ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS
Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president.
The California Democrat tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she’s entering the increasingly crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. If successful, she’d be the country’s second African-American president and the first woman to hold the office.
Harris is a daughter of immigrant parents who grew up in Oakland, California. She’s portraying herself in a campaign video as a fighter for justice, decency and equality — values she says are “all on the line.”
Harris is a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees. She’s 54.
She launches her bid as the nation observes what would have been the 90th birthday of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
ELECTION 2020-DEMS MLK DAY RDP
King holiday draws out Democratic presidential hopefuls
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to the nation, Democratic presidential hopefuls are fanning out across the country to honor the civil rights leader.
Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California used the holiday to announce she’s running for president.
Two other senators expected to seek the White House, New Jersey’s Cory Booker and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, are attending a rally observing King’s birthday in Columbia, South Carolina.
In Washington, former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are set to speak at a King holiday event. Both are weighing presidential bids.
Two Democrats who have already taken a first step toward a presidential campaign, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, are appearing at King-centered events.
Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — A weekend offer that President Donald Trump says is a compromise with Democrats doesn’t appear to be on track to ending the partial government shutdown, now in Day 31.
Democrats haven’t changed their initial reaction to the offer, which was an outright rejection. Democratic Sen. Mark Warner says negotiations should start with reopening the government.
Trump offered on Saturday to temporarily extend protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for $5.7 billion for his border wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down the offer. In response, Trump tweeted Sunday that Pelosi is a “radical” and acting “irrationally.”
Some conservatives aren’t happy with Trump’s proposal either, likening it to “amnesty.” Trump denies that’s the case, noting the protections are temporary.
VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Venezuela court annuls challenge to Maduro
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s supreme court says it’s throwing out recent congressional measures that found Nicolas Maduro’s presidency illegitimate — with the pro-government justices ruling that leadership of the opposition-dominated congress itself is invalid.
The high court magistrates say in a statement issued Monday that Venezuela’s chief prosecutor should determine whether to bring criminal charges against congressional leaders.
Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido was sworn in as the National Assembly’s president on Jan. 5 and immediately preceded to oversee legislation accusing Maduro of usurping power and calling on countries from around the world to freeze his government’s assets.
Maduro was sworn in for a second, six-year term on Jan. 10 despite widespread condemnation that he was taking Venezuela down the path of dictatorship after his main opponents were banned from running in last year’s vote.
The Latest: Israeli PM says Iranian sites in Syria ‘pounded’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says the country’s military “pounded” Iranian targets in Syria in response to a missile launch against Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel won’t “allow such acts of aggression to go unanswered.” He spoke at a dedicating ceremony for a new Israel airport.
Netanyahu vowed that “whoever tries to harm us, we will harm them. Whoever threatens to destroy us, will bear the full responsibility.”
It was Netanyahu’s first acknowledgement of Israel’s most severe strike in Syria in nearly a year. The Israeli military says the Iranian targets that its jets struck in Syria included munition storage facilities, an intelligence site and a military training camp.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 11 were killed in the strikes.
The Latest: EU slaps sanctions on more Syrian businessmen
BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union is adding 11 businessmen and five companies to its list of Syrians under sanctions for backing President Bashar Assad’s government.
EU foreign ministers imposed travel bans and asset freezes on them, saying they “are involved in luxury estate development and other regime-backed projects, and as such support and/or benefit from the Syrian regime.”
Monday’s move in Brussels means the EU sanctions list now includes 270 people and 72 “entities,” which are usually companies, organizations or agencies.
The EU began imposing sanctions on Assad and his supporters in 2011. They are reviewed every year.
The measures include an oil embargo, investment restrictions, a freeze on Syrian central bank assets held in the EU, and export bans on equipment that could be used to crack down on civilians.
The Latest: Brexit: EU official welcomes scrapping of fee
LONDON (AP) — The European Parliament’s chief Brexit official has welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to scrap the 65 pound ($84) fee that the EU citizens living in Britain would have to pay to get settled status after Brexit.
Guy Verhofstadt, the head of the EU Parliament Brexit steering group, said it had been a “key demand” for the EU legislature all along.
He said he hoped the speech of May would now set off “cross-party cooperation.” He expressed hope “consultations will really start now, leading to the closest possible EU-U.K. future relationship.”
WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Winter storm death toll rises to 5
Officials say at least five people have died following the vicious winter storm that ravaged the eastern U.S. over the weekend.
At least four people were killed Sunday due to the storm including a 12-year-old girl in suburban Chicago who died after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church. A utility worker in Connecticut was fatally struck by a falling tree as he was repairing a power line.
And in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says a 59-year-old man and a 91-year-old man collapsed and died Sunday in two separate incidents after removing snow.
A snowplow driver in Kansas was killed Saturday when the plow he was driving rolled over on a highway.
The Latest: 12 killed in Taliban attack in east Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban attack on a military base and police training center in the country’s east has killed at least 12 people, mostly military personnel, and wounded over 30.
Salem Asgherkhail, head of the area’s public health department, says some of the wounded have been taken to the provincial hospitals while the more serious cases have been sent to the capital, Kabul, for treatment.
He was not able to provide a casualty breakdown or say how many of the wounded were transferred to Kabul following the coordinated Taliban attack on Monday morning on a military base and a training center in eastern Maidan Wardak province.
SUPER BOWL PREVIEW
Super Bowl: Pats vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future
It’s never been so clear: This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Rams is a showdown between the NFL’s past and its future.
Led by 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams and their 21st-century offense will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady and the Patriots, who are in search of a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title.
At 32, Sean McVay of the Rams (15-3) will be the youngest Super Bowl coach. He’ll be going against 66-year-old Bill Belichick, who is taking the Patriots (13-5) to their third straight title game, fourth in the last five years and ninth since 2002.
That streak started against who else? The Rams.
Back then, though, they were in St. Louis. New England came in as a two-touchdown underdog and won 20-17.
The Rams open as a 1-point pick in this one, set for Feb. 3 in Atlanta.