Government shutdown: Sen. Graham to present Trump with new proposal
Sen. Lindsey Graham is expected to present a proposal to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to end the federal government’s partial shutdown. Affecting some 800,000 federal workers, the shutdown has dragged on for more than a month as Democrats have refused to budge in their refusal to approve Trump’s request for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the southern border. Over the weekend, Trump offered to provide three years of legal protection for so-called “DREAMers” who were brought to the U.S. by their parents, as well as people from Haiti, El Salvador and several other countries affected by armed conflict or natural disasters in exchange for funding for the border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s proposal was a “non-starter” and is likely to push a spending bill that will offer roughly $1 billion for construction at ports of entry and for hiring new immigration judges – but no money for a wall.
After week-long strike, LAUSD teachers return to work
Teachers will return to Los Angeles Unified School District public schools Wednesday restoring a sense of normalcy for about 500,000 students in the nation’s second-largest school district. The teachers’ strike began on Jan. 14, with teachers calling for smaller class sizes, raises and more school nurses and counselors. According to union president Alex Caputo-Pearl, the new agreement includes class size reductions in all grade levels, 300 additional school nurses, 80 new teacher librarians, one counselor for every 500 students and a 3 percent raise for teachers. Although the union will finish counting votes Wednesday, Caputo-Pearl said the vast supermajority approved the settlement.
About the cold weather …
Another winter storm is forecast to wallop the central U.S. with snow on Wednesday, which will be followed by a blast of brutal Arctic cold. On Tuesday, a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 80 was closed in Wyoming, dozens of accidents were reported in the Denver area, and hundreds of flights canceled at several airports, the Weather Channel said. Fatal accidents involving vehicles sliding off icy roadways were reported in Wisconsin and Illinois this week. Winter storm watches and warnings remained in effect late Tuesday from eastern Colorado to northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Up to a foot of snow is possible over portions of the Great Lakes. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued from eastern Colorado to northern Michigan. .
Covington Catholic’s Nicholas Sandmann appears on ‘Today’
The Covington Catholic student wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat in the viral standoff after the Indigenous Peoples March will appear on the “Today Show” on Wednesday. The student, Nicholas Sandmann, can be seen standing face to face with Native American elder Nathan Phillips in multiple videos circulating online. After short clips of the incident went viral on Saturday, people began sharing full-length clips of the incident, raising questions about who initiated the confrontation. In a 30-second clip of the interview with “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie, Sandmann said he “was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips” and wishes that he could have “avoided the whole thing.” The “Today Show” airs at 7 a.m. ET.
Poll signals how polarizing Medicare truly is
The popularity of Medicare for all soars when people hear it would guarantee health insurance as a right and plunges when the public thinks it would lead to treatment delays, a new poll released Wednesday finds. Some 77 percent of people – including 69 percent of Republicans – favor allowing people to buy health insurance through Medicare once they turn 50, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey also found that 74 percent – including 47 percent of Republicans – favor a national government plan like Medicare that is open to anyone, but also would allow people to keep the coverage they have. The results come after a federal judge in Texas ruled in December that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is invalid. The law remains in place as Democrats appeal that decision.