Afternoon Coffee: Shutdown Averted But Border Wall Issue Headed for Court; U.S.-China Trade Deal Inches Closer

Congress on Thursday approved funding to keep the government running but the legislation didn’t include money for a wall, leading to the president to declare an emergency and seek funding on his own from other budgets — a move that will be challenged in court, the Associated Press reports.

President Donald Trump was expected to sign the funding bill to avoid another government shutdown. On Friday he declared an emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border so he can seek funds on his own, mostly from the military budget and money meant to stop the flow of drugs into the country, AP reports.

“The move drew immediate bipartisan criticism,” the AP reports.

U.S.-China Trade Deal Taking Shape

Negotiators in U.S.-China trade talks report that they’re slowing moving toward a broad agreement, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Both sides plan more talks to sketch out a framework before the countries’ leaders meet to finalize a deal, the Journal reports.

According to China’s official Xinhua News Agency,

Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet with the negotiators Friday and encouraged them to continue talks, which he said have made “important, interim progress,” the Journal reports.

Why Amazon’s HQ2 Failed in N.Y.

A phone call between an Amazon exec and a New York state legislator didn’t go well lately, and it’s indicative of why Amazon decided this week to not build a satellite campus in New York City, the New York Times reports.

“For Amazon, long accustomed to highly deferential treatment from localities across the country, the phone call was a further indignity after weeks of relentless criticism from lawmakers, unions and progressive activists that the company feared was staining its reputation,” the Times reports.

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