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News Wrap: Bipartisan group working on shutdown compromises

In our news wrap Tuesday, a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers say they met behind closed doors last night in hopes of forging a compromise to reopen the government. President Trump met with a group of House Republicans; the White House said Democrats declined to attend. Also, at least 600 people carrying backpacks started out from a Honduras bus station on Monday, heading for the U.S.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Parts of the United States government remain shut down tonight after 25 days. President Trump met with congressional Republicans today, but the White House said Democrats declined to attend.

    At the Capitol, a group of bipartisan lawmakers said they are trying to work on a compromise.

  • Sen. Joe Manchin, W.Va.:

    There's a group. Everybody's talking. Everybody wants to find a way out of this.

    Last night, I can just tell you, when they walked out, I think, unanimously, everybody said, let's get back. Let's open up government. Let's basically talk about our differences.

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska:

    I'm not asking the president to stand down on his priority for border security, but I am asking him to recognize that, in order for him to get some — some or all or a portion of what he is asking for, he is going to have to deal with a Congress that is now led on the House side by Democrat-led Congress.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, Democratic freshmen members of the House marched to the Senate side of the Capitol this afternoon. They demanded that Republicans pass bills to reopen the government.

    Also today, the Federal Aviation Administration called another 2,200 aviation safety inspectors back to work. And the IRS recalled to work 46,000 furloughed employees, 60 percent of its work force, to handle tax returns and refunds. None of the workers in either agency will be paid.

    President Trump pointed today to a new caravan of migrants from Honduras to bolster his demands for a border wall. At least 600 people carrying backpacks started out from a bus station late Monday. Some were on foot, others boarded trucks and buses.

    The British House of Commons tonight has defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union. The outcome of the vote was overwhelming, 432 to 202. It sets the stage for a vote of no-confidence in May's government. That's tomorrow. We will have a report from London later in the program.

    In Kenya, explosions and gunfire rocked an upscale hotel and office complex in Nairobi today. A mortuary worker said 15 people were killed, including one American. The Islamist group Al-Shabaab, based in neighboring Somalia, claimed responsibility. The attack left cars burning and sent hotel workers fleeing for their lives.

    Kenyan security forces rushed in, hunting for the gunmen, and survivors told of terror and confusion.

  • Paul Mumo:

    By the time we reached the last entrance to come out, then the gunshots are being aimed at us, so we could not tell where they are coming from, who is shooting them. So we just retreated and went back.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Just yesterday, a Kenyan magistrate ordered three men to stand trial for killing 67 people at a Nairobi mall in 2013. Al-Shabaab carried out that attack as well.

    In Southern Africa, a second day of violent protests erupted after the government doubled fuel prices. Soldiers intervened to disperse crowds in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads. Trouble broke out in at least one other city as well. Amnesty International says eight people were killed in Monday's violence. The government says the number was three.

    The International Criminal Court acquitted the former president of ivory coast today, of crimes against humanity; 73-year-old Laurent Gbagbo was accused in the deaths of more than 3,000 people, after he refused to accept defeat in the 2010 election. This was the court's first attempt to prosecute a former president.

    Back in this country, a string of storms has prompted evacuations for parts of Southern California that were burned bare by wildfires. Officials now fear, that is, heavy snow and rain across the Los Angeles area and surrounding mountains could trigger mudslides. Area residents say they're doing their best to get ready.

  • Sean Bollis:

    I am going to put my sandbags directly, probably a line by the driveway and then the side of my house where the mud came through last time.

  • Question:

    Are you in the order?

  • Sean Bollis:

    I am, yes. I'm right in the red, right in the heart of it.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    A year ago, mudslides killed 23 people in the city of Montecito and destroyed more than 100 homes.

    A federal judge in New York has blocked the 2020 census from adding a citizenship question. A coalition of states and cities had argued that it's a deliberate attempt to discourage immigrants from taking part. The judge, today, found that the question is constitutional. But he said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added it arbitrarily, and he said he wasn't candid about White House involvement.

    The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to address the issue in February.

    There's word that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low last year for prosecuting pollution crimes. The 166 cases referred to the Justice Department was the fewest since 1988. In a statement, the EPA said it is focused on the most significant cases.

    And on Wall Street, stocks rallied after China announced plans to cut taxes and boost its economy. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 155 points to close at 24065. The Nasdaq rose nearly 118 points, and the S&P 500 added 27.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": confirmation hearings begin for a new attorney general; Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May loses a key vote on her Brexit plan; the entire House of Representatives votes to rebuke comments made by Iowa Congressman Steve King; and much more.

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