What We’re Following Today
It’s Tuesday, January 8. President Donald Trump will address the country at 9 p.m. ET about immigration, his proposed border wall, and the ongoing government shutdown, which is now in its 18th day.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a joint response from the Capitol, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will live-stream his own separate remarks.
We’ll Do It Live: All the major television networks are expected to carry the president’s broadcast. This is a mistake, argues James Fallows, because “nearly everything Trump says on this topic is intentionally inflammatory and either carelessly or deliberately untrue.”
Destined to Fail: Vice President Mike Pence spent the weekend leading negotiations to reopen the government, but he was never really expected to succeed. “Pence’s negotiating partners saw him as a man sidelined,” writes Elaina Plott, “a status that has increasingly defined the vice president’s tenure.”
An Ominous Sign: A report published today shows that carbon-dioxide emissions from the United States spiked in 2018, making it more likely that the country won’t meet its Paris Agreement goals. (Though President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement, the U.S. is still technically subject to the terms until next year.)