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>> announcer: this is "new day" weekend with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> happy "new day" to you at 7:00 here. we are in day eight of the government shutdown and the number of federal agencies closed for business is growing this morning. >> funding ranout overnight for the environmental protection
agency and now more than 14,000 people from that department join the hundreds of thousands of government employees who have been furloughed. meanwhile president trump and congress are no closer to reaching a deal. the president's response a torrent of tweets threatening to shut down the southern border if funding for a wall is not approved. let's bring in boris sanchez. who is the president negotiating with? >> reporter: that's a good question. it's not clear that either side is really talking to each other right now. yesterday you had the incoming acting chief of choice, mick mulvaney here on the north lawn of the white house telling reporters that talks had broken down so it's not clear that republicans are speaking to democrats about a deal right now. we should point out the president last night left the white house to have dinner at the vice president's residence.
he was joined by mike pence, jared kushner, and mick mulvaney as well. likely the shutdown the topic of conversation there. but it's unclear exactly what may come of that meeting. where things stand right now, it's simple. republicans believe mick mulvaney, the president included, that all the cards are in nancy pelosi's hands. they believe the democrats are not willing to deal until she is sworn in as speaker of the house. cnn had previously reported she had the votes to become speaker, this is well before the government was shutdown. but the belief expressed by mick mulvaney yesterday was she wasn't confident she had the votes so it was in her advantage for the government to shut down to secure the speakership. democrats said as soon as they take power they'll vote on one of three measures to reopen the government, none of them include funding for the border wall. so there's that sticking point and worry none of them will make it past the senate. there are a lot of government
workers that are furloughed and not likely to be paid into the new year. and the longer this goes on, more agencies will shutdown or suffer. here's a glimpse at what will happen. all smithsonians and zoos will shut down on january 2nd. after the 2nd, the federal communications commission will have to stop taking complaint. and the trade commission is having to suspend the investigation into facebook and other social media company's inappropriate use of private users' data. so the longer this goes onning, the more we'll feel the effects of it. and we'll ultimately find out if they're willing to make a deal. >> what is now becoming a protracted shutdown is having real consequences for the hundreds of thousands of government employees who find
themselves without steady, reliable income. >> overnight, as we said, the environmental protection agency joined that list of government departments who shuttered due to lack of funds. now there's 14,000 epa employees who are less than a week from having to pay mortgage, rent or utility bills with no money coming in. >> i have two mortgages to pay. so i haven't even looked at how my checking account is going to balance out. i don't have children. for people with kids in school, extracurricular activities, putting food on the table for the kids, those are things that make it more disgusting what's happening with the federal government right now. >> so how do republicans and democrats get through this impasse? we're going to bring in political commentator and anchor of spectrum news errol luis and kelly lawrence. thank you for being with us this morning. let's listen together here to
representative denny hoyer. he was asked -- he said listen democrats are prepared to vote. they're prepared to vote on the bill -- on any bill, you know, that comes to them that has gone through and passed the senate committee. then he said this about president trump refusing to accept any legislation that does not embrace funding the wall. let's listen. >> that's not compromise. that's not working together to accomplish an objective. and frankly, he made a promise that was ill informed an ill advised promise. he said the mexican people were going to pay for it. that was babaloney, he should he known it was baloney. is there a political price to pay the longer it goes on? because it looks as if there is no negotiation going on. >> that's right. there is a lot of baloney that was talked about. the notion that the mexican government was going to pay for
this was always a nonstarter. there is a political cost to be paid because there are lots of public employees who are not going to look kindly at the republicans or the democrats, the president or congress, if they continue to experience hardship. we should be clear, there's some give here, a little bit of room. i just recently heard from somebody, a federal worker, that said until the end of january it's not going to get super critical for most people if they have any kind of resources just because they just got a paycheck. so if you miss two paychecks you're really in bad shape. for others it might be an inconvenience, but the politics of the situation are not going to get more favorable over the next few days as the congress sits and is sworn in. the democrats are not going to make life any easier for the president. he's in a difficult position. >> can't the republican senator pat roberts said we on the
republican side don't want to vote for a bill the president won't side. essentially he's laying it on the democrats and their leaders to come up with a bill the president can stomach? is he trying to say here the republicans' hands are tied? >> i think everybody feels like their hands are tied but nobody comes out looking great here. you have nancy pelosi right now vacationing in hawaii when we're hearing stories about federal workers worrying about how to pay their bills. but let's face it, the democrats have the upper hand here, donald trump said publically in his famous meeting, i would be proud to shut down the government for the border wall. so it's very hard for president trump now to paint this as a democrats' problem. i have to say, with the small bit of negotiation we've had, the white house keeps coming down, originally they demanded
5.7 billion for a border wall. i heard mike pence in the latest negotiation, which was a few days ago, said -- >> 2.5. >> 2.5 billion, exactly. and the democrats are saying no. i think they think they can do better. let's face it, the senate voted n unanimously right before the shutdown for a bill that would fund the government through february 8th with no wall at all. once that happened, donald trump's conservative base was very jupset and you had prominet conservatives saying this was outrageous. and donald trump immediately backtracked. because of that, republicans voted for a bill once a week ago without funding for a border wall, democrats think why won't they do it again? >> it's reported the president is staying in washington, he cancelled his trip to mara lar go because of what's happening.
should others have stayed as well? >> i don't know if they had the votes to do that. paul ryan could have tried to round up members of his caucus but the 115th congress was over. he wasn't going to be able to force his members, many of whom lost their races, it's one thing to ask a lame duck to go to the wall for you literally and politically, but once they lost their job, it's no point in coming back. he didn't have the votes, they weren't able to do much, there's no negotiation worth having and the democrats didn't have to come back either. they had no reason to. this is a question for the 116th congress. the republicans had full control and it's going to make it much harder for the president because democrats will turn around and say, you had full control of the government and you shut it down. and so, it's not -- again, it's not going to get easier. it's going to get a little bit
harder. >> i want to read something from "the washington post" this morning talking about a change, the trump administration is planning to start requiring migrants stay in mexico while their cases crawl through the u.s. system, the courts, and that's something that could take months and it puts the onus on mexico to hold onto the migrants until their case is solidified. it's been called a disaster. people in mexico saying there's no programming, funding, people said tijuana is going to be a waiting room. do you expect any challenges, they argued the policy will reduce the number of migrants trying to game the system. is there a concern that situations like this, that are under the radar right now could go through? that there could be movement there because everybody is so
distracted with what's happening right now with the shutdown? >> that's a great question. hopefully, you know, your reporting and mentioning it like this will keep it in people's minds. i can't understand this administration. there are some arguments to be made for changing that policy. and, of course, kristen kneel zen is not making them. she is making an offensive argument that all asylum seekers are playing the system. i heard they might get more asylum cases decided and through because if they keep the people in mexico they can go through the cases more quickly and they'll be able to not cap them. right now it's capped because they can only deal with so many a day with the people there. but again this administration isn't making those sensible arguments. they want to focus instead on heated rhetoric that might appeal to some people in this polarized country but not others. you have the president talking
about shutting down the border, why do we need a wall then? i thought they were coming illegally. shutting down the border is shutting down the legal crossing. you have so many confusing things coming out of this administration. i hope despite the shutdown that some of the issues will be taken seriously and lawmakers will soon return to washington and if not open the government at least open their minds to solving some of these problems. >> next week they will be back at it with a democratic house. we'll see what happens from that point on. always appreciate both of your insights. thank you. >> thanks. several people have been arrested in the death of a california police officer. we'll tell you why police say more arrests could be coming.
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but corporal ronil singh was killed the day after christmas during a traffic stop in newman, california. >> police arrested the suspect about 200 miles from the crime scene. they say he came to the u.s. illegally and may have been trying to go back to mexico. this alleged killeder and seven others have been arrested, including his girlfriend and brothers. sarah side ferhas more. >> reporter: the han hunt is over for the suspect in a police officer's killing. now we're hearing from his devastated family. less than 48 hours after losing his brother, his hero, his friend, reggie singh stepped to the mic. he just learned his brother's suspected killer had been caught. >> he's not coming back, but there's a lot of people out there that misses him.
and a lot of law enforcement people that i don't know worked days and nights to make this happen. >> reporter: ronil singh came to this country as an immigrant from fiji. he was living his version of the american dream. he wanted to become a police officer and he did just that. he dreamt of a family. five months ago he and his wife welcomed their son into the world. but at 1:00 in the morning the day after christmas, singh's dream bankruptabruptly ended. >> i did not know christmas morning at 4:00 in the morning when i said good-bye to him and sent him off to his family that it would be the last time that i saw him. >> reporter: police say singh was killed by gustavo perez arriaga, who unlike singh, had come into the country illegally. deputies caught up with arriaga at a home near bakersfield, california after a massive man hunt. >> this criminal, mr. arriaga, crossed our border illegally
into arizona some time ago. he is a criminal. he has two prior arrests for dui. >> reporter: several people were arrested, including arriaga's brother and a coworker who were accused of lying to authorities impeding the ability to find him faster. the sheriff could not contain his outrage over california's so-called sanctuary law. >> under sb-54 in california, based on two arrests for dui and some other active warrants this criminal has out there, law enforcement would have been prevented, prohibited, from sharing any information with i.c.e. about this criminal gang member. >> reporter: some law enforcement officials completely disagree saying the law actually encourages people to come forward who would otherwise avoid helping law enforcement because of their citizenship status. but the sheriff's sentiment has been embraced by others, including the man with the
largest megaphone. president trump tweeted about the case using it in his battle to build a border wall to keep illegal immigrants out. no matter who wins the political battle, there is little that can ease the pain of the singh family. their one small so las, singh's k-9 partner sam will become the family pet. the political director is retiring the dog because as the chief put it the singh family shouldn't have to lose another family member. police have arrested about six people in connection with this case and they say there may be more arrests to come. president trump's trouble with the truth. "the washington post" has published its latest tally of his false or misleading claims now for the first 700 days. we'll show you what the latest bunk claims look like.
give up the big pay raise you just got? you haven't gotten one in more than ten years. more than ten years. we got you a big one. i got you a big one. plenty of people that came up said we can make its smaller. we can make it 3%, 2%, 4%. i said, no, make it 10%. make it more than 10%. >> that was president trump having more trouble with the truth this week. here are the facts. troops have been given a raise every year for more than three decades. the raises for 2018 and 2019 did not even come close to 10%. they're 2.4 and 2.6% respectively. it's day eight of the partial
government shutdown over the president's demand for $5 billion to pay for a portion of his border wall and roughly 800,000 workers have been furloughed or expected to work without pay. and mr. trump made the baseless claim this week that most of the people not getting paid are democrats. the president has made thousands of false claims in the last several months, the count, 7,546 false or misleading claims in the first 700 days of his administration. when we started reporting for that tally, i searched for a way to make something to make a false statement tangible. i used a version of a party game i didn't like as a kid but it works like this. guessing the number of gum balls in a jar. ever since we have used gum balls in jars to show you the thousands of misleading claims.
here's a look at those claims now, 7,546 gum balls. we're filling our 14th jar in fewer than two years on the job. for some context after the first count in january, the president was averaging roughly five false claims per day. by the post's counts, he's now doubled that. >> joining me now, joseph po relly, u.re relly, and dave painter. joseph, i want to start with you. i understand you support the president's policies, you support his judicial appointments, his performance with the economy thus far. but are you not alarmed by the sheer number and -- of provable false claims the president makes? >> no, i'm not alarmed. this was a guy speaking in high peer bow lee throughout the
campaign. i don't seem to recall -- i love your gum ball idea, i think it's creative. i don't recall a similar game when president obama was president. i think the media cannot be reported to a holier than thousand standard. >> holier than thou? >> yes. >> let me pause. with this week's example, he's standing in front of men and women putting their lives on the line to protect all americans -- >> sure. >> let me finish that was a comma. he also sood there and said this was the first they'd gotten a raise, which was not true, he was not telling the truth about how much the raise was, we're now at 7,500 of these. part of the reason you didn't see this kind of display and tally is because there weren't so many a day.
>> i'm glad president obama's statements like manufacturing jobs didn't come through. maybe he meant the first in ten years, he meant 2.6 multiplied by his four year term -- >> all of that would be wrong. >> what i meant about holier than thou media coverage, we saw from the same trip the media speak in incredible terms that the troops were violating rules that trump had given, all that wasn't true. yet newspaper outlets ran stories cover to cover saying it was. >> richard let me come to you. i hesitate to use the word lie because it's not clear -- first it's clear what the president said was just false. it's not clear whether he's intentionally telling these bold-faced provable lies or he has no idea what he's talking about. >> he's been lying his entire life, everybody in new york knows that.
ever since he was a kid. and then he goes off and dodges the draft with a foot doctor who lies to get him out of the draft. and then we have the casino in new jersey, $900 million worth, that's why nobody in new york will loan him money and he needs to go abroad to borrow his money. the bottom line is he's been lying for decades but it's about to be over because robert mueller is closing in. we have the national security advisor, the campaign manager, the lawyer all headed off to prison. felony convictions. and we're going to have a report from the special counsel coming in to congress sometime probably in the next few months. he can try to shut down the government over a border wall that nobody wants. he can continue to throw his fits, continue to lie, but he's not going to get away with it. let's stop talking about
president obama all the time. i'll compare him to president bush, my former boss who i think was a good president -- >> don't compare him to president obama -- >> don't interrupt him, he didn't interrupt you. go ahead, richard. >> i am telling you president trump is a liar. compare him to president bush, yes, there were things that bush and obama, clinton said that turned out not to be true, but donald trump has lied every day repeatedly, he's lied for his entire life since he dodged the draft in vietnam. robert mueller went to vietnam. he had a knee injury and he went and got it fixed. and we have a president who's a draft dodger and a liar. joseph, let me come to you,
most of the workers who are furloughed or working without pay right now, president trump says are democrats. what backs that claim? >> even if -- >> finish that, then i have a follow-up. >> i don't know where he got the information from. i don't know if that's true or not. i imagine giving the demographic of registration data of washington d.c. and the surrounding counties. >> but the vast majority of federal workers do not live in the d.c. metropolitan area. >> fair enough. i'm not going to come out with a fact i can't prove myself. >> you just tried to support it. why would it be relevant if it were true? why would it matter the political affiliation of the people not being paid? >> i hope that democrats would call their leadership, chuck schumer and nancy pelosi who's now on vacation in hawaii, have them come to the negotiation
table and accept some of the compromises that president trump has offered on the border wall. >> there is this finding on coal power plants that could lead to more toxins in the air. the new rules would change the way the epa determines the benefits of limiting some emissions that could make it more difficult to create new regulations, essentially the epa says the formula from the obama administration is too costly. activists say the change that was first reported by the "new york times" could do harm to public safety and many point out the acting director andrew wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist. is it as simple as that or is that -- let me ask, is that a relevant element here in the criticism of this new change? >> of course it is. we have people coming from industry and the government
lobbyists running agencies. this is a problem we had with previous agencies, the clinton, bush and obama agencies, people coming in from wall street trying to regulate wall street, but it is accelerated in the trump administration. plus you have a white house that has zero interest in inforcing the environmental laws. i wouldn't refer to conservationists as activists. i think there are people who believe in conserving our environment and protecting what god created for us. and what this epa is doing, rolling back all the regulations, is pathetic. of course, it's, in large part, because we got coal running the epa. >> this element of wheeler being a former coal lobbyist, how does it respond to the ethics
committee the president signed his first ten days in office. >> richard made another falsehood that we're repealing all of obama's environmental regulations. we kept in place the smog act. we can't talk about the issues without acknowledging that in 2015 the obama administration was sued by 29 states on the air act that we're talking about and they lost the case because they didn't consider the cost of that bill as required by section 112 of the clean air act. this is why we are in this place in the first place -- >> joseph, let me get one more time here. the question i asked how does the appointment of a former coal lobbyist as a acting epa administration live up to the letter and spirit of the executive order for ethics commitment this president signed? >> i don't like to see lobbyists coming in and out of the door as much as richard that pointed out this was done by the obama
administration and bush administration and going back to the time lobbying started. i would rather it be someone new and fresh. i don't want it to stand that we're saying president trump is repealing every thing the obama administration did vis-a-vis the environment. especially when this act was the costliest act in history of compliance. >> we'll talk more about this change a little later in the morning. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. it is a massive storm hitting the midwest with blizzard conditions. and heavy rain in the south. we are following it in in the weather center. >> we've had a foot of rain fall in the southeast, and more is on the way. we'll detail that time line coming up. ♪
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on a volcano because it's still erupting. almost a week after it triggered the tsunami that killed 400 people. in the past few days officials have evacuated thousands from nearby islands. >> look at the satellite images showing how busy the volcano has been. it's erupted so much over the past week it's dramatically decreased in size, do you notice that? experts say it's lost more than 200 meters of height and up to 180 meters in volume. six people have been killed after a massive winter storm here, the dakotas, minnesota got about a foot of snow yesterday, parts of the southeast a foot of rain. >> allison chinchar joins us from the weather center. the rain has been going on so long, how much longer is it going to last? >> at least until the end of the year. we look at where it's been. the one good news is for areas
you'll see a temporary relief of rain. it won't last long but you'll get some dry hours. the southeast is an entirely different story. you have more rain expected today, tomorrow, and even into monday. the main concern across the southeast is you have areas that have picked up over a foot of rain, adding an additional one to two inches is enough to exacerbate more flooding across the area in the next few days. >> as we inch towards 2019, we're a couple days away, it seemed to 19 was quiet when it comes to tornados. we didn't have a lot of talk about that, did we? >> no. really for tornados this was a quiet year. the good news is we are likely going to stay that way the rest of the year. here's a look at the forecast for today, we expect rain, thunderstorms across the southeast today as well as tomorrow. but really in terms of the rest
of the year, monday is it. this red area you see here, this is the only area we expect severe weather on monday. and even with that said, it's likely going to be damaging winds. we're not expecting a tornado outbreak. because of that we expect to keep our tornado numbers where they are. when you look at this map, this is all the tornado reports so far this year. the number may seem high in some of the states but for the year we're actually below average. the number of ef 4 and 5 tornados, what we deem violent, we have zero this year. we average about seven every year, this is fantastic. because we haven't had the violent tornados we have had only ten deaths. one thing to note, yes, those ten deaths were horrific for what took place, but this is actually a record low number. we have never had a year in the
history of recordkeeping we had this few of tornado fatalities. official records go back to 1950, but unofficial records go back to 1870. and since then we have not had a year with this few of tornado fatalities, which is the best news, quite possibly, i've been able to give you all yearlong. >> we will take whatever that might be. so thank you, allison, appreciate it. from good news to pretty bad news, a nightmare month for people with a 401(k). the market's record making bad december. and if the stock market slide will stop in 2019. we'll talk about that next.
december since the great depression. despite a record day after christmas, it's been bleak, u.s. stocks. >> there's only one more trading day in the session, or trading session in this year to turn everything out. we have more from the new york stock exchange. allison, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, victor and christi. the dows attempt to close higher for the third day in a row lost steam. it comes after a week of huge swings in both directions that send investors' heads spinning. they had their worst ever christmas eve on monday with a develop of 650 points only to post the best every one day point game of 1,086 the day after christmas. stocks made a big come back at the close to finish in positive territory. but the stock market will end lower likely and is on track for the worst december since 1931.
stocks often rally in december but this isn't a typical december. wall street wants certainty and there are still a ton of questions about global growth, trade tensions, and political uncertainty. still the fundamentals of the economy are strong. there is one more trading day left in 2018 and as investors get ready to close the books on 2018, volatility is expected to continue in the new year as investors stay on edge about economic and political uncertainty. back to you. >> allison, thank you so much. joining us congressional reporter for bloomberg, eric lawson. good morning to you, eric. >> good morning. >> before we get to the money aspect of this, particularly and specif specifically on wall street, i want to ask about the human element, it's about people. you wrote a great piece in bloomberg, about how there are members of the treasury
department who are giving christmas gifts back to make sure they can pay their rent. do we know how widespread that is at the moment? >> most workers received their december 28th paycheck. we learned late friday night that the coast guard which was talking about missing a check on monday was able to find money to pay the service members. however the next big paycheck, january 11th, it looks like workers in nine departments and dozens of agencies will miss that. that could create a deadline for congress to act. people think federal workers are well off, on average they do make more, but that includes a lot of doctors. there are a lot of people who are low wage service workers, especially contractors in these federal agencies living paycheck to paycheck and we're seeing uncertainly going into the new year. >> speaking of uncertainty, do you see instability on wall street because of what we see in the shutdown? >> yes, it's having an effect
adding to the uncertainty. the big drop on christmas eve had to do with donald trump talking about firing powell, that was in tweets, secretary mnuchin went to the backs to talk to them, there's a lot of uncertainty going on. the fact that congress cannot keep the government open, despite disagreeing about $1 billion in a budget. it has them worried about they won't be able to agree on trade, settle on a new nafta, and settle on disagreements with china. that's what they're after. >> how long can this go on before we see effects of it as a whole, collectively? >> the remedy in congress probably involves something which democrats agree to pay for
some sort offense and trump calls it a wall. he's tweeted out a picture of a spiked structure that could resemble a fence. the administration has come down from 5.7 billion to 2.5, perhaps once the democratic congress comes on board, nancy pelosi will be willing to make that deal. the other way it can be solved is an immigration deal that protects young imgrants from deportati deportation. those things could come together but the pressure could ratchet up as the weeks and months go on. a lot of people say they can miss one paycheck, they have a reserve fund but two paychecks they're unable to pay rent and this is 800,000 federal workers. >> when you hear people say i'm giving christmas gifts back to make sure to pay rent, this is a tough play to be in. thank you very being here. >> thank you for having me. tiger back on top, serena on
top and women came forward to confront their abuser. march madness had its usual drama but it was a 98-year-old none, sister g became the star as the 11th seeded ramblers shocked everyone by making it to the final four. >> you're a celebrity. >> i know. that's what they tell me. >> reporter: the ramblers would fall short as villanueva claim canned their second title in three years. the las vegas gold knights becoming the first expansion team in any of the major four sports leagues to win their division in their first year. make thing finals before losing the washington capitols in five games. >> the stanley cup champions, yeah.
>> reporter: this is the first title after years of disappointing seasons and for alex ovechkin finally got to hold the can cup. and dominated by an underdog and their back-up qb. nick foles against tom brady and the mighty patriots. they would win and foles named the game's mvp. in 2018 tiger woods finally clime c climbed on top of the golf world. in an incredible scene thousands of fans chasing tiger up the final thoefl tournament for it the first time in five years, tiger had won a pga evept. >> this is my 80th win and all that i've gone tootoo get to this point is pretty special.
>> the winter olympics in pyeongchang saw north and south korea march together under a unified flag for the first time in 2006. they had a joint women's hockey team. >> boy, what a night it was. >> epic dramatic finish as women capture olympic gold for the first time. >> brings tears to my eyes. it's been an incredible last 24 hours. >> the world cup is officially off and running in moscow. >> the sports biggest spectacle more than lived up to the hype with close games from start to finish. >> it is absolute pandemonium in paris. >> it's been a very rainy end to it. >> reporter: at number three
athletes using their voice. in august the nfl season once again started with president trump attacking players that kneeled during the national anthem and colin kaepernick remained out of football but did pick opnew sponsorship deal with nike. >> so don't ask if your dreams are craze ea, ask if you're crazy enough. >> lebron james was told to quote shut up and dribble by a fox news host. >> we will definitely not shut up and dribble. to so many kids who feel they don't have a way out. >> reporter: lebron announced he was taking his talents to ha hollywood to the lakers. >> i said if i ever had the means, became successful i want to be able to give back. >> reporter: lebron opening an
elementary school for at-risk youth. serena williams made hur return to grand slam tennis. controversially controversi controversial unseated after her maternity leave. in her match turned into one of the most controversial in tennis history. >> you stole a point from me. you're a thief too. >> penalizing serena for receiving signals from heir coach, breaking her racket. it cost her a full game where she was argued she was being treated more harshly than male players. and the bravery of hundreds of women who confronted their sexual abuser, gymnastics dr. larry nassar. >> michigan state university is
being havinged by the attorney general's office. >> larry nassar will likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars. >> reporter: they gave impact statements and in june many of those women took the stage as they were honored with the arthur ash courage award. >> it's just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you on this stage would have never met him. >> sports in 2018 will be remembered for empowerment and purse veersance. inspiring women are making their voices heard, building a foundation for years to come. and don't miss cnn's special coverage new year's eve. anderson coop canner, andy cohen
starting at 8:00 p.m. you never know what's going to happen. ♪ this is "new day weekend" with victor blackwell and christie ford. >> good saturday to you. overnight epa became the latest government department to shutdown. telling its 14,000 employees to shut down. >> it stayed open the first week of the government shut down, but overnight the money ran out and over 800,000 government employeest out of work or reporting to work with no promise of a paycheck. on twitter the president blamed democrats for the shutdown which