Government Will Stay Open (For Now), Flynn Probe Heats Up, and More
The House and Senate approved a short-term spending bill on Friday, with only hours to spare before a partial government shutdown.
Leaders hope it will be enough time to finish a $1 trillion package financing government through the end of the fiscal year. But that means that on his 100th day, which is Saturday, President Donald Trump wouldn’t be able to claim victories on two issues he touted during his campaign: a health care overhaul and a budget that would finance the government for the entire year. Read the story from The Atlantic.
Ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn remains in the hot seat as now the Pentagon has joined in probing the payments he accepted from foreign sources, including a Russian state-sponsored TV network. Read the story from The AP.
“There’s a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea, absolutely,” the president told Reuters. Read the story from NPR.
Festival Gone Bad
Festival-goers were hoping for a luxurious weekend, like a Coachella, but for people willing to drop thousands to attend. It was the brainchild of Ja Rule, and was being promoted by Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, among others. Tickets started at $1,200 and went into five figures for VIP treatment, including yachts, villas, and gourmet cuisine.
But what they found instead: Unfinished disaster-relief tents to sleep in, robberies, muggings, and no festival. It was canceled at the last minute.