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MNI POLITICAL RISK - Congress To Recess With Shutdown Looming

  • The House of Representatives is set to depart this afternoon on a two-week recess. If the House returns on Feb 28, as scheduled, lawmakers will have three days to prevent a partial government shutdown.
  • A bipartisan group of House Reps could release an alternative foreign policy aid and border security package as soon as today.
  • Washington was temporarily plunged into a state of panic yesterday when House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep Mike Turner (R-OH) issued a cryptic statement warning of an unspecified national security threat. Multiple outlets later reported that the threat has been known for a number of weeks and is likely related to intelligence suggesting Russia is developing nuclear weapons which could be deployed in space.
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told reporters in Detroit yesterday that she has discussed the potential seizure of Russian assets with European leaders.
  • The US has intercepted an Iranian ship carrying advanced weaponry to Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, according to CENTCOM.
  • Former President Donald Trump will appear in court again today as he attempts to stall the four criminal cases against him until after the presidential election in November.
  • IRS Commissioner Danny Wefel will appear in front of the House Ways and Means Committee today.
  • A bipartisan redistricting commission in New York is set to draw a Congressional map today which could be determine control of the House in November.
  • Poll of the Day: Former Governor Larry Hogan is polling strongly after his late entry into the Maryland Senate race.
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