The Morning Briefing: Shutdown Averted, the Latest RUSSIA Collusion, and Much, Much More

Photographers take a picture of the Ohio Clock shortly after midnight early Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, outside the Senate chamber at the Capitol, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Good Friday morning.

Here is what's on the President's agenda today.

  • In the morning, the President receives his intelligence briefing
  • Afterwards, the President meets with the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • Later in the afternoon, President Trump will meet with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

The government shutdown

At the time of this writing, 4:15am ET, Congress has failed to fund the government and unless they come to agreement in the House, it will remain closed. The Senate approved (71-28) another temporary funding package but not before midnight. Reuters tells us, "the U.S. Senate approved a budget deal including a stopgap government funding bill early on Friday, but it was too late to prevent a federal shutdown that was already underway in an embarrassing setback for the Republican-controlled Congress." Yes, right, "embarrassing."

According to Fox News:

While the government's authority to spend some money expired at midnight, there weren't likely to be many clear immediate effects. Essential personnel would remain on the job regardless, and it appeared possible -- if not likely -- that the measure could pass both the Senate and House before most federal employees were due to report for work.

The House has been working on the legislation since 2:30amET. The Freedom Caucus is not expected to sign on to the bill. Some Democrats like clown Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) are also not going to support the bill: โ€œSo today, they are going to bring over from the Senate a proposal, they are going to lift the caps and they're going to say, let's vote on our budget. Well, I say to everybody -- don't collude with this administration,โ€ Gutierrez said. โ€œVote against the budget.โ€ Maybe he should leave office, because his job is to work with the administration and it looks like he doesn't want to do that job.


EDITED TO ADD: The House passed the bill, it's about 5:40amET.

George W. Bush has some feelz

This guy is a bigger disappointment out of office than he was while he was in office. He kept his mouth shut while Obama weaponized the government and targeted conservatives. He kept his mouth shut when Obama paid Hezbollah Iran almost $2B and basically green-lighted the Iranian nuclear program. He kept his mouth shut when former AG Eric Holder ran guns to narcoterrorists in Mexico. But during the Trump administration, he's going to open his yapper. Overseas.

"It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system because democracy is only as good as the people trust in results," Bush said at a Milken Institute summit in Abu Dhabi. He added, "There's pretty clear evidence that the RUSSIANS meddled."

"Whether they affected the outcome (of the election) is another question, but they meddled, and that's dangerous for democracy," Bush continued.