Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Pass Funding Measure

Updated at 6:49 a.m. ET The federal government is now in a partial shutdown after Congress failed to pass a stopgap measure to keep funding going ahead of a midnight deadline. It's an unprecedented situation given that shutdowns usually happen in times of divided government. But this is the first time it's happened with one party controlling both Congress and the White House. On Saturday morning, President Trump responded on Twitter, accusing Democrats of playing "Shutdown politics." Since...

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President Trump is denying reports, from NPR and other news outlets, that in a Thursday meeting at the White House he disparaged African nations as "shithole countries" and questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti.

Trump told lawmakers that the U.S. should instead seek out more immigrants from countries like Norway.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is the latest hopeful to join the crowded field of Democrats who want to challenge Gov. Walker this November. This brings the number to 17 Democrats who’ve either formally announced their bids or are considering a run.

As of Friday, January 12, here's who have formally announced their campaigns:

Dr. Miha Krofel

A bill making its way through committee would end the Wisconsin DNR’s monitoring of wolves. The legislation would also prohibit law enforcement officers from taking action if a wolf is poached or harmed by things like traps.

At a heated public hearing Wednesday before the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage, Senator Tom Tiffany (R) of Minocqua said the bill is designed to force Congress to remove wolves from the federal endangered species list.

Grasshopper Films

First produced a couple of years ago, Okwui Okpokwasili’s one-woman show Bronx Gothic is a take on "growing up as a brown girl in the Bronx." It takes on topics like identity, self esteem, sexual knowledge, and how it can be difficult for girls to navigate these milestones.

Her show was made into a documentary of the same name, which showed at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival.

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Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards last weekend spurred almost immediate speculation by many about whether the celebrity would make a strong presidential candidate. In the days since, political analysts and regular people alike have debated whether her political skills would differ greatly from our current president, who also came from well outside the political sphere.

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The Trump administration is encouraging states to require "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to keep their health insurance coverage.

On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued new guidelines for states that want some adults to work in exchange for the health insurance coverage.

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a book many of us studied in school. You probably learned that the play is a thinly veiled allegory, whose political animals and their actions closely resembled what led to the Russian Revolution and the beginnings of the totalitarian Soviet state.

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Lincoln Hills School has been plagued by allegations of abuse and mismanagement for years. The juvenile correctional facility located in Irma, Wisconsin has been the location of on-going investigations by state and federal agencies. 

The people in charge of the facility have been accused endangering the lives of the teens in their care. Now, Governor Walker has announced a plan to close Lincoln Hills School, and open five regional centers to handle juvenile offenders.

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Members of the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission will meet later this week to discuss the process of appointing an acting chief of police. That meeting comes a few days after current Police Chief Edward Flynn announced his retirement.

Flynn has been the chief of police for the past decade and will step down six weeks from now.

READ: Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn to Retire

Aisha Turner

Back when Adam Carr was a radio producer, he was a bit of a tumbleweed -- rolling into communities, telling stories, and leaving before he really had a chance to establish a connection.

Now, as a freelancer, he’s changed his approach.

“I’m kind of like a truck with a bed full of plants on it that drives around just digging up dirt,” he jokes.

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