January 16, 2019

"It is Day 25 of the government shutdown, which is great news for everyone whose New Year's resolution was lawless anarchy," Stephen Colbert joked on Tuesday's Late Show. But "it's been hard on government employees, particularly the president. His popularity had taken a nose dive," even on his favorite poll, Rasmussen. "He's cratering," Colbert said. "By the time the election rolls around, he could lose to the ticket of Chlamydia/Ted Cruz 2020."

Still, "at least one good thing has come out of the government shutdown: A giant pile of hamburgers," Colbert said. He reveled in the photo of Trump standing before the 300 hamburgers he bought for Clemson's champion football team. If Trump's using his pile of burgers to distract everyone from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and his tanking poll numbers, "I'm totally into it," Colbert said, especially if it comes with presidential tweets about serving "over 1,000 hamberders."

"That's right, 'hamberders,'" Jimmy Kimmel laughed on Kimmel Live. "How does that happen? The 'e' and the 'u' aren't even near each other on the keyboard! It's like in the middle of tweeting he had a stroke or something. Or is it possible he thought they were called 'hamberders' until today?" Before Trump took down the tweet, he was trolled by Burger King, among others, Kimmel noted. He trolled Trump, too, with a special person-on-the-street quiz. He also pointed out that Trump himself said he ordered 300 burgers, not 1,000. "He has to lie about everything, he can't help it," Kimmel said. "Or maybe he ate the other 700 hamberders himself."

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah found the whole burger-by-candlelight thing eerily on-brand: "If you combine any fancy thing with any garbage-y thing, that's Trump's style, right? McDonald's by candlelight, caviar in a porta-potty, him in the White House. It's just the mix. But I will say this: If the government shutdown means that Trump gets to eat cheeseburgers every night, then this thing is going to last forever." Watch below. Peter Weber

1:44 p.m.

So-called women's issues affect everyone. It just took some women presidential candidates to make that clear.

Democratic women have entered the 2020 race in record numbers, bringing paid family leave, pay disparities, and other issues that primarily affect women to the mainstream. That's very apparent with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who introduced a "Family Bill of Rights," and with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who debuted a maternal mortality bill, both on Wednesday.

Gillibrand has by far churned out the biggest policies to benefit women and families, starting with her Senate bills tackling sexual assault in the military and in the halls of Congress. That continued in her family-focused economic policy plan, which takes on adoption discrimination, paid family leave, and rural disparities in pregnancy health care. Gillibrand pledged to address those issues during her first 100 days in the White House.

Harris also rolled out a bill Wednesday to address the 700 pregnancy-related deaths America sees every year, particularly mentioning how black women are more than three times more likely to die from those causes than white women. The bill would dedicate $25 million toward programs to fight racial bias in medicine, and another $125 million for identifying and properly handling high-risk pregnancies, CBS News reports. Harris also has a pretty extensive plan to fine companies with gender pay disparities, with proceeds going toward Gillibrand's FAMILY Act for paid leave.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) most recent woman-focused proposal rolled out last week and calls on Congress to pass laws preserving abortion rights. She also has a plan to incentivize hospitals to reduce maternal mortality rates for black women, has another plan to subsidize child care nationwide, and has spoken extensively about closing the gender pay gap. Kathryn Krawczyk

1:21 p.m.

An increasing number of impoverished students are enrolling in the for-profit education industry.

Less selective institutions have seen a rise in enrollment from students who are living in poverty, Pew Research Center found. The study, which examined enrollment across institutions from 1996 and 2016, showed that an increase in enrollment across all undergraduate educational institutions was fueled almost entirely by more low-income families and students of color enrolling.

Thirty-six percent of dependent students and 50 percent of independents at for-profit universities were in poverty in 2016. Both of these groups made up the highest income distribution bracket at for-profit schools, per the report.

For-profit universities can be an attractive option for students, but they are typically more expensive than not-for-profit institutions and present more struggles in paying off student debt, reports Axios. For-profit schools are also more likely to shut down, and some have been accused of false advertising and predatory lending, per Axios.

Across the board, students in poverty have increased at all undergraduate institutions. Among all dependent undergraduates, the percentage in poverty increased from 12 to 20 percent over the 20-year-period and from 29 to 42 percent among independent undergrads. Marianne Dodson

1:05 p.m.

Harriet Tubman's image will not be coming to a $20 dollar bill near you in 2020, as promised.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin revealed on on Wednesday that the bill's design was being delayed until 2028 to prevent counterfeiting issues, which he says is his primary duty at present. While he will focus on the security feature redesign of the bill, the imagery will likely be handled by a successor. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) grilled Mnuchin during his testimony on the international financial system before the House Financial Services Committee.

Mnuchin said he agreed with Pressley that America's diversity should be celebrated more frequently in the country's "imagery," but not necessarily currency, arguing that he cannot separate his professional duties from his personal opinions when it comes to this particular matter.

Mnuchin's boss, President Trump, said before he was elected to the office in 2016 that putting Tubman's image on the $20 dollar bill was "pure political correctness" and suggested instead her likeness be used for the rare $2 bill instead. It's worth noting that if Tubman does eventually make it on to the $20 dollar bill, she would be replacing one of Trump's favorite commanders-in-chief, former President Andrew Jackson, who is known for forcibly relocating Native Americans during his tenure.

Tubman, an African-American abolitionist and political activist who helped numerous enslaved people escape along the underground railway, was chosen for the bill by the Treasury Department under the Obama administration in 2016 after a lengthy process, which considered public opinion. It's release was scheduled to coincide with the centennial of the 19th ammendment, which granted women the right to vote. Tim O'Donnell

12:25 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she's praying for President Trump — and for the nation — after he suddenly ended a meeting to discuss infrastructure.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke to reporters following Trump reportedly walking out of their meeting five minutes in after Pelosi earlier in the day said that he is "engaged in a cover-up." Trump refused to work with the top Democrats because of what he called their their "phony investigations," also saying, "I don't do cover-ups."

"I pray for the president of the United States, and I pray for the United States of America," Pelosi said. She also speculated that Trump perhaps "took a pass" on their meeting due to "lack of confidence on his part" about their infrastructure negotiations.

Schumer subsequently said that "it's clear that this was not a spontaneous move on the president's part" but that he planned to walk out ahead of time, also saying, "to watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop." Brendan Morrow

12:22 p.m.

Prada will be fur-free in 2020, joining a slew of other fashion houses in making more socially-conscious clothing.

The Spring/Summer 2020 women's collection will be the designer's final venture with fur, and the move to go fur-less will impact all of Prada's brands — including Miu Miu, Church's and Car Shoe, reports CNN.

The decision is in collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance, which previously led a campaign pressuring Prada to forgo fur in 2018. Prada previously came under scrutiny for not adopting a fur-free policy sooner, but the luxury brand fought back by highlighting its "gradual and concrete reduction" of fur products.

Prada's decision puts it in a group of fashion houses such as Burberry, Armani, Versaci, Gucci, Chanel and Coach that have all decided to give up fur in their products, per CNN. Marianne Dodson

12:16 p.m.

So much for that surprise bipartisan infrastructure success in April.

Weeks after President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) cordially sat through a meeting and agreed that the government's new infrastructure package would require about $2 trillion in funding and investments, the president is putting the deal on hold. The trio met again on Wednesday, but Trump abruptly left the meeting, and as he passed reporters on the way out, told them that he would not negotiate with Democratic leadership until several House and Senate committees ceased investigating Trump and his administration.

Trump said he told Pelosi and Schumer he wanted to work with them on infrastructure, but not "under these circumstances." He then called an impromptu press conference, where he reiterated many of his opinions that he frequently shares on his Twitter account — namely that there was no collusion between Russia and his 2016 presidential campaign and that the Democratic-led investigations were part of a grand hoax. He said he respects the oversight role of Congress and the courts but claimed "what they've done is abuse." Tim O'Donnell

12:12 p.m.

Remember Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam?

The Democrat got into some major hot water back in February when a photo of two people, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe, was found on his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page. Yet Northam somehow slunk from the spotlight as EVMS conducted a probe into the picture. And more than three months later, investigators have decided not to decide whether Northam was in it.

A conservative publication posted Northam's 1984 yearbook page back in early February, and several sources confirmed it was real. Northam first said he was — and then said he wasn't — in the photo, so EVMS commissioned a report to determine the answer. Yet even after interviewing Northam and his former classmates, investigators "could not conclusively determine the identity of either individual depicted in the photograph," the report released Wednesday details.

Northam denied he was in the photo following its release, but said he had worn blackface on a separate occasion. He then resisted scathing calls for his resignation. That move would've left Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) in charge, but he was quickly accused of sexual assault by two women. Fairfax denied the allegations.

Find the whole EVMS report here. Kathryn Krawczyk

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