The Morning Brief: Government Funding Deal, May Day and Daytime Emmys

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Good morning. These are today’s top stories:

Congress avoids government shutdown with deal

A government shutdown was averted late last night after Congressional lawmakers struck a deal on a federal spending bill. The approved agreement does not fund President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. The government last shut down in 2013 amid clashes between Congress and the White House during former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Immigrants to mark May Day with worker protests

Tens of thousands of immigrants will rally in several cities in the U.S. today on May Day to call for worker and immigrant rights and protest President Trump’s immigration policies and deportation efforts. The marches will take place in cities including Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. May 1 is traditionally known among union groups as International Worker’s Day. Here’s how other countries marked the day.

Ellen DeGeneres among Daytime Emmy winners

The Ellen DeGeneres Show was named best entertainment talk show during last night’s Daytime Emmy Awards, while Steve Harvey won best game show host for Family Feud and best host of an informative talk show for Steve Harvey. Jeopardy! claimed the best game show prize, and General Hospital won for best daytime drama.


Storms and flooding over the weekend killed at least 14 people in the South and Midwest.

Renowned Swiss climber Ueli Steck died in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal.

Trump has invited controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House after a “very friendly” conversation.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is visiting crucial battleground state New Hampshire as speculation swirls about the 2020 election.

Newlywed women in India are being given wooden bats to prevent domestic violence.

Val Kilmer said he’s recovering from cancer, publicly acknowledging his battle with the disease for the first time.

Kelly Ripa has announced that Ryan Seacrest will be joining her as a Live with Kelly co-host.

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