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Government shutdown continues; next vote at noon MondayExternal Link

The U.S. government shutdown will continue for a third day after the Senate failed to reach a deal Sunday night. The Senate plans to vote at noon Monday on a temporary spending measure that will keep the government open through Feb. 8. There had been hopes that a deal could be reached before the work week started, preventing federal workers from being furloughed, but negotiations were unsuccessful. It's also far from certain that the procedural vote to end debate Monday will get the 60 votes it needs to pass.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:57:02 GMT
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Germany's Social Democrats vote in favor of coalition talks with MerkelExternal Link

Germany's Social Democratic Party voted in favor to start official coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats on Sunday. The vote, which took place at a special party convention, was tight with 362 party members voting in favor and 279 against the coalition, according to local reports. Chancellor Merkel was handed another term by the German people in the September election but has been unable to form a majority government since. The SPD and CDU have a history of coalition governing but butted heads on topics like immigration and taxes this time around.

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:09:01 GMT
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White House says President Trump in regular contact Saturday with Hill Republicans over fundingExternal Link

President Trump remains in regular contact so far on Saturday with congressional Republicans, including several conversations with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a discussion with House Speaker Paul Ryan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. She said Trump will not negotiate on immigration until the Democrats "stop playing games and reopen the government." Lack of a funding bill agreement overnight pushed the U.S. into its first government shutdown since 2013. Both chambers reconvened Saturday afternoon. Trump, who is marking the one-year anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday, had so far postponed a trip to his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago, where supporters are meeting for a $100,000-a-couple fundraising gala. CNN reports the party will go on even if the president remains in Washington as he has pledged to do until a funding agreement can be reached.

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:36:45 GMT
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Senate sets 10 p.m. Eastern vote on bill to avert shutdownExternal Link

The Senate will take a vote at about 10 p.m. Eastern on a House-passed bill to keep the government open through Feb. 16. Without a new funding bill the federal government would partially shut down at midnight for the first time since 2013. It's unclear if the bill will be able to pass in the Senate, where Republicans control 51 votes.

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:20:50 GMT
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Twitter: Hundreds of thousands of Americans interacted with Russian bot accounts during electionExternal Link

In a blog post released Friday afternoon, Twitter Inc. provided updated information on the use of its platform by a Russian government-linked group to spread misinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Twitter said that it would email more than 677,000 U.S. users of its social-media platform to inform them that they had interacted with accounts now linked to the Internet Research Agency. Twitter said it had identified 3,814 accounts--1,062 more than previously reported--linked to the IRA that sent more than 175,000 tweets in the ten weeks leading up to the election. In addition, Twitter said it had identified more than 50,000 automated accounts used to spread the information. "Any such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere, and we're committed to continuing to work on this important issue," the company said. Twitter said it would improve machine-learning capabilities to detect and deal with such accounts, limit some abilities within Tweetdeck and on Twitter's API to combat the spread of misinformation, and work with politicians to ensure more trustworthy information in this year's mid-term elections. Twitter stock fell about 0.3% in after-hours trading.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:32:38 GMT
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