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We start today with a reversal in U.S. plans to withdraw from Syria, the continuing talks to end the partial government shutdown, and last night’s Golden Globe Awards.
John Bolton suggests a slower pullout from Syria
President Trump’s national security adviser outlined on Sunday conditions for a withdrawal that could leave American troops in Syria for months or even years.
Mr. Bolton’s remarks appeared to roll back the president’s plan to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops within 30 days, a decision that surprised allies and drew objections from the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned within hours of Mr. Trump’s announcement last month.
The details: Mr. Bolton said the U.S. would remain in Syria until the Islamic State was completely defeated and Turkey had guaranteed that it wouldn’t strike Kurdish forces allied with the U.S.
The Daily: On today’s episode, one of our White House reporters discusses the decision to leave Syria and what it means for the role of the U.S. military.
“They don’t like concrete,” President Trump said of Democrats’ views of a border wall, “so we’ll give them steel.”
Government shutdown enters its third week
President Trump said on Sunday that negotiations to end the partial government shutdown had been “productive,” but that if Congress didn’t allocate more than $5 billion for a border wall, he might use “emergency” authority to build the barrier with other government funds.
Democrats said there was no progress in ending the shutdown, and appeared unmoved by Mr. Trump’s shift to calling for a steel barrier, rather than one made of concrete.
What’s next: Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would begin considering bills this week to reopen departments that handle crucial functions like tax refunds and food stamps.
From Opinion: Declaring a “national emergency” in order to divert funds to pay for a wall would be illegal, a Yale law professor writes.
Notable: Only a handful of asylum seekers at the border are allowed into the U.S. each day. As their despair grows, so do the profits of human smugglers. Our correspondent reports from the border town of Reynosa, Mexico.
American factories feel the trade war’s pinch
Trade talks between the U.S. and China begin today in Beijing, and there’s pressure from both sides to achieve a truce.
Complaints from American industry are growing, as the trade war disrupts factories that depend on imported parts. “It’s killing us,” said the chairman of a company in Michigan that’s considering moving production to Mexico.
Closer look: President Trump says the U.S. has an advantage in trade negotiations, as the Chinese economy has, by several measures, been hobbled by tariffs.
Rami Malek, third from right, won a best actor award for his role as Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Members of the band were among those who joined him.
A night of upsets at the Golden Globes
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Freddie Mercury biopic, was named best drama on Sunday, beating out the favored “A Star Is Born,” which ended the night with just one award, for best song.
In another surprise, Lady Gaga, whose role in “A Star Is Born” was expected to earn her a best actress award, lost to Glenn Close, who won for “The Wife.”
“Green Book,” a movie about race relations, was the night’s big winner, taking home three trophies.
Review: With a focus on diversity and little political commentary, a ceremony known for boozy troublemaking tried to stay out of trouble this year, our chief TV critic writes.