Washington Post night reading: Child polio deaths threaten to skyrocket in next year

Updates from The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri and David Weigel on the ongoing polio recall. Among other things, Petri writes that the disease seems “to have already killed hundreds of children.” Good evening. PLUS:…

Washington Post night reading: Child polio deaths threaten to skyrocket in next year

Updates from The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri and David Weigel on the ongoing polio recall. Among other things, Petri writes that the disease seems “to have already killed hundreds of children.”

Good evening.

PLUS:

House GOP debates on whether to allow a vote on protecting young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. A Democratic aide tells me lawmakers want GOP leadership to hold a vote on the issue this week, before the government shuts down at midnight. More from Gabriel Debenedetti here.

Trump is slated to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 8 — likely in Vietnam, where the two leaders are scheduled to meet.

Bret Baier will host an exclusive interview with President Trump on Sunday from at the White House. The full interview is expected to air later this week.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is out.

The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reports that the Trump administration wants to ask Congress for $18 billion to fund defense modernization, military readiness and border security.

House and Senate Democrats are seeking to attach a stand-alone provision for DACA to their must-pass must-pass spending bill this weekend, a tactic designed to embarrass Republicans who oppose passing the deal for the Dreamers and border wall.

Elsewhere in the news:

Police have made two arrests in the death of Maryland school employee Kathleen Gallagher, who was reportedly beaten in the head with a slingshot until she died of her injuries, the Baltimore Sun reports.

At least 20 demonstrators were arrested at the Capitol on Friday as they protested Congress’ failure to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

There will be protests and a march Saturday to the National Park Service offices in D.C. over the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. They’re asking for the Trump administration to get rid of federal land designated as Confederate monuments.

In a Washington Post op-ed, the mother of a student who died after being shot at a Florida high school urges him to speak out on gun safety in the first year of his administration. The op-ed comes after the Post’s Alex Heard obtained a recording of a conversation in which Trump addressed the Parkland students from the White House.

The Times’ Peter Baker reports that the Justice Department is investigating at least one of the top cabinet members for possibly lying to the public about comments made while President Trump was pardoning a controversial figure.

The New York Times’ James Traub writes that, for the past year, several California Republicans have grumbled about giving their support to climate-change denier Scott Pruitt.

Vice President Mike Pence spent Friday at Camp David, hiking, fishing and watching the game.

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