What to Know
- Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are 'less than 50-50'
- The number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew to 31 — an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates
- 'Black Panther' took the top award at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving the superhero sensation its most significant honor yet
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Trump Casts Doubt on Seeing a Budget Deal That He'd Accept
President Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are "less than 50-50." As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal he doesn't think the negotiators will strike a deal that he'd accept. He pledged to build a wall anyway using his executive powers to declare a national emergency if necessary. "I personally think it's less than 50-50, but you have a lot of very good people on that board," Trump said in an interview Sunday with the newspaper. The president was referring to a bipartisan committee of House and Senate lawmakers that will consider border spending as part of the legislative process. The president's standoff with Democrats on Capitol Hill is far from over and the clock is ticking. The spending bill Trump signed to temporarily end the partial government shutdown funds the shuttered agencies only until Feb. 15.
Democrats Uneasy About Potential Howard Schultz Bid
For a businessman who grew a small coffee roaster into an inescapable global chain, who ensured that even his part-time workers had benefits and who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is generating tepid — or even hostile — responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020. That's partly because — as Schultz told "60 Minutes" on Sunday — he's considering running as an independent, a prospect many worry could draw support from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Trump another four years in office. Among those urging him not to run as an independent are David Axelrod, the former adviser to President Barack Obama, and Tina Podlodowski, the Democratic Party chairwoman in Washington state, where Schultz has lived for decades. Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development who announced a bid for the Democratic nomination this month, said on CNN he is concerned that if Schultz did run an independent campaign "it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected."
Trump Warns Europe Not to Try to Evade Iran Sanctions
The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S. has levied on the Islamic republic. The White House is putting the Europeans on notice, saying that if they try to do an end-run around U.S. sanctions on Iran, they will be subject to stiff fines and penalties. Unfazed, the European Union is marching forward with the plan, which, if implemented, could further strain trans-Atlantic relations. A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said preparations for the alternative system were "at an advanced stage." "I hope that we can announce the launch very soon," Maja Kocijancic told reporters late last week in Brussels. Getting out ahead of a possible announcement, a senior administration official said the U.S. will fully enforce its sanctions and hold individuals and entities accountable for undermining them.
Measles Outbreak Grows in Northwest US, 31 Cases Reported
The number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew to 31 — an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in what has been called an anti-vaccination U.S. "hot spot." Public health officials in southwest Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, said people may have been exposed to the dangerous disease at more than three dozen locations, including Portland International Airport, a Portland Trail Blazers game, an Amazon Locker location and stores such as Costco and Ikea. Twenty-six of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles, and the vaccination status of four others who were infected is unknown. One child has been hospitalized. Authorities say nine additional cases are suspected. One case also has been confirmed in King County, which is home to Seattle and one was confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland. Most of the cases involved children younger than 10, the Clark County Public Health Department said in a statement. One adult is infected, and the rest are teenagers.
'Black Panther' Wins Top Honor at SAG Awards, 'Maisel' Soars
"Black Panther" took the top award at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler's superhero sensation its most significant awards-season honor yet and potentially setting up Wakanda for a major role at next month's Academy Awards. The two leading Oscar nominees — "Roma" and "The Favourite" — were bypassed by the actors guild for a best ensemble field that also included "BlacKkKlansman," ''Crazy Rich Asians," ''Bohemian Rhapsody" and "A Star Is Born." Although "Black Panther" wasn't nominated for any individual SAG Awards, it took home the final award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Before a stage full of actors, Chadwick Boseman tried to put into context the moment for the trailblazing "Black Panther," which also won for its stunt performer ensemble. "To be young, gifted and black," he said, quoting the Nina Simone song. The win puts "Black Panther" squarely in contention for best picture at the Academy Awards where it's nominated for seven honors including best picture.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Surprise Vegas Audience With Duet
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed "Shallow" live for the first time ever. During Gaga's Enigma residency concert in Las Vegas, the singer invited her "A Star Is Born" co-star and director up on the stage with her. Cooper, who was seated in the audience, had the crowd cheering as he joined Gaga to perform their duet. After sharing a hug, Gaga announced to Cooper, "I even got you in-ears." "Jackson never used these," Cooper, referencing his character Jackson Maine, told the crowd as he prepared to perform. Video footage from the concert shows Gaga helping Cooper get ready to sing, giving him a kiss on the cheek before he sat down. As Cooper sang, Gaga knelt beside him, putting her arms on his leg. After Cooper finished his solo, Gaga got up and began her part of the song on the piano.