FOX NEWS FIRST: No end in sight for shutdown; Factually 'clumsy' Ocasio-Cortez attacks Trump for 'lies'

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Developing now, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

  • Weekend talks to end the government shutdown show little progress as President Trump stands firm by his demand for a border wall, and in a concession to Democrats, supports building it with steel instead of concrete
  • Representatives from the U.S. and China are scheduled to start two days of talks on Monday to settle trade and economic disputes
  • In a TV interview Sunday night, freshman congresswoman - and rising Democratic star - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls herself a 'radical' and slams President Trump's 'lies' on immigration
  • 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Green Book' are big winners at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night as the awards show mostly steers clear of politics. However, 'Vice' star Christian Bale bashes for former Vice President Dick Cheney and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his Gold Globe acceptance speech


THE LEAD STORY – SHUTDOWN APPROACHES WEEK 3: President Trump and Democrats appeared to be as far apart as ever on the border wall as little progress appeared to be made during weekend talks and the partial government shutdown approached its third week ... After Trump and Vice President Mike Pence wrapped up separate meetings on border security and the ongoing partial federal government shutdown on Sunday, the president  offered his strongest endorsement yet of a proposal to build a steel wall, rather than a concrete barrier, at the southern border. "They don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel," Trump told reporters after returning to the White House from a meeting with his advisers at Camp David.

The president framed his new pitch for a steel wall as a concession to Democrats to move negotiations along, as the shutdown entered its 16th day. Meanwhile, Democrats published the full text of several spending bills to reopen the government on Sunday that the White House and Senate Republicans have long said have no chance of becoming law because they do not include any funding for a wall of any kind. - Reported by Gregg Re

U.S.-CHINA HOPING TO BRIDGE TRADE DIVIDE: Officials from the U.S. and China are set to meet for two days, starting Monday, in Beijing, marking the first time the countries have held talks since President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed early last month to postpone further levies for 90 days in an effort to negotiate a deal ... The U.S. trade delegation led by Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will visit China on Monday and Tuesday, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce, and the two sides are working to resolve disputes on trade and other economic issues.

Trump said Sunday that China's weakening economy is an incentive for officials to want to reach a trade deal. “The tariffs have absolutely hurt China very badly,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “I think China wants to get it resolved."

'CALL ME A RADICAL': Rising Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told CBS News' “60 Minutes” in an interview broadcast Sunday that she is “a radical” who wants to use her newfound position in Congress to make new progressive laws in America ... “If that’s what radical means, then call me a radical,” Ocasio-Cortez said, when questioned about her “radical agenda.” She also responded to critics who have pointed out factual errors in some of her tweets.  "I think that there's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually and semantically correct than about being morally right... Whenever I make a mistake. I say, 'Okay, this was clumsy,' and then I restate what my point was. But it's-- it's not the same thing as-- as the president lying about immigrants. It's not the same thing, at all." - Reported by Frank Miles

THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS: “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” won big at the 76 Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday in a night that broke from other award shows of its type to avoid politics and keep the jokes above the belt with comedy that tried its best to stay positive ... "Bohemian Rhapsody” took home the award for best drama while “Green Book” beat tough contenders to win best musical or comedy, putting them both in a fine position to win an Academy Award later in the year.

Politics were largely absent from the Andy Samberg and Sandra-Oh-led ceremony Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, before Christian Bale took the stage for winning best actor in a musical or comedy for his lead performance in Adam McKay's "Vice." The critically acclaimed British actor said he was "cornering the market on charisma-free a------s ... What do we think, Mitch McConnell next?" "Thank you for Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role," Bale concluded.


THE AMERICAN DREAM - OR NIGHTMARE? - "They [Democrats] agree that we need border security. They just are unwilling to let this president win.  And I think at some point they have to decide that they care more about Americans than fighting the president.  And so far we haven’t seen a willingness on their side to fully do that." – White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, on "FOX News Sunday" on whether President Trump is willing to continue the government shutdown over the border wall for months, or even years. WATCH

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On FOX News:

FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Kurt Knuttson, the Cyber Guy previews the Consumer Electronics Show 2019; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., talks about border wall negotiations; Stuart Varney, the Fox Business host, to talk about the U.S. economy and latest job report; Kirk Lippold, a former commander of the USS Cole, will discuss reports that the ship’s bomber was killed in an airstike; Hector Garza, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council; Alex Berenson, a former NY Times reporter, to talk about new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.”

The Story with Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: Steve Hilton, the host of “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton”; Jason Chaffetz, FOX News contributor; Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News senior judicial analyst.

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: Gregg Jarrett, FOX News legal analyst.

FOX News @ Night, 11 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Gen. Jack Keane.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz chied economic adviser; Richard Pops, chairman and CEO of Alkermes Biotech Company; Jason Clark, San Francisco Republican party chairman; Jayson Dallas, CEO of Aimmune; Bob Carter, Toyota North America executive vice president; Dan Niles, founding partner of AlphaOne Capital Partners; Joel Marcus, Alexandria Real Estate founder and executive chairman; Antoine Papiernik, managing partner and chairman at Sofinnova Partners.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Carl Icahn, billionaire investor.

Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman, 3 p.m. ET: Carter Reum, co-founder of M13.

Trish Regan Primetime, 8 p.m. ET: U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.

Kennedy, 9 p.m. ET: Kmele Foster, co-host of "The Fifth Column."

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: American officials are meeting with their Chinese counter-parts today to work on negotiations to avoid a trade war. FOX’s Asia analyst and author of “The Coming Collapse of China” Gordon Chang weighs in. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services task force in Los Angeles is reviewing more than 2,500 files of legal citizens for possible denaturalization, focusing on identity fraud and willful misrepresentation. FOX’s Anita Vogel breaks down the process and explains why critics say it looks like the Trump administration is using this as tool to strip people of citizenship and to make it more difficult to become a legal citizen. Plus, commentary by FOX News contributor and co-host of "Benson & Harf," Marie Harf.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin on how Democrats keep proving they're detached from reality; comedian Michael Loftus on the Golden Globes and Kevin Hart vs the Oscars; Bret Baier on the the latest in the government shutdown and the hot topics of the day.

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz explains why the Democrats should not impeach President Trump.

2004: President George W. Bush proposes legal status, at least temporarily, for millions of immigrants improperly working in the U.S.
1999: For the second time in history, an impeached American president goes on trial before the Senate. (President Bill Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; he would be acquitted.)
1789: America holds its first presidential election as voters choose electors who, a month later, select George Washington to be the nation's first chief executive.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Have a good Monday! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Tuesday morning.