senate debates on immigration. The absence of the Arizona Senator, who was behind two previous reform attempts to legalize some undocumented immigrants, could hurt the chances of a Dreamers deal passage.
The $1.5 trillion tax reform bill narrowly passed the Senate and is now being debated in the House, where it needs to be passed by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. " I think people are going to change their view on this," said Speaker leader Paul Ryan.
A former Department of Energy photographer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he lost his job after leaking photos of a private meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a Trump donor who heads a large U.S. mining company. A DOE spokesperson calls the accusations "ridiculous."
Former Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is considering running for former Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota seat. “There's also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic," she said. "We're trying to be wise."
George H. W. Bush has surpassed Gerald Ford as the longest-living American president after turning 93 years and 166 days old as of Nov. 25. Ford, who died in 2006, lived to 93 years and 165 days. Jimmy Carter is currently 93 years and 55 days old.