Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have released legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposal to break through the budget deadlock. The centerpiece is the $5.7 billion he has been demanding to build a border wall, alongside temporary protection from deportation for some immigrants. Democrats say they are unwilling to negotiate any border security funding until Trump re-opens the government. The partial government shutdown is now well into its fifth week.
NEW YORK (AP) — As the 2020 presidential primary takes shape, almost no policy is too liberal for Democrats fighting to win over their party’s base. That base is demanding a nominee dedicated to pursuing bold action. So far, virtually all the likely candidates have embraced universal health care in one form or another. Some have rallied behind free college, job guarantee programs and a $15 minimum wage. Republicans are betting that voters will ultimately reject the Democratic proposals as extreme.
UNDATED (AP) — Wind gusts exceeding 40 mph have caused flight disruptions at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey warned passengers Monday evening to check their flight before heading to the airport. Meanwhile, police in the upstate New York village of Scotia say 70-year-old Frank Demasi died after suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow. Village snow removal crews found him by his home Monday morning. The death toll from the weekend’s storm is at least seven.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to “Obamacare” and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. Hearings on “Medicare for all” will follow. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to address high drug costs. Democrats believe voters gave them a mandate on health care in the midterm elections that returned the House to their control.
UNDATED (AP) — More videos have emerged of the encounter between high school students, Native American marchers and militant black protesters last week in Washington. The three groups met for just a few minutes Friday at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. The videos, which went viral, show members of the Black Hebrew Israelite group taunting both the other groups.