Trump and Beto to face off, Denver teachers prepare to strike: 5 things to know Monday – USA TODAY
Trump, Beto to face off in dueling rallies near US-Mexico border
President Donald Trump andÂ Democratic wunderkind Beto O’Rourke are heading to El Paso, Texas on Monday. Trump, to rally for a border wall, and O’Rourke, to leadÂ a protest march.Â Perched on the U.S.-Mexico border, the city has become the focal point for the contentious issue of immigration and the president’s relentless push for a barrier.Â The Trump rally at theÂ El Paso County Coliseum will comeÂ only four days before the possibility of either another government shutdown or a declaration of a national emergency over what the president deems a national-security crisis at the border.Â O’Rourke plans to join a one-mile march past Trump’s rally on Monday and speak across the street from the president at about the same time Monday evening.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax could face articles of impeachmentÂ
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax appeared headed on a political collision course with state delegate Patrick Hope from his own party, who pledged to introduce articles of impeachment Monday if the 39-year-old DemocratÂ refused to resign.Â Â Fairfax was accused of sexual assault last week by Vanessa Tyson, a political science professor at Scripps College in California.Â Lawyers for Fairfax’s second accuser, Meredith Watson, released a statement saying Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000. Fairfax reaffirmed his innocenceÂ Saturday and his intention to remain in office.Â He called for âspace in this moment for due process” andÂ for an FBI investigation.Â
Virginia lawmaker Patrick Hope said late on Friday that he would introduce articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax on Monday “if he has not resigned before then.” (Feb. 9)
Thousands of Denver teachers prepare to strikeÂ
Thousands of teachers in Denver, ColoradoÂ are set to walk off the job Monday afterÂ failing to reach an agreement over salaries and bonuses â the latest inÂ a year of teacher strikesÂ across the nation.Â Though classrooms would be staffed by substitutes and administrators, the strike would significantly disrupt operations at the 207-school district.Â Early-childhood classrooms would be closed,Â leaving about 5,000 preschoolers at home.Â The union, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, represents about 5,635 educators.Â The two sides met Saturday but were unable to resolve their differences. The union left negotiations, declaring the strike would happen Monday.Â
Denver teachers are planning to strike this week for the first time in 25 years, following similar strikes in cities across the US.
Congressional lawmakers hope to reach a compromise on border security
Last week, President Donald Trump signaled optimism about the progress of congressional talksÂ on border security. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations CommitteeÂ and a member of theÂ conference committee negotiating a compromise on border security, told reporters that Trump seemedÂ open to signing a compromiseÂ on border security. Â The 17-member committee, which includes Democrats and Republicans from both the House and the Senate, is working to negotiateÂ an agreement and hoping to reach a deal by Monday.Â The committee has a Feb. 15 deadline to avert anotherÂ government shutdown. Â
Grammys 2019: Kacey Musgraves wins four awards, 21 Savage misses the show
Women ruled theÂ 61st annualÂ Grammy Awards on Sunday night, led by Kacey Musgraves’ four wins, including album of the year for “Golden Hour.” Dua Lipa took home best new artist and Childish Gambino won both song and record of the year for “This Is America.”Â Former first lady Michelle ObamaÂ even made a surprise appearanceÂ at the ceremony. OneÂ musician who was noticeably missing was rapper and nominee 21 Savage, who was arrested byÂ Immigration and Customs EnforcementÂ last week.Â TheÂ 26-year-old musician, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is being held without bail and faces federal deportation proceedingsÂ as a result ofÂ overstaying his U.S. visa as a youth.Â Abraham-Joseph’s attorneys are working to getÂ him released from custody.Â