That???s it for today, thanks for reading.
???On the 21st day of the government shutdown, Trump backed away from declaring a national emergency over the border wall. The president had spent the week suggesting he would ???probably??? make such a move, but in a meeting on Friday did an about-face. ???What we???re not looking to do right now is national emergency,??? Trump said.
???The president instead urged Democrats to ???come back and vote??? in Congress in a bid to end the government shutdown. ???We want Congress to do its job,??? Trump said in the meeting. He spent much of the summit repeating misdirections about the need for a border wall.
???The apparent reversal came as hundreds of thousands of workers went without pay. Miami airport closed a terminal due to a lack of TSA staff, who have been hit by the shutdown. The House passed a bill which would guarantee workers backpay, which Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Trump would sign.
???But despite Trump urging Democrats to vote, there does not seem an easy way out of the impasse. Democrats have insisted they will not fund the wall, which they say is unnecessary. They believe the $5.7bn would be better spent on other border measures.
The White House has released this video from the meeting where Trump ditched his national emergency plan. It???s full of the same spurious statements and misdirection that has characterized Trump???s wall sale pitch. There is a guy wearing a cowboy hat though.
Trump will likely be embarrassed about ending his very public pursuit of a national emergency.
It???s extra embarrassing for Graham given he had been skeptical earlier this week about whether an emergency declaration would work, before shifting behind the idea. Oops!
'They can name it peaches'
More news is coming out re Trump???s national emergency reversal. According to numerous reporters Trump said this at his cabinet meeting today:
???This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the wall, the barrier. I don???t care what they name it. They can name it peaches.???
That???s quite a turnaround from Trump.
On Thursday Trump was said to be consulting with lawyers over declaring a national emergency to appropriate money for the border wall ??? which would allow him to bypass Democrats in Congress.
He claimed his lawyers had told him such a declaration would hold up to legal scrutiny ???100%???.
???I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,??? Trump said on Thursday.
???I haven???t done it yet, I may do it. If this doesn???t work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely.???
Now Trump is urging Democrats to ???come back and vote??? ??? rather than attempting to go round them.
???We want Congress to do its job,??? Trump said on Friday.
Despite Trump???s assertions that he would be able to declare an emergency, legal scholars have questioned the president???s right to take such action. That legal ambiguity could have contributed to this about turn from Trump.
Trump: 'Not looking to do' national emergency
Donald Trump said on Friday that he does not plan to declare a national emergency ??? a day after suggesting he would ???probably??? do so.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting over the government shutdown and the border wall, Trump said: ???What we???re not looking to do right now is national emergency.???
The president instead urged Democrats to ???come back and vote??? in Congress in a bid to end the government shutdown.
Trump insisted he had the right to declare an emergency, but said: ???I???m not going to do it so fast???, according to a White House pool reporter.
Ginsberg recovery on track
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has ???no evidence??? of remaining cancer, the Supreme Court said on Friday.
In a statement the court said: ???Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.???
Ginsburg had surgery in December to remove two nodules from her lung.
???Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments,??? the court said.
Steve King, the Republican congressman and Trump ally who on Thursday said he didn???t understand why the term ???white supremacist??? was offensive, has declared himself an ???American nationalist??? in a House speech.
In an interview with the New York Times King had said: ???White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization ??? how did that language become offensive????
In his speech on Friday King did not dispute the quote. He said he was ???an advocate for Western values???, adding:
???I???ve never been anti-immigrant, I???ve been anti-illegal immigrant and I remain that way,??? King said.
He described himself as ???an advocate for western civilization???s values??? and said:
???Under any fair political definition, I am simply an American nationalist.???
He added: ???This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or white supremacist.???
King, who has long been criticized for statements perceived as racist, had drawn ire for telling the New York Times: ???White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization ??? how did that language become offensive????
He added: ???Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization????
The president???s first born son has been tweeting some sage advice in the middle of the government shutdown... Oh no wait: he???s actually been re-posting this video of a CNN figure getting run over by a golf cart.
Donald Trump has not built a single mile of new wall so far. Also this is stretching the definition of ???beautiful???.
Bill to guarantee workers' pay passes House
The House has passed a bill which would guarantee backpay to federal workers who have been impacted by the shutdown.
The measure passed in the Senate last night. According to Mitch McConnell, Trump has said he will sign it.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers went unpaid today.
Senate Democrats are also drafting a bill which would ensure government contractors, who have gone unpaid during the shutdown, would also get their money.
Report: shutdown has cost US economy $3.6bn
S&P Global estimate that the border wall shutdown has already cost the economy $3.6bn, and in another two weeks will have cost $6bn.
Keen watchers will note that $6bn is more than the $5.7bn that Trump is demanding to build the wall.
???We estimated that this shutdown could shave approximately $1.2 billion off real GDP in the quarter for each week that part of the government is closed,??? said Beth Ann Bovino, S&P???s chief US economist, said in a widely circulated memo.
???That may seem like pennies for the world???s biggest economy, but it means a lot to those workers trying to cover their household costs without their paychecks.???
According to CNBC, Wells Fargo estimates the shutdown could be costing as much as $2bn a week.
An apparent response from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to that Politico article... citing hirsute British graphic novelist Alan Moore. Moore is known for his work on comic books such as Watchmen and V for Vendetta.