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"Under a partial shutdown. She called on members to respect each other and the truth in dealing with one another Don gonyea, NPR news, Washington. Members of the US. Congress are a largely religious group, or at least claimed to have a faith NPR's. Tom gjelten says about nine and ten say they're Christian with Catholics the most popular denomination. Among the members the religious profile of congress comes from the Pew Research Center based on how members describe themselves across congress, just one member democratic Senator Kirsten cinema Zona reports having no particular faith, among all US adults one in force has that one explanation for that disconnect. Maybe that candidates think voters won't approve of someone who's unchurched. So they're reluctant to describe themselves that way, no matter their actual beliefs. Thirty percent of members say their Catholic of the Protestant members Baptists have. The largest share more than six percent identifies. Jewish three times the share of Jews in the US adult population. Tom Chilton NPR news, Washington, Mexico's foreign affairs ministry says it's calling on the US government through its embassy to investigate a January first incident in which US agents fired tear gas into Mexico agents said they were attempting to disperse a group of rock throwers in the first hours of new year about one hundred and fifty migrants attempted to breach a border fence in Tijuana was financial markets plunged again in the second trading day of the new year all three of the major US stock market indices closing down more than two percent stock market jitters were prompted by Apple's warning showdown in China admitted escalating trade war between the US and China. Arthur Dong is a professor of strategy and economics at Georgetown's McDonough school of business overall, the United States economies far less dependent on exports. We are very heavily diversified service based economy, and so on that respect the United States. You know, is is I think sitting. In a in a better position overall. But it certainly will be some some repercussions felt apple stock dropped almost ten percent today racing more than seventy four billion dollars in market valuation. The Dow was down six hundred and sixty points. This is NPR and you're listening to WNYC. I'm Jamie Floyd. A federal judge is blocking implementation of a New York City law that would have regulated Airbnb home hotel business. The law would require Airbnb and other short term rental platforms to divulge the names of hosts and addresses of rentals. But the court said the amount of information amounts to unreasonable search and seizure. The law was to go into effect early next month will now be put on hold while the lawsuit moves forward, mayor de Blasio had championed the law saying it would it make sure the city's precious housing supply could be devoted to New Yorkers rather than tourists. A special election for New York City. Public advocate is set for February twenty six it's the first citywide especially election since nineteen fifty and WNYC's bridge Bergen reports the rules are unique for this race. You won't see anyone running as a democrat or Republican to actually appear on the ballot candidates must create their own party name. And collect nearly four thousand signatures from registered voters. And there's another quirk, Melissa Mark Viverito. Former city council speaker running on the fixed the MTA party line explains. The other interesting thing is that unlike a primary here whoever files I their petitions is first on the ballot Merck. Marito is vying for that top spot. Among nearly two dozen declared candidates turning in her petitions just one day after candidates were allowed to start collecting them. New Jersey is one of the state's least affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government. That's according to a new study, which says the Garden State will be hard hit by delays in process. Messing federally financed mortgages, but less so in other categories, New Jersey ranked forty four th out of fifty states and the district of Columbia the study by the financial website, wallet hub, ranks state based on the number of federal jobs contracts, real estate activity, national parks, and percentage of families receiving food assistance. New York ranked thirty fifth on the list in part because New York is among the five states, receiving the least money in federal contracts. The district of Columbia, not surprisingly is most affected by the shutdown. Currently forty two degrees. Partly cloudy at six oh, six support for NPR comes from the Walton family foundation where opportunity takes root more information is available at Walton family foundation dot org. It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Audie Cornish, and Mary Louise Kelley the government shutdown grinds on over funding for President Trump's border wall. But meanwhile, the Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to construct or upgrade border fencing, some one hundred sixty miles along the Arizona and California borders with Mexico, active duty military will take up the task here to tell us more is NPR's Pentagon. Reporter Tom Bowman and Tom what exactly is the task with? What is the Pentagon going to be doing? Well, I'm told this fencing said likely combat engineers for the fencing portion of this effort, but it goes beyond that homeland security's requesting medical units, of course, two children died along the border with in the custody of US officials at the centers they need additional help for the migrants coming through and also told aviation units would be part of this as well. They provide surveillance along the border to help customs and border protection, monitor any movements. And again, this is so. Support for that effort. Active-duty troops can't get involved in any arrest or detention of any migrants, it's against the law and to be clear. This is something new. This is on top of the existing troops already deployed to the border. Right. So this is new this is just coming out. Now this request was made from homeland security. How many more we talking? Well, we don't know at this point. I heard some one official said maybe thousands of troops and other said, well, the existing truce might be able to help. There are now twenty three hundred act of troops there on the border along with twenty one hundred guard forces they could provide some of this effort, but clearly they're going to send additional troops. They could change them out or some could be extended but acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan hinted about more support at a cabinet meeting at the White House yesterday. Let's listen restoration of the fences building out and additional mileage from the law. The army Corp. Engineers is dialed in on doing this cost-effectively quickly on the right amount of urgency as to where we built additional stand up walls quickly get after the threat. The threat is real. And he goes on to say that he'll provide assistance to homeland security secretary Kirsten Nielsen who's making the request to the Pentagon anytime line on how long these duty troops might be there. No idea. I was told it could be months to construct the fencing or shore up existing fencing, you know, we're talking one hundred and sixty miles or so now fencing right act of troops were supposed to end their deployment, by the way at the end of the month. So some could be extended maybe other units could take their place. But what we don't know. Right. Will the Pentagon is working on the specific? So we don't have a lot of detail at this point. Let me insertive skeptical question here, the president has said if he doesn't get money for a wall from congress. He might just order the military to build it is that what is going on here. The president doing something of an end run around the border standoff. That's quite possible. At this point, the talks with congress, the Democrats in particular appear to be going nowhere. The Pentagon the president wants five billion dollars for the wall. The Democrats saying that's far too much. In the standoff continues the government shutdown. But of course, a Pentagon has not shut down. And they're ready to take orders from the commander in chief. Thank you. You're welcome NPR's. Tom Bowman one person. And we'll be looking at the Trump administration's immigration policies is the new chairman of the House Judiciary committee, New York, Democrat Jerrold Nadler, welcome to the program. Thank you. Now. Your committee has oversight over many key areas. Right Justice department, voting rights and an immigration as we mentioned on that last issue. You told CBS that the zero tolerance policy that led to the separation of migrant families on the border was a deliberate creation of the White House that they're trying to make things as miserable as possible. In quote, if kids die there apparently willing to have that. Yes. To investigate the deaths of those two migrant children. Yes, we are. We're going to investigate the deaths of those two migrant children and the entire family separation policy. And there are a lot of questions. How could they for example, deport parents to foreign countries? He's making no provision to give the kids back I or even to figure out identification for the kids. So we have kids now months later that may never find your parents again. State-sanctioned kidnapping. Does it feel like investigative actions and oversight? That's really the only recourse. Democrats have right now. Does it feel like you have no real ability to change Trump administration policies? No doesn't feel that way. At all. And you can't talk about that the first day of democratic control, and the new congress, we have a we have leverage investigation, and, publicity, and and oversight is a major constitutional responsibility. And ability that we have the number to the power of the purse, you can't pass a budget without the house as well as the Senate, and we can put requirements in that budget. We can put limitations on the use of funds we can put requirements for the use of funds and so forth. So even if you cannot pass. Subject matter Bill through both houses of the president would veto it. They can't pass a budget without the house consent. So we have considerable leverage. You've also on another topic. You've sponsored a Bill that would protect the special counsel office. Robert Muller was investigating interference in the two thousand sixteen election introduce that Bill today, and you've also threatened to subpoena acting attorney general Mr. Whittaker what do you hope to learn from him? We are very concerned about a massive fraud. And the American people by the president by his campaign in order to obtain office through fraudulent means hush money payments to women Michael Cohen working with the Russians plus obstruction of Justice in the investigation of that we have to look into all of that. And the special counsel is looking into that or into some of it insofar as they may be crimes, but we have to look into all of that to protect the integrity of our elections and the integrity of our democratic system and to protect the American people from being defrauded by by the Trump campaign Ovalles future campaigns for that matter. So that is the prime thing that we have to do we have to put an end to Republican efforts over the last two years to interfere with an undermine the special counsel's investigation. If the Muller investigation uncovers evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors are you prepared to pursue impeachment? And even if it's politically unpopular it's too early. To talk about impeachment. But what is important at this point is to follow all the facts where they lead to make sure that those facts are public and to make sure that they're not interfered with by the Trump administration. So if a special counsel issues report, we have to make sure that that report is is it becomes public. If necessary we'll subpoena it necessarily will quote Muller to testify in front of the committee about it. We have to make sure that it's not varied by the Trump administration. Bye bye Whitaker or by bar. The President Trump has been implicated and campaign law violations. As part of Michael Collins plea, something like that an impeachable offense. It could be that. I don't wanna get into impeachment now. 'cause it when we're not prepared for that. At this point. The some of what he's been accused of could be impeachable. Offenses. But the real question now is to find out what happened to find out. What frauds were committed but frauds against American democracy. And to make sure the public knows that the public can judge, and we can judge in the judiciary committee instead of where we should go from there whether to be impeachment whether it should be protective legislation for the future. Whatever it may be. And you were earlier you were speaking about William bar, the White House nominee for attorney general. Yes. And and the acting attorney general Mr. Whittaker is it possible that you will overplay your hand."