Week in Politics: What to watch for as Senate votes to end shutdown, what Mike Pence is doing in Israel and more

Jan 22, 2018


A notice alerting visitors that the building is closed is seen outside of the National Archives on the first full week of the government shutdown in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018.; Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images


AirTalk political analysts Lanhee Chen of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro of USC discuss the latest national political news, including:

  • The latest as the Senate passes a spending bill to end the government shutdown that started Friday night
  • Mike Pence’s trip to Israel, including his announcement that the new U.S. Embassy will open in Jerusalem by the end of 2019
  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider a challenge to Trump’s latest travel ban
  • Steve Bannon’s upcoming meeting with Mueller investigators
  • How the Russia probe could be affected by new text messages from the FBI official removed from Mueller’s team, which were delivered to Congress Friday night
  • A recap of Saturday’s Women’s March, which largely focused on getting out the vote


Lorraine Woellert, White House reporter at POLITICO covering financial services; she tweets @Woellert

Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen

Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro, professor of political science and chair of gender studies at USC; she tweets @AngeMarieH

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