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Today β€” January 17th 2019Politics

Trump announces new missile defense plan with focus on sensors in space

By Andrew O'Reilly

President Trump announced on Thursday a new more aggressive space-based missile defense strategy to counter threats from North Korea and Iran and to compete with advanced weapons systems being developed by countries like China and Russia.

Shutdown standoff: Pelosi renews call to delay State of the Union, Trump says Dems 'hijacked' by 'fringe'

By Brooke Singman

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her call Thursday to delay the State of the Union address, saying the date is not “sacred” and President Trump should wait to deliver his message to the nation until the partial government shutdown ends. 

Thousands of furloughed employees have been told to work without pay. Is that legal?

By Danny Cevallos

Analysis: The air traffic controllers strike under President Ronald Reagan holds some lessons for the current shutdown.

  • January 17th 2019 at 17:59

GOP lawmakers are being vocal about shutdown concerns

By Courtney Buble

The partial closure of the U.S. government has set a record and more than 800,000 employees are furloughed as President Donald Trump demands funding for a border.

  • January 17th 2019 at 17:46

Thousands more kids separated from parents under Trump than reported

By Julia Ainsley

A government report says thousands more migrant children were separated from parents under Trump than reported and whether they were reunified is unknown.

  • January 17th 2019 at 17:26

Corbyn sets out conditions for second referendum support

Jeremy Corbyn has set out the conditions under which Labour could back a second EU referendum - as he faced further pressure to support a fresh public vote.

  • January 17th 2019 at 16:55

UK drivers in EU 'will need green card' under 'no-deal' Brexit

Millions of British motorists hoping to drive in the EU will need a "green card" to do so as the UK approaches the "increasingly possible" event of a "no-deal" Brexit, insurance firms have warned.

  • January 17th 2019 at 14:44

Freshmen Dems stumble in quest to confront McConnell on shutdown

By Lukas Mikelionis

Freshmen Democrats led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attempted to confront Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in-person over government shutdown and hand-deliver a letter urging him to cave and vote to reopen the government without securing the funding to the border wall.

Freshman GOP Sen. Hawley demands answers from FBI after bombshell Russia probe report

By Brooke Singman

Freshman Republican Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday demanded answers from the FBI over a new report that the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump to probe whether he was threat to national security after the ouster of former FBI Director James Comey.

Michael Cohen levels new allegation, claims he worked to rig online polls at Trump’s direction

By Alex Pappas

Michael Cohen, the president’s former fixer who was recently sentenced to three years in prison, leveled a new allegation Thursday at President Trump by claiming his former boss directed him to rig online polls ahead of the 2016 presidential race.

Kamala Harris’ career, from California district attorney to the Senate

By Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Kamala Harris’ rise to political power started in California, where she served as a district attorney and attorney general for the state. And it might culminate in a 2020 presidential run.

Michael Cohen says he paid tech firm to rig online polls 'at the direction of' Trump

By Dartunorro Clark

"I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it," Cohen said in a tweet.

  • January 17th 2019 at 15:38

'I need to get back to work,' plead furloughed Latino contract workers

By Patricia Guadalupe

"What am I supposed to tell my kids when they open the refrigerator and there’s no food?" said maintenance worker Angela Vásquez.

  • January 17th 2019 at 15:27

Dem Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee accused of retaliating against staffer who said Black Caucus Foundation official raped her

By Samuel Chamberlain

A former staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, has claimed in a lawsuit that she was fired last year in retaliation for legal action the staffer planned to bring against the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) related to an alleged rape in 2015. 

From Gillibrand to Beto, one-time moderates shift left in preparation for 2020

By Gregg Re

The 2020 presidential race is just beginning, and already several declared or possible Democratic contenders once seen as moderates have shifted markedly to the left, in apparent appeals to the party's powerful progressive wing that have at the same time exposed them to charges of political opportunism.

Yes, the shutdown has taken a toll on Trump

By Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

  • January 17th 2019 at 14:43

First Read's Morning Clips: 'We're getting crushed"

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

  • January 17th 2019 at 14:33

In sharp reversal, Giuliani now claims: 'I never said there was no collusion between the campaign' and Russia

By Allan Smith

Trump's lawyer told NBC News that the president would not have answered any of Mueller's questions if they had known about the FBI's counterintelligence investigation.

  • January 17th 2019 at 14:17

Russian operative Butina 'wanted to influence society,' sister says

By Elena Holodny and Amy Perrette and Keir Simmons

The Russian operative spent years building connections in U.S. political circles and with influential conservative groups.

  • January 17th 2019 at 13:54