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Speaking to U.S. troops involved in bombing Islamic State militants in Syria, Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday launched a broadside at Democrats over the government shutdown, accusing the opposition party of “playing politics with military pay.” 

It is unusual for a sitting vice president to use a meet-and-greet with service members to make political attacks.

“Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, the minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay. But you deserve better,” Pence told a crowd of Air Force and Army troops inside an airplane hanger on a military base near the Syrian border.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II, right, speaks across a table to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a lunch at the royal palace in Amman.
Jordan's King Abdullah II, right, speaks across a table to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a lunch at the royal palace in Amman. (Khalil Mazraawi / Agence-France Presse)

Vice President Mike Pence heard pointed criticism Sunday from the king of Jordan, a key regional ally unhappy with President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Sitting directly across from the vice president at the start of a lunch in the royal palace on a hilltop in Amman, King Abdullah II told Pence he had repeatedly voiced his “concerns” to the White House over the past year that such a move would upend peace negotiations and threaten Jordan’s stability.

“Today we have a major challenge to overcome, especially with some of the rising frustrations,” Abdullah said.

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Vice President Mike Pence prepares to address March for Life participants from the Rose Garden.
Vice President Mike Pence prepares to address March for Life participants from the Rose Garden. (Scalzo / EPA / Shutterstock)

En route to Cairo for a Mideast tour, Vice President Mike Pence shook hands and chatted with U.S. service members Saturday during a stop to refuel Air Force Two at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Pence will visit three Middle East nations. 

As the vice president took photos with some of the troops, he brought up the U.S. government shutdown, which began at midnight Friday. 

Vice President Mike Pence prepares to address March for Life participants from the Rose Garden.
Vice President Mike Pence prepares to address March for Life participants from the Rose Garden. (Scalzo / EPA / Shutterstock)

En route to Cairo for a Mideast tour, Vice President Mike Pence shook hands and chatted with U.S. service members Saturday during a stop to refuel Air Force Two at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Pence will visit three Middle East nations. 

As the vice president took photos with some of the troops, he brought up the U.S. government shutdown, which began at midnight Friday. 

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More than 5,000 people are expected to converge at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington for the city’s Women’s March on Saturday. Despite the fact that the land is overseen by the National Park Service – an agency affected by the 2013 government shutdown — the march will continue.

The park service previously put a plan in place that restricted a government shutdown from affecting activities protected by the 1st Amendment. The Women’s March falls under that description.

The Times will be covering anniversary events this weekend. Follow coverage here.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued this statement as the clock struck midnight and the federal government began shutting down when the Senate failed to pass a funding measure:

“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” Sanders said.

“This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform,” she said. “During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

The government has told a federal judge in New Jersey it will seek a retrial of Sen. Robert Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November.

The filing to the judge on Friday seeks a retrial of the Democrat "at the earliest possible date."

Menendez and a longtime friend, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, were charged with a bribery scheme in which Menendez traded political favors for gifts and campaign donations.