The government remains in shutdown mode while President Trump has indicated that he might declare a national emergency to secure the money for the wall. Here’s the latest from CNN.

+ “This edifice of extraordinary powers has historically rested on the assumption that the president will act in the country’s best interest when using them. With a handful of noteworthy exceptions, this assumption has held up. But what if a president, backed into a corner and facing electoral defeat or impeachment, were to declare an emergency for the sake of holding on to power?” Elizabeth Goitein in the The Atlantic: What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency. (Spoiler alert: A lot…)