On Politics: Democrats Take Over the House

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, had removed himself from talks to reopen the government, part of a strategy to protect vulnerable Republicans running for re-election in 2020. But his senators have started to break rank.

As the House of Representatives convenes, the seat in North Carolina’s Ninth District is still empty. Mark Harris, a Republican who had looked like the winner in November, finds himself in limbo, with his election under investigation.

The American citizen detained in Russia on espionage charges, Paul Whelan, is being held in solitary confinement in the notorious Lefortovo Prison in Moscow. He could face a sentence of as much as 20 years.

A former employee of the Trump resort in Bedminster, N.J., said her name was removed from a list being vetted by the Secret Service after she reminded management that she was undocumented.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry has asked for an investigation into two episodes at the border near San Diego in which American officers used tear gas to repel migrants.