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 •  Everyone on both sides knows that a pair of Senate votes will almost certainly fail along partisan lines. Still, there may be a silver lining
It may look like a typical Washington farce, but a pair of Senate show votes this week might just be the first, tentative step on a long road out of the longest government shutdown in history.
 •  McConnell sets votes on competing plans to reopen government
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he expects a key vote will take place Thursday on legislation to fund President Donald Trump's border wall and reopen shuttered parts of the government.
 •  Opinion: Nancy Pelosi should negotiate with Ann Coulter
Donald Trump made a public offer on Saturday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats in an effort to end the longest government shutdown. He proposed to extend protection for DACA recipients and individuals with Temporary Protected Status in exchange for funding for his beloved wall (yes, the same wall he promised that Mexico would pay for).
 •  Cooper: Trump said he'd take the heat. He hasn't
CNN's Anderson Cooper compares the President's dialogue surrounding his border wall proposal and ending the government shutdown.
 •  This government worker voted for Trump. Hear his take
CNN's Randi Kaye spoke to several federal workers not receiving a paycheck due to the now longest ever government shutdown.
 •  TSA makes plea for backup as shutdown drags on
The Transportation Security Administration is making a plea for 250 people to bolster its workforce of backup officers, the latest sign the agency is straining under the pressure of the shutdown, according to an internal email sent Monday morning from a TSA executive and obtained exclusively by CNN.
 •  Coast Guard chief: Having to rely on food pantries 'unacceptable'
The commandant of the US Coast Guard said Tuesday that it is "unacceptable" that Coast Guard members have to rely on food pantries and donations during the partial government shutdown.
 •  First came the trade war, then the shutdown, but Iowa farmers still back Trump
Like most Iowa farmers, Kate Edwards loves the rhythm of the seasons: planting in the spring, harvesting in the fall, planning it all over again each winter.
 •  John Kerry to President Trump: Resign
Former Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) reacts to former Secretary of State John Kerry saying that if he could speak to President Donald Trump directly, Kerry would tell him to "resign."
 •  Analysis: 4 places Donald Trump could deliver his State of the Union
President Donald Trump is still planning to deliver a "State of the Union" address one week from today -- although where he will be speaking from remains very much a mystery. 
 •  House Oversight Committee adds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives to its ranks
The powerful House Oversight Committee, which is expected to be at the center of investigations into President Donald Trump's administration, is getting several high-profile young members this Congress, among them freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
 •  The little-known law tripping up Trump and his future attorney general
CNN's John Avlon explains the emoluments clause and how it may affect the Trump administration.
 •  Trump's not angry at Giuliani, sources say
President Donald Trump is not angry at his attorney Rudy Giuliani, despite the former New York mayor's contradictory answers in recent interviews about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, sources told CNN Tuesday -- and Giuliani is not going anywhere.
 •  Dozens of children get cancer in suburb
An alarming number of childhood cancer diagnoses in an Indiana suburb have parents wondering whether their environment is safe and challenging the Environmental Protection Agency to do something about it. CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.
 •  Don Lemon: Chaos is everywhere in Washington
CNN's Don Lemon details claims of chaos in Washington, citing President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani's shifting statements on the Trump Tower Moscow project and the ongoing government shutdown as examples.
 •  Comedian and co-creator of 'Rel' Kevin Barnett dies at 32
Comedian and writer Kevin Barnett has died, according to a statement from Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment.
 •  Volunteers face prison after leaving food and water in desert where migrants died
Four aid volunteers are facing prison time after leaving food and water inside an Arizona national wildlife refuge where undocumented migrants have died trying to enter the United States.
 •  Climate change will affect the ratio of male-to-female newborns, scientists say
Global warming will have a variety of effects on our planet, yet it may also directly impact our human biology, research suggests.
 •  How a video confrontation between Catholic students and a Native American blew up
The discussion over what happened between competing groups of people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Friday doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.
 •  Opinion: MAGA hats don't belong on a Catholic school trip
In a recent tweet of mine that went viral I made three simple points about the now infamous "Covington boys" incident in Washington DC:
 •  Cuomo: If this were my son ...
CNN's Chris Cuomo tackles the national debate behind the viral video of Catholic high school students and their encounter with Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips.
 •  Columnist and 'Masterpiece Theatre' host Russell Baker dies at 93
Columnist, author and "Masterpiece Theatre" host Russell Baker has died at age 93, according to The New York Times.
 •  Reports of drone disrupt flights at Newark airport
Two drones flying over New Jersey's Teterboro Airport disrupted flights at Newark Airport Tuesday evening, Greg Martin, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, told CNN.
 •  Sony Europe moves legal base out of UK because of Brexit
Britain's dithering over Brexit has gone on too long for Sony.
 •  Bahrain to sink Boeing jet for underwater theme park
The Persian gulf country of Bahrain is hoping to attract divers from across the globe with a new "underwater theme park" -- an expansive diving site spanning 100,000 square meters with some unusual features.
 •  LA teachers returning after 6-day strike
Los Angeles teachers will return to their classrooms Wednesday after a six-day strike ended late Tuesday with teachers and staff throwing their support behind a new agreement.
 •  ... as Denver teachers get ready to walk out
After more than a year of tense negotiations with the school district, Denver teachers overwhelmingly voted to strike late Tuesday.
 •  Pop star: Designers said I'm 'too big' to dress
Pop star Bebe Rexha called out fashion designers in an Instagram video, saying they told her she was "too big" to dress.
 •  Chris Brown arrest the latest in troubled history
Arguably Chris Brown's most publicized trouble was his 2009 arrest for viciously beating his then-girlfriend, fellow singer Rihanna.
 •  Lady Gaga stops song to slam Pence
Lady Gaga stopped her show in Las Vegas to slam President Donald Trump for the partial government shutdown.
 •  Abe, Merkel, Jack Ma: What to watch at World Economic Forum
 •  Rock star offers free meals to federal workers
Jon Bon Jovi's New Jersey restaurant announced in a Facebook post that federal workers are welcome to a free meal.
 •  Former Yankee is the first voted unanimously into Hall of Fame
 •  Vote ends idiotic Hall of Fame 'rule'
 •  Serena Williams knocked out at Australian Open
 •  Are the Patriots really a Super Bowl underdog?
 •  Police scanning the English Channel after soccer star goes missing
British police searching for missing Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala say they are prioritizing their search based on the possibility that Sala and the other person on board the aircraft, which went missing over the English Channel, have landed on water and made it onto the life raft which was on board the plane.
 •  Where survivors of sexual abuse are sued by the perpetrators 
As teenage girls, they raced down snow-covered Alpine slopes in pursuit of winning Olympic gold. They were revered by millions of Austrians who cheered them as national heroes, their best athletes, the pride of a small nation.
 •  Model says Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign 'almost ruined my career'
The Chinese model who starred in a series of controversial Dolce & Gabbana videos has said the controversy surrounding the campaign almost ruined her career.
 •  Gigi Wu, Taiwanese 'bikini hiker,' dies after mountain fall
Gigi Wu, a Taiwanese internet star famous for hiking mountains, has been found dead after falling into a gorge 30 meters deep (100 feet), the island's state media reported.
 •  Hidden camera shows how people respond to rape victim
A woman stumbles down a Beirut street crying and terrified, telling passers-by she has just been raped. It's part of a new campaign called "Shame on who?" which tries to raise awareness to shift the blame and shame from the victims of sexual violence to the perpetrators. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
 •  University of Notre Dame to cover Christopher Columbus murals
More than 130 years after their debut at the ceremonial entrance to the University of Notre Dame's Main Building, murals illustrating the life of Christopher Columbus will soon be covered up.
 •  7 things to know before the bell
Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day.
 •  This simple step can double the shelf life of fruits and vegetables
One company is doubling the shelf-life of avocados, citrus and other produce by taking a chemical-free cue from nature.
 •  Drought woes? This tech can literally make it rain
Don't call them the weather gods, but this company can actually make it rain.
 •  Kamala Harris making history in 2020 race
Sen. Kamala Harris' Martin Luther King Jr. Day announcement that she is running for president puts the number of women who are competing or have declared exploratory committees at four. In defiance of the norm, most of the high-profile candidates bear little resemblance to the 45 presidents in US history.
 •  DC protest weekend was national Rorschach test
This weekend, all eyes were on a big march in Washington, DC. But it wasn't Saturday's Women's March -- mired in controversy and absent some major figures -- which grabbed all the headlines.
 •  What's really different about Oscar nominations
An African king broke the superhero barrier for a best picture nomination while nods for producing, directing, cinematography and original screenplay all went to the same Mexican director. And for the first time ever, an African-American was nominated for an Oscar in production design.
 •  SCOTUS order helps Trump push US backward
Thanks to the increasingly conservative Supreme Court, a number of brave, capable and patriotic Americans are about to be banned from the military -- not for any reason relating to their qualifications or ability to defend the country in combat, but solely because of who they are.
 •  Trump's MAGA hats are potent symbol of racism
 •  Pence's shocking use of MLK's words
 •  20% Mortgage savings: Too good to be true?
 •  Fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt
 •  Motley Fool issues rare "Ultimate Buy" alert
 •  Netflix scores first best picture nomination
Netflix officially has its first-ever horse in the best picture race
 •  'Black Panther' leads Oscars into new frontier
Eight movies were nominated for best picture on Tuesday, but there are two that couldn't be more different -- "Black Panther," the Marvel blockbuster; and "Roma," Alfonso Cuarón's black-and-white Netflix film -- might be the most significant in terms of leading the Oscars into new frontiers.
 •  See how the Oscar nominees are reacting
Some lucky people woke up Tuesday morning to news they'd been nominated for an Oscar.
 •  Sarah Paulson, thriller queen, is a scaredy cat
From "American Horror Story" and "Bird Box" to most recently "Glass," Sarah Paulson has become the reigning queen of the thriller genre -- kind of by accident.
 •  Jon Bon Jovi offering meals to federal workers
Jon Bon Jovi is the latest celebrity to help out government workers who are not being paid during the government shutdown.
 •  Stressed out and at risk: Inside Uber's special investigations unit
The internal investigators tasked with keeping Uber safe were overworked, underpaid and at times emotionally traumatized as they struggled under the burden of nearly 1,200 cases every week, a confidential internal memo obtained by CNN says.
 •  Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter
Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between a Native American elder and a group of high school students wearing Make America Great Again hats.
 •  WhatsApp limits message forwarding
WhatsApp is imposing stricter limits on how widely its users can share messages in a bid to crack down on the spread of false information.
 •  Cleaning New York's filthy harbor with one billion oysters
The New York Harbor for years has been polluted and depleted of marine life. But one nonprofit is working to clean the murky water and revive its long-lost ecosystem — one oyster at a time.
 •  John Kerry to Trump: 'Resign'
Former Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that if he could speak to President Donald Trump directly, he would tell him to "resign."
 •  FBI agents: Shutdown making it difficult to do job
The FBI Agents Association issued a report listing how the lack of funding has impacted their operations as 13,000 FBI agents continue working without pay .
 •  Donald Trump said more than 6,000(!) untrue things in 2018
That President Donald Trump often doesn't tell the whole truth, or even part of it, is not new.
 •  Biden: 'I haven't always been right' on criminal justice
Former Vice President Joe Biden said in remarks at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Monday that he has made mistakes when it comes to criminal justice issues, an area of his career that could be scrutinized if he launches a 2020 presidential bid in a competitive Democratic field.
 •  This is how much of the border wall has been built so far
Nearly two years into Donald Trump's presidency, the border wall that was a signature promise of his campaign hasn't been built.
 •  The virtues of girl-boy friendships
We often cast children as radicals and their parents as stiffs. It's a tidy narrative, one that speaks to our hope for the next generation and their ability to see beyond our blind spots and biases. Unfortunately, it's not always true.
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