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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump signs stopgap bill, ending government shutdown

  • Report: Sessions has been pressuring FBI director to fire his deputy

  • Trump imposes steep tariffs on solar panels, washing machines

  • Leaked draft shows White House's approach to infrastructure spending

  • Rosie the Riveter model Naomi Parker Fraley dies at 96

After the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reopen the government with a vote of 81-18, the House followed on Monday afternoon, voting 266-150 and sending the bill to President Trump's desk, where it was signed late Monday. The measure funds the federal government through Feb. 8, and the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years. To get Democrats on board, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised that immigration legislation will be brought to a vote by Feb. 8 if it's not resolved earlier.

Source: The Hill

With President Trump's blessing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was forced out, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told Axios. Sessions told White House counsel Don McGahn that Wray is distressed by the request, and McGahn in turn said it's not worth losing the director, especially in the wake of Trump firing former FBI Director James Comey last year. Trump nominated Wray last June, and he previously served as deputy attorney general under former President George W. Bush. McCabe was acting director of the FBI after Comey was fired, and Trump and other Republicans want him gone because his wife ran for office as a Democrat.

Source: Axios

President Trump on Monday, acting on recommendations by the U.S. International Trade Commission, approved steep tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. The administration says that by placing a tariff of 30 percent on most imported solar modules and a tariff of up to 50 percent on large residential washing machines, this will help American companies. Whirlpool is pleased with the news, with its chairman saying it will create manufacturing jobs, but Bill Vietas, a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said the tariffs will hurt his business. "Government tariffs will increase the cost of solar and depress demand, which will reduce the orders we're getting and cost manufacturing workers their jobs," he told The Associated Press.

Source: The Associated Press

A leaked draft of the White House's infrastructure plan shows President Trump's tentative approach to one of his biggest campaign promises. Axios acquired the document, which breaks down the $1 trillion plan into categories: infrastructure incentives make up 50 percent of total appropriation and encourage "state, local, and private investment in core infrastructure by providing incentives in the form of grants"; transformative projects, which "must be exploratory and ground-breaking ideas," make up 10 percent; rural infrastructure makes up 25 percent; federal credit programs 7 percent; and the federal capital financing fund 5 percent. Additionally, grants would be capped at funding 20 percent of project costs, a decline from 50 percent.

Source: Axios

Naomi Parker Fraley, a former waitress who inspired the artist behind the 1943 "We Can Do It!" poster, died Saturday in Longview, Washington. She was 96. Several people claimed to be the model for the poster, which was created for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, but in 2016, Seton Hall University Prof. James Kimble discovered that artist J. Howard Miller was most likely inspired by a photo of Fraley that appeared in newspapers across the country. The photo showed Fraley, who worked in a Navy machine shop during World War II, standing at an industrial lathe, her hair up in a bandana with polka dots. "The women of this country these days need some icons," Fraley told People in 2016, after Kimble tracked her down. "If they think I'm one, I'm happy."

Source: The New York Times
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