In our news wrap Monday, the partial government shutdown reached day 10, but House Democrats are formulating a plan that could end it. Their forthcoming proposal would fund the Department of Homeland Security into early February, allocating $1.3 billion for border security. Also, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is forming an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency in 2020.
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The partial government shutdown is now in its 10th day, but there may be an end in sight.
House Democrats are preparing to vote on a package Thursday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8. It includes $1.3 billion for border security. That's far short of the $5 billion President Trump demanded for the border wall. They'll also vote on six more bipartisan bills to fund other departments through the end of September.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the first high-profile Democrat to formally move toward making a bid for the presidency in 2020. Warren announced she's formed an exploratory committee to decide whether to eventually run for the office. She spoke to reporters outside her home in Cambridge this afternoon.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.:
I'm in this fight all the way. Right now, Washington works great for the wealthy and the well-connected. It's just not working for anyone else. But I am optimistic. I believe in what we can do together.
I'm going to build a grassroots campaign. It's already got people from all across this country who are going to be part of it. And together we're going to make change.
Today's move will allow Warren to begin raising funds for a likely presidential campaign in what's expected to be a crowded Democratic field. We will take a closer look at the 2020 race and get an update on the government shutdown later in the program.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis bid farewell to Pentagon employees today. The former U.S. Marine Corps general resigned last month over policy differences with President Trump, including the president's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.
In a written message, Mattis insisted — quote — "Our department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult. So keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes."
Russia's domestic security agency says it has detained an American citizen on suspicion of spying. In a statement, the federal security service said it arrested Paul Whelan on Friday in Moscow during what they called an espionage operation, but gave no further details.
The State Department told the "NewsHour" U.S. officials were informed of the arrest and have requested to meet Whelan. Spying charges can carry up to 20 years in prison in Russia.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, several major cities had their Internet shut down today as ballots were counted for the long-delayed presidential election. Opposition candidates accused the government of trying to prevent social media speculation about election results in the Central African country.
In the capital city of Kinshasa, an opposition stronghold, residents worried about the election's legitimacy.
Claude Tshitenda (through translator):
I don't think the elections were credible because too many people could not vote because of problems with the electoral lists. Many people didn't find their names registered and were told to go to other voting centers. Many people didn't vote yesterday.
The current president, Joseph Kabila, is stepping down after being in power for 17 years. The election marks the first peaceful democratic transfer of power since the country's independence from Belgium in 1960. Official results are expected to be announced on January 15.
Back in this country, Wall Street closed out its worst year in a decade. But stocks ended the day in positive territory, boosted by gains in the technology and retail sectors. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 265 points to close at 23327. And the Nasdaq rose nearly 51 points. And the S&P 500 added 21.
And revelers around the globe are ringing in the new year. Fireworks displays lit up the night sky during celebrations from Sydney, Australia, to Hong Kong. New York City, meanwhile, beefed up its holiday security with 7,000 officers on the streets and its first-ever use of drone surveillance. And across France, authorities deployed nearly 150,000 security forces to prevent unrest and terror attacks.