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It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
White House Budget Chief Says Shutdown May Extend Into January

Mick Mulvaney, the budget director and incoming chief of staff, said that the White House had made Democrats an offer below the $5 billion figure President Trump had demanded for a border wall.

How Nixon's tax trouble could influence quest for Trump's returns

The mostly forgotten story of Nixon’s tax troubles, long overshadowed by the simultaneous Watergate scandal, is getting a new look from lawmakers and legal experts.

Shutdown to stretch on until at least Thursday as Senate adjourns with no deal over budget, Trumpâ
shuttering the Senate for five days, lawmakers will go home for the holidays as hundreds of thousands of federal workers are @

The move came after a lunch with the president and conservative Republicans — followed by a discussion between Vice President Pence and Sen. Charles E. Schumer that fell flat.

Senators Begged Mattis To Stay, Durbin Says - Politico

Sen. Dick Durbin said he is heartbroken that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is leaving the Cabinet and worried for the next two years of the Trump administration.

Italy wins Senate approval for new budget



Mulvaney Goes To Bat For Trump Over Syria Withdrawal - Politico

Mulvaney on Sunday attempted to explain a tweet from the president over the weekend in which Trump claimed he did not know the career diplomat, whose official title was Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

Merkley: Border Wall ‘a 4th Century Strategy’ - Politico

Pressed by Karl on whether Democrats would consider the funding as part of a larger immigration plan, Merkley said he supported a comprehensive solution that could include fencing, but not a massive wall.

Mulvaney: Shutdown Could Stretch Into 2019 - Politico

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney predicted Sunday that the government shutdown that began midnight Friday could extend into the new year, when Democrats officially retake control of the House of Representatives.

Corker Says Trump Could Have Avoided Shutdown - Politico

Corker says those on Capitol Hill will need to step in.

Mystery Firm Takes Mueller-linked Subpoena Fight To Supreme Court - Politico
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A foreign-government-owned company that appears to be locked in a subpoena fight with Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking the battle to the Supreme Court.

Politico Playbook: Shutdown Negotiations Stalled - Politico

Trash builds up along the National Mall on Sunday as garbage collectors are off work during a partial shutdown of the federal government. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Toomey Says Mattis Nailed It In His Resignation Letter - Politico

Toomey said he customarily gives the president wide latitude in picking his Cabinet, but would be more cautious in this case.

Mattis Leaving Before Jan. 1 - Politico

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Mulvaney Says Border Wall ‘absolutely Necessary’ - Politico



Rand Paul Hails Trump For Syria Withdrawal - Politico

Paul said a complicated diplomatic solution will still be needed to resolve the situation in Syria, involving Russia and Turkey, among others.

Trump: I Gave Mattis 'second Chance' - Politico

But Trump wrote that he made sure Mattis was better equipped and more empowered in his role leading the Pentagon since January 2017.

A matter of distrust: In impasse, lawmakers head home with no idea of when closed agencies might reopen
Friday evening, Shelby said Congress has no intention of going through that again. It would not move a bill until Trump publi @

On Friday evening, Congress took 320 minutes to agree on whether to begin negotiations on the partial shutdown. Now, they won’t talk about it again until after Christmas.

Shelby Warns Trump Against Firing Fed Chairman - Politico

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Facebook Closes 5 Accounts Tied to Russia-Like Tactics in Alabama Senate Race

Facebook acted in response to news reports that a group of social media experts had secretly used deceptive activity in the Alabama race in 2017.

Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to leave on Jan. 1, deputy Patrick Shanahan to assume title of acting secretary

Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Trump over the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. He had been expected to stay in his role through the end of February. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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There have been at least 21 lapses in government funding over the last 40 years, under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Trump, Angry Over Mattisâ

The president has been known to change his mind, but aides said his anger at Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had only grown.

Mulvaney and Mnuchin Say Trump Knows He Lacks Authority to Fire Fed Chairman

Two White House officials responded to reports that President Trump had asked aides whether he could fire the Fed chairman, Jerome H. Powell.

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“It’s very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress,” Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on “Fox News Sunday. The new Congress is scheduled to convene on Jan. 3. This is a developing story. It will be updated.