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1. Trump says he will probably explain the emergency if there is no agreement on the wall
Today, the government is closing down the longest in American history.
President Donald Trump still requires billions of dollars to build a wall along the southern border of the country, and he loses the opportunity to explain a national emergency to do so.
"I haven't done it yet," he told reporters on Thursday before going to McAllen, Texas, to travel around the border. "I can do it. If that doesn't work, I probably will. I would almost definitely say it."
ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman joins us from the border in Mission, Texas, and he tells us that the White House is already laying the groundwork for the military to build the wall.
If Trump explains a national emergency, he can face resistance from people in his own party, according to ABC News "Trish Turner:" Even Republicans agree that this is a very dicey way you go down if this is how You are trying to end a negotiation that does not go your way. "
2. Michael Cohen Witnessing Before Congress
Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, has agreed to testify on Capitol Hill and give what he calls a "complete and credible account of the events that have occurred".
A hearing is scheduled for February 7, and there will be limitations on the issues asked not to interfere with Cohen's co-operation with Specialist Robert Mueller, according to the Chairman of the Supervisory and Reform Committee Elijah Cummings.
Still, ABC News notes Political Director Rick Klein, Cohen's testimony can be "a very big thing".
"He's talked a lot," Klein says, "but he has never told his story during oath in front of the congress."
In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and two offenses to campaign funding legislation related to hush-money payments to two women who have claimed business with Trump.
Cohen is scheduled to report to prison in early March.
3. US fertility level hits 30 years low
A new study has shown that Americans do not have enough children to replace themselves.
According to a new National Vital Statistics Report, the country's fertility level, at a 30-year low, is 16 percent below the threshold required for rebuilding.
The University of New Hampshire professor Kenneth Johnson, who was not involved in producing the report, says prices vary by state and demographics.
This is not an excuse: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs up to actually false news.
"It is said in very bad taste, and we will not tolerate that kind of behavior": A high school colleague in Arizona is kicked after asking if a team player had "his green cards."
A probably fun thing they will never do again: A seven-day Caribbean cruise is short when nearly 300 people are infected with a norovirus, with a passenger telling ABC News: "At a cafe next door The guest service last night there was a child who vomited in the trash. "
Surf up: Hey, everyone, it's Friday, you did it through the week … so please enjoy this drone movie by a man surfing with dolphins.
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What the situation is like at the southern border now: When the government's shutdown reaches day 21, "Nightline" goes to the limit to see what President calls an immigration "crisis".
R. Kelly's lawyer speaks out as partners supporting his client: Kelly faces setbacks after a recent lifetime docuseries chronicized allegations of abuse against the singer – and stars like Lady Gaga are now repenting to work with him.
On this day in history:
jan. 11, 2018 – US President says he does not want the US to accept immigrants from "s — hole countries".
U.S. Customs and border protection members perform an "operational emergency" exercise at the San Ysidro port. (photo credit: Guillermo Arias / AFP / Getty Images)