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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.) (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.

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President Trump walked out of the Oval Office and stood alone under a portico shortly after noon on Friday, just before addressing the anti-abortion March for Life rally.

Just feet away from his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, Trump looked especially pensive, his face tight, before breaking into a half-smile when he spotted a nearby toddler who had come to the Rose Garden with a select group of activists from the rally.

Trump said nothing about the potential of a partial government shutdown looming at midnight, in what was his only scheduled public appearance of the day. But aides in the West Wing were noticeably tense, moving quickly from meeting to meeting as they wondered how the day would unfold.

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One year into his presidency, Donald Trump is among the most successful presidents when it comes to appointing federal judges.

A Times data analysis found Trump is ranked No. 6 of 19 presidents appointing the highest number of federal judges in their first year.

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Two years after presidential primaries laid bare divisions in the Democratic Party, its voters remain in a muddle over whom they favor in the 2020 election, torn between a trio of veterans but unattached at this point to any of a fresh generation of potential candidates, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.

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With a morning tweet, President Trump added confusion to the effort to avert a federal shutdown. (Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images)
With a morning tweet, President Trump added confusion to the effort to avert a federal shutdown. (Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images)

A government shutdown appeared likely after Congress deadlocked over a proposed four-week stopgap spending bill to keep federal offices open past Friday’s deadline.

After the House late Thursday passed the measure, 230 to 197, with strong Republican support, the bill was headed for probable defeat in the Senate amid opposition from most Democrats and a few Republicans.

The setback sends the White House and congressional leaders back to the negotiating table in a frantic search for a compromise.

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(Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

President Trump suggested a government shutdown was “coming” in a tweet early Friday as lawmakers scrambled to patch together a last-minute spending deal by midnight Eastern time, a task complicated by the president’s remarks.

A White House official said Trump would not leave for his private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., until a bill passes, though his public schedule released Thursday night had him leaving Friday afternoon despite the shutdown threat. At Mar-a-Lago, he planned to celebrate the anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a gala Republican fundraiser.

Congress appears deadlocked over a proposed four-week stopgap funding bill to keep government offices open past Friday’s deadline.