President Donald Trump says he is planning to deliver his State of the Union address next week in front of a joint session of Congress - despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request that he delay.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown - nearly 60 percent of its workforce - to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of partying on a beach in Puerto Rico - with lobbyists, no less - while he sat in the White House over the weekend ready to work out a deal to end the federal shutdown. It's not true.


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The majority leader of the state Senate says a Democratic state senator who was under investigation following allegations of improper conduct - the first test of the chamber's new workplace policies adopted in the wake of the #MeToo movement - has resigned.

NEW YORK (AP) - Television networks airing President Donald Trump's Oval Office speech on his proposed border wall and the partial government shutdown have also committed to airing the Democratic response to the president.

On Monday the White House said it would reverse previous policy and direct the IRS to pay out tax refunds during the partial government shutdown. The announcement came in a briefing from acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought.

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