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President Donald Trump has struggled with low approval from women for more than a year. About a third of women approve of the president’s job performance, according to Gallup. And his recent approach to the federal government shutdown threatens to worsen that. Because the president initially took responsibility for the shutdown, his critics are now holding him accountable for everything that comes with it. When the government shut down after Congress and the president didn’t reach an agreement on the border wall that was at the heart of Trump’s campaign, the Violence Against Women Act expired, temporarily cutting off funding for programs assisting victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse. Rep. Cedri Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, suggested that the shutdown was the latest example of a pattern of Trump showing disrespect for America’s women. VAWA-funded programs will be delayed.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg confirmed. The 85-year-old justice underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center last week to remove two malignant nodules in her left lung. Friday’s procedure went smoothly, doctors said, and there was “no evidence of any remaining disease elsewhere in the body.”

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will keep open through early 2019 a tent city in Texas that now holds more than 2,000 migrant teenagers, and also will increase the number of beds at another temporary detention center for children in Florida. The Tornillo facility opened in June in an isolated corner of the Texas desert with capacity for up to 360 children. It eventually grew into a highly guarded detention camp where, on Christmas, some 2,300 largely Central American boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 slept in more than 150 canvas tents. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber said Tornillo, which originally was slated to close Dec. 31, has stopped receiving new referrals of migrant youth. Tornillo will shut down after the new year, Weber said.

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