Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, calling it a “total waste of time,” after Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not fund a wall on the southern border.
• In a luncheon with Senate Republicans, Mr. Trump warned that he was still considering declaring a national emergency to build his border wall without congressional approval.
• If the president invokes emergency powers, it could be a mutually face-saving way to reopen the government, but also a violation of constitutional norms.
• Mr. Trump’s relentless demands for a wall could divide Democrats over border security alternatives, so they are sticking to what unifies them: reopening the government.
• Shutting down the government isn’t cheap. Here are some of the ways it raises costs.
• Bill Shine, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, has been mostly missing in action amid the government shutdown. Now, the president doubts whether Mr. Shine can deliver on his early promise to provide good headlines.
• The Washington metro area is home to the largest number of federal workers in the country, and as their paychecks begin stopping, the negative effects threaten to spread across the region.
• Democrats are eager to use their House majority to investigate Mr. Trump. They have a plan, but it may take a while to build up steam.
• House Democrats have summoned Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, to deliver a classified briefing about the Trump administration’s plans to end sanctions on companies linked to a Russian oligarch.
• Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who had been overseeing the Russia investigation, is expected to leave the Justice Department after Mr. Trump’s choice for attorney general is confirmed.
• Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who has crusaded for Mr. Trump’s impeachment, said he would not run for president in 2020. He is instead focusing his efforts on toppling Mr. Trump before the election.
• A long-running dispute between a Nevada man and the California tax authorities made its third appearance at the Supreme Court, prompting arguments about the power of precedent and the limits of state sovereignty.
• Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signaled that he planned to suspend Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County over the bungled police response to the shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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