The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate holding dueling funding votes | Trump to delay State of the Union | Cohen subpoenaed by Senate Intel

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate to hold dueling funding votes on Day 34 of shutdown | Trump to delay State of the Union | New polls show public blames Trump for shutdown | Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossWhite House confirms new trade talks with China EU threatens ‘swift and adequate’ action if Trump imposes tariffs on imported cars Supreme Court to hear census citizenship case this term MORE doesn't 'understand' why furloughed workers are using food banks | Cohen subpoenaed by Senate Intel | GOP compares Ocasio-Cortez to Trump | HuffPost, BuzzFeed layoffs | 'Baby Shark' becomes Netflix show (sorry) 



Congress turned 'Hunger Games':

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "All eyes will be on the Senate on Thursday as Republicans seek to chip away at Democratic unity in the high-stakes showdown over the longest government shutdown in U.S. history." How so: "The Senate is poised to hold dueling votes over competing plans to end the 34-day partial government shutdown."

The first vote: A measure that includes money for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's border wall and other immigration provisions. 

The second vote: To open the government for two weeks.

But the measures won't pass?: That's the expectation. Neither bill is expected to get the 60 votes necessary, but are instead tests of party unity. 

WHICH REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE WITH DEMOCRATS?: Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia Dems seeking path to Senate majority zero-in on Sun Belt Lawmakers eager for 5G breakthrough MORE (R-Colo.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care MORE (R-Maine) are expected to vote for the "clean" funding bill.

ANY DEMOCRATS VOTING WITH REPUBLICANS?: Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate MORE (D-W.Va.) said he would support a White House-backed proposal to open the government and give President Trump $5.7 billion for a border wall. Manchin said he would also vote for a continuing resolution to reopen the government through Feb. 8. From Manchin: "I'm voting for both. I'm doing everything in my power to open up this government."

IN THE HOUSE: The House just passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 28. The vote: 231-180. Keep in mind: This bill is not expected to move in the Senate.  

MEANWHILE ... WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE LEFT: Via The Associated Press's Lisa Mascaro, "President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He's unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDonald Trump proved himself by winning fight for border security Trump should beware the 'clawback' Congress The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season MORE."

SAME GAME, DIFFERENT PLAYERS: "A political neophyte from New York has an enormous Twitter following, punches back hard at the press, takes on critics within the party and has completely upended the Washington establishment. No, it's not Donald Trump. It's Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal The Green New Deal would benefit independent family farmers Juan Williams: America needs radical solutions MORE."


Fox News poll: 51 percent of registered voters blame President Trump for the partial government shutdown. The full poll numbers:

Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll: 60 percent say that President Trump bears "a great deal" of responsibility for the ongoing shutdown.


It's Thursday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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And the winner is ... the woman standing to your left:

President Trump announced he will wait to deliver his State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown is over.

He tweeted: "As the Shutdown was going on, [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative -- I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over." 

Trump then tweeted that he is not looking for an alternate venue: "Because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber." 

TIDBIT YESTERDAY DURING THE STATE OF THE UNION BACK AND FORTH: PBS's Yamiche Alcindor tweeted, "Just ran into [Vice President Pence] at the [White House] and I asked him what he thought of Pelosi calling off the SOTU. Pence said of President Trump, 'He has a constitutional duty to report on the state of the union.'"


Getting traction -- today in the optics game:

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was asked on CNBC about furloughed federal workers getting food from shelters and food banks. "I know they are, and I don't really quite understand why. Because, as I mentioned before, the obligations that they would undertake, say borrowing from a bank or a credit union are in effect federally guaranteed."



2019 hasn't been so swell for Michael Cohen either...:

Via CNN's Gloria Borger, Pamela Brown and Jeremy Herb, President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. When: Mid-February. Keep in mind: The Senate Intelligence Committee generally conducts its interviews behind closed doors. 

ALSO THIS A.M.: Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis called for an investigation into President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani for allegedly witness tampering. Davis said on ABC's "Good Morning America": "A resolution of censure when the president of the United States indisputably intimidates and obstructs justice to prevent a witness from testifying is in order. So is a federal criminal investigation of Rudy Giuliani for witness tampering."

EARLY MORNING TWEET FROM THE BIG GUY: President Trump tweeted, "So interesting that bad lawyer Michael Cohen, who sadly will not be testifying before Congress, is using the lawyer of Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE to represent him - Gee, how did that happen? Remember July 4th weekend when Crooked went before FBI & wasn't sworn in, no tape, nothing?"


Media layoffs:

Verizon Media announced this morning that it would cut 7 percent of its workforce. Which media outlets?: Verizon Media is the parent company of AOL, Yahoo and HuffPost. This morning: "HuffPost employees began receiving calendar invitations to meet with human resources representatives Thursday morning. Many recipients assumed that meant they would be among those losing their jobs."

BUZZFEED ALSO ANNOUNCED LAYOFFS: Yesterday, BuzzFeed announced it will lay off about 15 percent of its employees.

REACTION FROM JOURNALISTS: Journalists have been tweeting open positions at their media outlets. HuffPost's Amanda Terkel has been retweeting the openings. Check them out:


IN 2020 NEWS

Just your above average Joe:

According to a Morning Consult–Politico poll, former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Biden: 'The America I see does not wish to turn our back on the world' MORE is supported by 26 percent of Democrats surveyed. Followed by: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Booker seeks dialogue about race as he kicks off 2020 campaign Capitalism: The known ideal MORE (I-Vt.), with 16 percent, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris, Booker call for judgement on Jussie Smollett case to be withheld until investigation is completed Harris calls idea of Trump trusting Putin over US intel ‘height of irresponsibility and shameful’ Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report MORE (D-Calif.), with 9 percent.








The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C., today. Trump has no public events on his schedule.

Late this morning: The House voted. The House's full schedule today:

10:45 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence met with the United Kingdom's secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs. 

12:30 p.m. EST: A vote in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule:



Today -- tomorrow: The World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Livestream:  Op-ed:

2 p.m. EST: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWhite House confirms new trade talks with China Hillicon Valley: Facebook weighs crackdown on anti-vaccine content | Lyft challenges Trump fuel standards rollback | Illinois tries to woo Amazon | New round of China trade talks next week On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Livestream:

5:45 p.m. EST: The American Enterprise Institute is holding an event on education policy. Details and livestream:



Today is National Peanut Butter Day.


Good news for children. Bad news for their parents:

The creators of the viral "Baby Shark" song are creating a cartoon series for Netflix. Details:


It's a no from CBS:

CBS rejected a Super Bowl ad for medical marijuana.


And because you made it this far, here's a little girl who hates attention: