Shut­down im­passe drags on

As gov­ern­ment shut­down en­ters record books for longevity, Pres­i­dent Trump threat­ens emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion to se­cure bor­der wall fund­ing

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jonathan Lemire , Lisa Mas­caro, Jill Colvin and Dar­lene Su­perville

of Con­gress had left town, no ne­go­ti­a­tions were sched­uled and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted into the void.

He did not tip his hand on whether he will move ahead with an emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion that could break the im­passe, free up money for his wall with­out con­gres­sional ap­proval and kick off le­gal chal­lenges and a po­lit­i­cal storm over the use of that ex­tra­or­di­nary step. A day ear­lier, he said he was not ready to do it “right now.”

Law­mak­ers are due back in Wash­ing­ton from their states

IM­PASSE >> PAGE 2

JAC­QUE­LYN MARTIN — AP PHOTO

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at­tends a roundtable dis­cus­sion on bor­der se­cu­rity with lo­cal lead­ers, Fri­day Jan. 11, 2019.

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