The Senate has delayed a 1 a.m. vote to fund the government through Feb. 8 until noon Monday, extending the shutdown past the weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledged that legislation would be brought to the Senate floor on DACA, border security, and related issues if no deal was struck before Feb. 8. “The shutdown should stop today,” McConnell said on the floor. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), hearing McConnell’s reassurances, backed the continuing resolution on the floor as well. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, though, that “we have yet to reach an agreement.”
Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Israel late Sunday after tense meetings with the leaders of Jordan and Egypt, who publicly scolded him for President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jordan’s King Abdullah II gave Pence a “candid and frank” talk about the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, warning it would likely exacerbate “frustrations” in the region. “Jerusalem is [as] key to Muslims and Christians as it is to Jews,” he told Pence, who made no apologies for what he described as Trump’s “historic” policy change. The vice president had twice rescheduled his trip to the region after Trump’s announcement of the move sparked outrage. After his meeting with Jordan’s king, however, Pence appeared to downplay tensions, saying he and Abdullah had “agreed to disagree” on the issue, and “friends occasionally have disagreements.” Pence, who said there’d been a “disagreement between friends” after his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi a day earlier, is expected to get a warmer welcome from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pence is also due to speak to Israel’s parliament, though several Arab members have vowed to boycott in protest of Trump, who they say is a “racist political pyromaniac.”
Saudi authorities are on track to recover more than $100 billion from corruption suspects in a major crackdown involving dozens of princes and ministers, Bloomberg reports, citing a senior official. About 95 suspects remain at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, a glitzy hotel that has acted as a makeshift prison since early November for prominent Saudi royals, businessmen, and ministers detained on suspicion of corruption. The detentions were part of a purported anti-corruption sting ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who some believe is using the measures to consolidate control. An official cited by Bloomberg on Sunday said the government is hoping to conclude talks with suspects by the end of the month, while those who don’t reach deals for a settlement will be turned over to prosecutors. Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb said authorities have released and agreed to drop charges against about 90 suspects, according to the report.
The comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri claimed the top honor of the night at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, taking home the award for best ensemble in a motion picture. The film, about a strong-willed mother bent on getting justice after her daughter’s murder, was a fitting choice for a ceremony dominated by calls for female empowerment and support for the #MeToo movement. Frances McDormand won best actress for her role in the film, while Sam Rockwell was recognized as best supporting actor. The film beat out contenders like Lady Bird, The Big Sick, and Get Out for the honor, getting a major boost ahead of the Oscars. On the TV side, the drama This Is Us was named the best drama series ensemble. Emmy-winning Veep was awarded the best comedy series ensemble, while its lead, Julia Louise-Dreyfuss, won for her portrayal of Selina Meyer. Morgan Freeman also won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, leaving the crowd delighted as he joked that the trophies “only work from the back” because the front is too “gender specific.”
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The Philadelphia Eagles are going to Super Bowl LII after beating the Minnesota Vikings at the N.F.C. Championship game 37-8. The Eagles were able to maintain a steady lead throughout the first and second half, notably scoring two touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter. The team hasn't seen a Super Bowl since 2005, when they also played The New England Patriots. This years’ rematch is set to be on February 4th at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) targeted White House policy adviser Stephen Miller as an unproductive force in the immigration fight that has been at the center of the government shutdown debate. “As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere,” Graham said to reporters. Graham noted that President Trump’s “heart is right on this issue,” but said that Miller’s restrictive immigration views have “never been in the mainstream in the Senate” and has made him “an outlier for years.”
The New England Patriots are headed to Super Bowl LII after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in A.F.C. Championship game 24-20. Led by Quarterback Tom Brady, who suffered an injury to his throwing hand, the Patriots scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to erase the Jaguars’ 10-point lead. The Patriots will face the winner of the N.F.C. Championship--either the Minnesota Vikings or the Philadelphia Eagles--at the Super Bowl in early February. It will be Brady’s eighth Super Bowl in his 18-year career.
Renowned designer Hedi Slimane is taking over Céline, and will serve as its artistic, creative and image director. Slimane, 49, will be tasked with introducing a new men’s collection in addition to new fragrances. “He is one of the most talented designers of our time. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison,” said Bernard Arnault, the chief of LVMH. “He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French maison.” Slimane previously served as creative director of Dior Homme and Yves Saint Laurent.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle won at the box office this weekend, pulling in $20 million and beating 12 Strong and Den of Thieves, which earned $16.5 million and $15.3 million respectively. The Post came in fourth place with $12 million. Jumanji’s numbers over the past month have been impressive, making it Sony’s fifth highest grossing domestic film of all time. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan.