Today's Situational Awareness
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Congress passes budget bill; Trump will declare emergency. White House says Trump will build a border wall, even without much funding in the budget deal (Washington Post).
Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race. Former VP Joe Biden is building support among grassroots activists and seeking contributions (The Hill).
Amazon dumps New York City after politicians and unions say it’s not welcome. Deal would have created 25,000 jobs, but at a cost of $3 billion in government incentives (New York Times).
NASA wants to go to the moon ‘as fast as possible. Other countries like China and India are racing there, too. Like the Cold War space race, the new lunar activity is fueled by national pride and a quest for scientific discovery (Washington Post).
Make El Chapo pay for the border wall. Sen. Ted Cruz writes an op-ed suggesting the criminal assets of the convicted drug kingpin and other drug lords should be confiscated and used to secure the border (Washington Post).
Justice Department discussed removing Trump from office. Andrew McCabe the firmer deputy FBT director, said top officials were alarmed by the firing of James Comey and discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment (New York Times).
Senate confirms Trump nominee William Barr as next attorney general. The Senate approved Barr’s nomination in a 54-45 vote, with three Democrats joining nearly every Republican in support. (Politico).
California cancels high speed rail and Trump demands that $3.5 billion in federal funding be returned. Gov. Gavin Newsome concedes that the full route has been rendered unfeasible by spiraling costs and logistical challenges (Politico).