Latest News Live Briefing: Senate Democrats Appear Set to Block Bill to Avert Government Shutdown 2018-01-19T16:34:29.000000000+00:00 The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to get an agreement on a spending bill. In Shift, Mayor Voices Openness to Congestion Pricing 2018-01-19T16:29:31.000000000+00:00 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that he saw improvements in a new proposal to charge vehicles to use Manhattan’s busiest streets. Baltimore Fires Another Police Commissioner, After Record High Murder Rate 2018-01-19T15:48:18.000000000+00:00 “I’m impatient,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said. The new commissioner announced plans to flood city streets with waves of officers. Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake 2018-01-19T15:43:02.000000000+00:00 Senate Democrats appear ready to block legislation to keep the government funded past midnight, gambling that President Trump will offer concessions in the face of a crisis. Trump’s Evolving Words on the Wall 2018-01-19T15:31:26.000000000+00:00 A review of President Trump's statements on Twitter, in campaign speeches and during interviews shows that the president’s views on the border wall have shifted repeatedly. Don’t Mind the Day Care Downstairs 2018-01-19T15:04:11.000000000+00:00 More than half of the day care centers in New York City are home-based, which means toddlers often get dropped off in residential buildings. California Today: California Today: 100 Million Dead Trees Prompt Fears of Giant Wildfires 2018-01-19T13:56:54.000000000+00:00 Friday: A new wildfire threat, the L.A. Times’s chief executive is accused of inappropriate behavior, the millionaire-exodus scenario and surfing as the official state sport. Critic’s Notebook: ‘Proud Mary’ has a ‘Proud Mary’ Problem 2018-01-19T13:44:40.000000000+00:00 Movies misuse music all the time. The Taraji P. Henson vehicle “Proud Mary” misuses it hilariously. A New Coalition With Merkel? Not So Fast 2018-01-19T12:02:27.000000000+00:00 The Social Democratic Party votes on Sunday on whether to pursue a new government. A refusal could send Germans back to the polls and usher in months more uncertainty. Government Shutdown, Amazon, ‘12 Strong’: Your Friday Briefing 2018-01-19T11:33:21.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know to start your day.