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money every weekend to replace the savings account you drained, you can spend it on yourselves. >> that is just quite a moment. his letter ended, your giving hearts helped to shape my tiny dream into a reality. if you wanted something good to think about this year, this christmas, just think about that m that. it's the day after christmas. i'm jim sciutto in washington. a day before lawmakers come back to close out the 115th congress, republican ally of the president reports little progress towards fully funding the government. the partial shutdown is in the fifth day with neither side showing any sign of budging on funding for the president's desired wall on the mexico border. the markets open again after the worst christmas eve in history. a source tells cnn that the president may meet with the head
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of the federal reserve whom he blames for the recent selloffs. we are also following a revamp of u.s. government policies for the care of young migrant children after the second death this month of a child in u.s. custody just minutes before midnight on christmas eve. an 8-year-old boy who had been detained with his father, he passed away in a new mexico hospital. tell us how this happened and what the border patrol is doing as a result of this death of a child. >> reporter: it is just absolutely such a tragedy that here we are less than three weeks after we reported on the death of the 7 year old and we are talking about yet another death of a child that was in the custody of customs and border protection. this time it happened to an 8 year old who made the trek from guatemala. as we understand it according to the timeline given to us by
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customs and border protection he was shuffled through processing center after processing center. it was on christmas eve monday morning around 9:00 a.m. that during one of the welfare checks made in these facilities that they noticed that this child had glossy eyes and wasn't doing well. he was diagnosed with a common cold but held for an hour longer because he had 103 degree fever. he was allowed to leave and go back into the facility but it was as the hours progressed on christmas eve that his condition deteriorat deteriorated. he was given medication during his first hospital visit. he became nauseous and started vomiting. he was transferred back to the hospital. he lost consciousness and never regained it, dying just shortly before midnight on christmas day. because of this, the commissioner for customs and border protection released a statement saying this is a tragedy and he wants to
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implement steps because of the incidents we have been reporting on. and among them are health screenings and secondary screenings for children under the age of 10. as we understand it they are going to reach out for more help from people like the department of defense to help with the additional screenings and focus on the transportation between customs and border protection and i.c.e. migrants have to wait hours before going through the processing. they are hoping the steps will help keep these things from happening again. >> thanks for staying on top the story. joining me is democratic congress woman elect of texas. thank you for taking the time. >> thank you. good morning. >> first, i would like to ask us your reaction as an incoming lawmaker to the death, the second death of a child in u.s. custody here.
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what has happened? >> the death of both are very tragic, but they are two of hundreds of migrants who have died while in american custody at our ports of entry or in holding cells or somewhere along the journey once they come across the border. and i can tell you our country has known for years dating back to 2014 that the face of migration to our country has changed. we are no longer seeing single mexican males come across our ports of entry or across our southern border for economic reasons. we've been seeing for the last four years central american families who are fleeing violence and poverty and persecution coming to our country to seek asylum. our government has been very slow to react to that changing type of migrant. we are seeing families, not
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single men. our country has been -- our government has been very slow to adapting to that change. for the last several months, according to the agents i have spoken to, they have been raising the alarm. they have been telling their higher ups that they don't have the infrastructure, don't have the person skpnel and training deal with the families coming across in the more rural parts of our parts of entry. the investigations into these two deaths as tragic as they are, i hope they create change. it looks like the department of homeland security is looking to create change. these investigations need to continue, but we also need to investigate a few other things. number one, why were agents and community voices not listened to months ago before these deaths occurred? what is happening in the chain
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of command on the ground where agents with their experience and what they are seeing on the ground are not being listened to by their supervisors? >> it's an interesting point because you are saying the criticism is coming from the inside. the customs and border patrol have announced procedural changes in the wake of the deaths. does that address any of the issue? conducting secondary medical checks. do these changes get to the root cause of the issue? >> so these changes actually do address some of the more immediate issues. they don't address the root causes of migration. that will be up to congress and the president should have been working on this for a long time. we want to stem the flow of central american family whose are putting themselves in danger to flee a place that is too hostile for them to raise their
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families and to be with their children. we need to address that over the long term. that's going to take significant investment and leadership. in the short term, these do help. but we do have to investigate again why we are not listening to community voices sooner before tragedies occur. one other point. there has been a lot of national obsession about a wall. i want to point out that philip and his father were apprehended in the sector where a wall already exists. so many have been saying walls don't work. they don't keep our drugs. they don't prevent migration. this tragedy should be a wakeup call to folks who believe that mythology about walls. >> that's a good point. the area where they came across did already have a wall. congress woman elect, thanks so much for joining us today.
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we look forward to seeing you when you are in washington. wall street is on edge after what has been a wild week and new word that it could lead to yet another white house dismissal. a source telling cnn that president trump's frustration focussed on the treasury secretary steve mnuchin is riding. boris sanchez is at the white house. the president seems to be looking around for someone to blame for the market fall. he was told he can't fire the chairman of the federal reserve without cause usually defined as legal misbehavior here. now he finds himself in the cross hairs. >> certainly appears that way. a source close to the white house telling cnn that mnuchin may be under the gun, that he is in serious jeopardy of potentially getting canned. we understand that aides have been busy scrambling to gather economic data and stories that are positive in order to calm him down.
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from what we are hearing from sources the president is not happy with what he has been hearing. he is not satisfied with the state of the economy right now. we should point out the president did defend mnuchin yesterday calling him very smart and very talented. we have seen where the president says positive things about those within his administration before they are ultimately shown the door. much of his public has been directed towards jerome powell. we understand from sources that right now aides are working out on a possible face-to-face meeting between the two men. the belief is not only would it ease tensions, but also potentially boost the stock market, as well. there is no specific date set. it would be next month. of course, the economy likely a top priority for the white house. we shouldn't forget there is a government shutdown going on right now, a sparlpartial shutd there is still no end in sight
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thmpt preside. >> 800,000 people enough, some of the folks affected are people who work on the border. boris sanchez, thanks very much. still to come, one of the president's closest allies on the hill says there has been little progress in ending the partial government shutdown. democrats set to take control of the house in just a few days. they are promising investigations. president trump calls that harassment. every road in the world is now an information superhighway. (phone ringing) and the car has become an accessory to the smartphone. ride hailing, car sharing, carpooling... mobility services are proliferating. and there's a new generation who don't seem to want to own cars in the first place. it all means massive disruption to the car industry, cities, businesses and investors. i'm martyn briggs for bank of america merrill lynch.
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shutdown. for president trump the budget battle will not be over until he gets money for his border wall. democrats who return to d.c. do not appear to be budging either. republican lawmaker telling us little progress has been made. joining me now is national political reporter for the washington examiner. thanks for joining us today. >> happy boxer day. >> boxing day. >> boxing. that would be like -- >> an excuse to extend christmas another 24 hours. >> you wrote an interesting piece. over the past week it appears trump has forgotten that his supporters are populists and conservatives. plain your point there. >> this new coalition, like all coalitions, there is a lot of things that a lot of people don't have in common. when you are the head of a
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coalition as obama was with his from 2008 through 2016, you sort of have to do a delicate balancing act. and the presidents to date had done a good job of that. since the election, he has sort of been all over the place and mostly feeding his populist side of his coalition and sort of not paying enough attention or listening to what the conservative side of his coalition wants from him. what that is stability. when you see general mattis leave and john kelly leave, one of the things that sort of calmed a certain part of conservative part of his coalition was the fact that there were people like kelly and mattis and nikki haley within the administration. when you see them leave and you see that instability, you start
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to see conservatives wavering. you saw that in particular in the lead up to the mid terms. and the republicans lost. a lot of that was not about good republicans in the house and the senate. a lot of that was about the president. that was the conservative part of his coalition. >> i wonder, the president has been all over the place through his career on principles. basically, changing them when it suits him. as you seem to be saying, you are seeing now, do you believe the president is even a conservative himself? >> i don't know what his beliefs are. that is part of what made him so
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popular among a bunch of different people, people liked that he wasn't super idea logical. he did do things that made people happy in particular judges. that was very important to conservatives and brought them over. the iran deal, that made sort of hawkish conservatives like tom cotton very happy. but when you start to lose those people like tom cotton who have been unhappy with the president since sort of how he has dealt with syria and the withdrawal of troops, you see a wareness. it is important to hold that entire coalition together. you saw president obama have to sort of do that when he was trying to hold his coalition together and hillary clinton remarkably failed in holding the obama coalition together because
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she got youth and minorities and women right but not enough white working class. that was part of why she lost and they went towards trump. >> thanks very much for walking us through it. >> thanks so much. have a good boxing day. >> you, too. we are less than an hour into trading and we are seeing stocks fall flat. it was already the worst christmas eve drop ever? what is going to happen today? market had been up. the treasury secretary is trying to calm the markets. the president's comments don't seem to be working. a source tells cnn that steve mnuchin's job could be in serious jeopardy adding that mnuchin is under the gun. christine romans is with us. i know i ask you this all the time because a lot of folks claim a lot of stuff about the market, the president, as well,
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often not based on the facts. the market is going down for a whole host of reasons right now, far out of the control of a fed chairman or a treasury secretary. tell us what is going on. >> you had a ten year bull run here and an economy that has been just on fire. investors have decided that this year 2018 is probably the best it is going to get. you is seen growth start to slow around the world. germany. china slowing down. there is a trade war that is a big problem here and unresolved. you have interest rates rising. that is what the president has been focussing in on. he said the only thing wrong in our economy is the fed raising rates. rates were too low for too long. presidents don't like it when the fed raises rates when they are the president. there is probably not much the president can do about that. the more he complains about it the more unsettled investors
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get. the president started throwing this fit on twitter about the fed chief with his analogy to playing golf. the market went down even more. on sunday you saw an administration trying to soothe fears. the treasury secretary issued a statement. that made people more concerned because they were like why is he injecting the doubt of liquidity. there were missteps that had been added on to what had been a run of the mill down turn. >> president trump is trying to offer his own trading advice amid the plunge saying i think it is a tremendous opportunity to buy, really great opportunity to buy. the president is trying to goose the markets there. you speak to big investors on wall street. >> they don't want him to talk about the stock market. they don't want him to talk about the fed. it's not helpful and it adds more noise in a story that right
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now is a story of chaos. it's about resignations and firings and who is in charge and what is the strategy. it just doesn't add to confidence. they would like to see him stop talking about the market. he took credit for the market being up. this is what happens when you take credit. when you own it on the way up, you have to own it on the way down. >> yes indeed. it's down there as we are talking to you. more red than green. christine romans, thanks very much. we are 19 months into special counsel's robert mueller's probe. could 2019 bring an end to the investigation? we'll discuss. mes you need a second sample to confirm that the first sample was, you know, accurate. of course it was accurate... (laughs) for the road. so we improved everything. we used 50% fewer ingredients added one handed pumps and beat the top safety standards
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when they take over the house, democrats are expected to bring a new intensity to many russia investigations. they'll take over one week from tomorrow. on the special counsel side of things, this is where we stand with robert mueller's probe as 2018 winds down. four prison sentences so far, one conviction at trial so far. seven guilty pleas and three dozen defendants charged. let's bring in former district attorney for new york. thanks for taking the time. >> how are you doing? >> very good. you heard the president dismissing any investigation both robert mueller and on the hill as democrats take over the
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house as presidential harassment, a phrase he will stick with in the coming months. from a legal perspective, what new powers do democrats have now that they chair these key committees on the hill? >> so the president has already been fighting a multi front battle. he has been under investigation by robert mueller, by the southern district of new york, by the new york attorney general's office. he is about to see a new front open up. the fact that the house of representatives is coming back next week and will be under democratic control will change everything. there is much more and different things that the house can do than a typical prosecutor can do. first of all, the house can demand and insist on rapid hearings and public disclosure of problematic things that may have happened. one example, we just learned last week that the president met with matthew whittaker and spoke
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with him about the fact that the southern district it implicated the president. the new house will have the ability to call that out publically, to hold the hearing to subpoena other people and say what happened here? that is something that mueller can certainly investigate. he can't air it publicly and quickly the way the house of representatives can. >> the president is attempting to exert power over the special counsel's investigation. of course, the principle way is by publically attacking it so they believe him and believe that the russia investigation is a witch-hunt as you just called it. but the other ways is putting in place an attorney general who criticized the probe and nominating william bar as a permanent replacement for him. what power from a legal
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perspective do friendly attorneys general have over the special counsel probe, if any, to hem it in as the president clearly desires them to do? >> it's important that people realize that the attorney general has a lot of authority over mueller, that the special counsel regulations say that mueller needs to get approval from the attorney general for subpoenas, for significant investigative steps including search warrants and indictments. this is a person who will have say so over what mueller does. this is why it is all the much more important that the democrats are taking over. there have been real legitimate questions raised about the impartiality and motivation of matthew whittaker and to bill bar, as well. he wrote the memo that he sent into d.o.j. unsolicited which is unusual to have an attorney say here are my pages worth of thoughts. when you take that memo and
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combine it with what has been going on between the president and whittaker, the president clearly communicating to get the southern district off my back. there are real questions about impartiality and the democratic congress can be a crucial check on that. >> you might wonder if that was the waving of a flag saying look at me for this job. in response to bar's criticism, the deputy attorney general, he had some pretty strong words with this message included. he said obviously our decisions are informed by our knowledge of the actual facts in this case which mr. bar didn't have. is he telegraphing his commitment to the investigation or once barr sees the facts he will know this is no witch hunt? >> that is what i hope he means. it does sound like he is suggesting that. a hoar cynical read would be he sees this guy coming in as his
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boss and is trying to sort of apologize for the bizarre move that barr made. i hope what rosenstein means is he will see the facts and he will come off of this uninformed view. >> thanks very much. >> thanks, jim. russia and the syrian regime are reinforcing troops in the northern part of syria days after president trump's summary decision to withdraw u.s. troops from the country, surprising everyone including the troops. what will this mean for the war on terror? there are so many toothpastes out there... ...which one should i use? choose one that takes care of your gums and enamel. crest gum & enamel repair cleans below the gum line and helps repair weakened enamel. gum & enamel repair. look for a $1 coupon in this sunday's paper.
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when he announced the pull out of all u.s. forces from syria president trump claimed that russia was not happy about it. well, vladimir putin promptly said the opposite and this morning the kremlin is calling on serious government led by the staunch ally reclaimed the territory u.s. troops are giving up. joining me now with his thoughts are former cia operative. thank you for taking time with us. can you lay out the preposterousness claiming that russia would oppose the withdrawal of u.s. forces in a country where russia wants to have control by bashar al assad? >> this is former policy malpractice. clearly the russians are delighted that we are giving them all of syria, that we are giving up our kurdish allies and
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not only to russia, the iranians will fill the vacuum. the other day somebody called me and said are you guys serious, pulling out of syria and leaving it to us? this is insane. this is the most successful counter insurgeance we have conducted in living memory, getting rid of the islamic state using kurdish forces. to just give this up gratuitously is crazy. >> a senior administration official in this administration said that the situation in that northern pocket of syria around isis tightening the noose as it were, this official compared it to torah bora when u.s. forces had bin laden incircled and pulled back. he got away. that is quite a loss to have isis on its back foot, in effect, last battle and then to
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walk away. >> exactly. it's like bush saying mission accomplished. it's not. the islamic state is coming back in iraq. there is a political mess there. the shi'a have taken over the country. the sunni are now turning to the islamic state. and eastern syria, they may not be an organization with a capital, but it has gone underground and is well armed. if the kurdish forces release prisoners there will be thousands more out there. i don't see anybody making another calculation other than that one. >> the role of the turks in this is remarkable because apparently it was on a phone call with the turkish president that president trump basically said fine. you have syria, a number of outlets reporting that description. i have been told that u.s. allies in the region are unhappy with this and that includes
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allies that president trump has brought closer, israel, saudi arabia, uae because they don't want that ground seeded to turkey. what kind of situation is that for what the president has said is his priority there? >> jim, frankly, we are just evacuating the middle east. this is the first time forever that we are just giving it up. again, i go back to iran. if you look at the map, the iranians can now send missiles through iraq, through syria to lebanon on the israeli border. the israelis are absolutely furious about the decision that they weren't consulted and there is no plan. and this decision on a phone call i just can't tell you how transgressive this is. >> for folks listening at home, they may think this is a million miles away. the fact is isis remains in that pocket in syria.
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u.s. will be pulling back. al qaeda remains in afghanistan and counter terror had become a chief role of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. do these decisions make americans less safe in your view? >> absolutely we are less safe. this is their training ground for the islamic state. they will come back. if there is one guarantee of anything that goes in the middle east, these people are coming back and it will make us more dangerous, more dangerous for us inside our borders and europe's as well. >> a lot of experience in the middle east. thanks very much for sdwrojoini. in 2018 several sites faced controversy for how they handled your private information. an anonymous writer dominated the headlines. a look back at the biggest media stories of the year. share the love event,
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this year saw the rise of the me too movement, a social media reckoning and the falls of two major television stars. here is brian stelter with a look at the top eight media stories of 2018. > >> reporter: shocking stories, deadly attacks, falls from grace and the undeniable truth that words matter. here are the top eight media stories in 2018. number eight, the trump book club making nonfiction great again. starting in january michael wolf's fire and fury sold millions of copies. >> is donald trump fit to be president of the united states? >> pro trump books were also
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best sellers. fear broke records. >> it's beyond stunning. bob woodward presents a devastating look behind the scenes of the trump white house. >> the top seller of the year was michelle obama's "becoming." it was an unknown writer behind the biggest media mystery. who penned this op-ed in the "new york times"? the paper gave anonymity to a senior trump official. number seven, me too marches on. the water shed movement against sexual harassment and abuse tumbled more titans of media including at cbs. >> breaking news, les moonves
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new allegations published today is out. >> we are learning the veteran executive producer of cbs's 60 minutes is leaving amid allegations of inappropriate conduct. >> both men have denied wrong doing. number six, attacks against the guardians. members of the media around the world like jamal khashoggi who was brutally murdered at the hands of a saudi hit squad. khashoggi was a contributing columnist of the "washington post" which is now demanding just frs his death. >> we are going to continue shouting and pressing our u.s. officials to do more. >> reporter: reporters and writers have always faced threats, but the dangers have magnified and multiplied which brings me to number five, the deadliest day for u.s. journalists since september 11. >> baltimore sun reporting there has been a shooting at a newspaper building in annapolis,
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maryland. >> reporter: five people murdered in the news room. the accused gunman had a grudge against the paper. the gazette put out a new edition just hours later. number four, two high profile falls from grace. rozan bar and megyn kelly. two networks took a chance. at abc the reboot premiered to record ratings and fell apart after barr went on a racist twitter rant. she apologized, but it was too late. >> the top rated television comedy of the year is now cancelled. >> hollywood was stunned, but supportive of abc. and the connors came back in the fall. over at nbc, disappointing ratings for kelly's talk show led to a cancellation and then offensive remarks about black
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based stephanie halaha costumed >> you do get in trouble. when i was a kid that was okay as long as you were dressed as a character. kelly apologized. will she go back to fox news? the network says it is happy with its current lineup. that leads us to number three, the fox news white house. a never before seen level of coziness between a tv network and a president. trump watches the channel, promotes the talk shows and hires on air personalities. some white house aides have dubbed sean hannity the shadow chief of staff. maybe this was the logical next step. >> the white house officially hired former fox news executive bill shine. >> reporter: bill shine running trump's communications while former communications aid hope
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hicks is running fox corporate pr. the line gut blurrier during the mid terms. >> guess who was on the campaign trail with trump just a few hours ago, sean hannity of fox news. >> all those people in the back are fake news. >> reporter: fox chastised him for that. hannity said he was not expecting to be called on stage t. is just the latest illustration of how little space there is between the white house and some right wing media. a social media reckoning. facebook, twitter and youtube under skrcrutiny as they strugg to crack down on misinformation, trolling, foreign meddling and hate speech all before congress text ceos admitting they were too slow to act. >> we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake. it was my mistake and i'm sorry.
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>> our singular objective as a company right now is to increase the health of public conversation. >> conspiracy theorists like alex jones have been kicked off the platforms. is that the right solution? should there be more oversight? those are questions for 2019. the number one media story of 2018 is president trump's war on the press, getting real. antimedia words from the president are nothing new. >> they are truly an enemy of the people, the fake news. >> this year we saw actions and consequences. there were physical threats like a series of package bombs allegedly mailed by trump supporter. the targets were some of the president's critics and cnn. >> did they have project iiles. that sounds like a fire alarm. we'll keep you posted on that. >> it was a package mailed into
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the building. >> reporter: the suspect was arrested and so were the two other men who phoned in threats to news rooms. instead of lowering the temperature, trump amped it up with events like this. >> sit down, please. sit down. i didn't call you. i didn't call you. that's such a racist question. that's enough. that's enough. that's enough. that's enough. >> that's enough. >> after that press conference the white house yanked jim acosta's press pass. cnn went to court with the support of dozens of news outlets. a judge sided with cnn and acosta went back to work, but the challenges persist. reporters are standing up for their values, supporting the free press with hundreds of papers coming together to say we are not the enemy. will the white house ever get the message? stay tuned.
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hello everyone. the good news this hour is the dow started the day by trying to bounce back from its worse ever christmas eve. the bad news, the markets are now in the red for the day again. and the seemingly endless drama in washington is making it tough to make gains. part of the government shutdown is that the government is shutdown for a fifth day with talks pretty much at a stand still. and then there is this, word that president trump might have a rare meeting with the chairman of the federal reserve jerome powell and that could consume the same jerome powell that president trump blames for the worst december on the stock market since the great depression sbrmpt dh they a depression. they are raising interest rates


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