WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is postponing his State of the Union address until after "the Shutdown is over," following a standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump says in a pair of tweets Wednesday night that he's not looking for an alternative venue "because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber." Pelosi had asked Trump to delay the speech until after the shutdown, which he had resisted.
SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — Police are expected to give additional details about a shooting at a Florida bank that left five dead and a former prison guard trainee arrested. Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said he will hold a Thursday press conference about Wednesday's shooting at a SunTrust branch in his small, central Florida town.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows that the turmoil in Washington has dragged President Donald Trump's approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year. Overall, 34 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance in a survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That's down from 42 percent a month earlier. The president's approval by independents is among its lowest points of his time in office. Just 28 percent of independents say they approve.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Three Venezuelan lawyers are asking the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to grant precautionary measures to protect opposition leader Juan Guaido, his wife and his daughter. The request, shared with The Associated Press by the lawyer Ignacio Alvarez, argues that the measure is needed to safeguard the life, personal integrity and personal freedom of Guaido and his immediate family.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are preparing a border security package that would ignore President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for a wall with Mexico. Instead, the package would pay for other ideas aimed at protecting the border. Their work came as the government slogged through a record 33rd day of its partial shutdown Wednesday. Details of Democrats' border security plan and its cost remain a work in progress.
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