State of the Union one day away as next government shutdown looms – live

We are eleven days away from another potential government shutdown and three days into the political crisis in Virginia

1.58pm GMT

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton will publish his first book in May, another step forward for a rising star in the Republican Party.

An veteran with undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, Cotton’s book will chronicle the Old Guard, the oldest active duty regiment in the Army which serves ceremonial functions. Cotton served in the unit for over a year.

The apolitical “Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery” will showcase Cotton’s service in the military, rather than the hard-edged conservatism that many Republicans believe the first-term Arkansan will eventually try to use to run for president. One of the youngest senators and someone who is close to President Donald Trump, the hawkish 41-year-old Republican is still subject to regular buzz about serving in the Cabinet or eventually running for the president. He’s also up for reelection next year, though his seat is presumably safe in red Arkansas.

Cotton received more than $500,000 in advance for the book, according to a source close to him.

1.45pm GMT

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We are one day away from the State of the Union, eleven days away from another potential government shutdown and three days into the political crisis in Virginia sparked the discovery of a racist picture on the yearbook page of the state’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam.

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Source: The Guardian
State of the Union one day away as next government shutdown looms – live