Congressional negotiators reached a tentative agreement last night to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. A congressional source told CNBC it would put about $1.4 billion toward physical barriers, but not a wall.
* Trump takes border wall fight to El Paso (NY Times)
GOP Sen. Marco Rubio is backing a new proposal today to tackle one of Democrats' favorite talking points: stock buybacks. The plan would raise taxes on capital gains as a way to discourage companies from pursuing share repurchases. (CNBC)
CNBC has learned that Sen. Amy Klobuchar has joined the ranks of other Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls who are rejecting campaign contributions from corporate political action committees.
* Pete Buttigieg is the young, gay veteran who wants to take on Trump in 2020 (CNBC)
The American solar power workforce shrank for a second consecutive year in 2018, as President Donald Trump's tariffs prompted developers to delay projects and policy shifts in top solar states slowed renewable energy growth. (CNBC)
The U.K. will deploy its new aircraft carrier, loaded with two squadrons of F-35 aircraft into the politically-fraught South China Sea. The $3.9 billion carrier's outing will also sail into the Middle East and Mediterranean. (CNBC)
A winter storm sweeping across the Midwest took aim at the East Coast overnight, bringing rain, ice and potentially as much as two feet of snow to some areas. The snowy blast could cause havoc for commuters. (NBC News)
Amazon (AMZN) is raising prices at Whole Foods amid pressure from consumer-product makers to cover rising costs. Amazon slashed prices at Whole Foods after acquiring it in 2017, aiming to counter its reputation for high costs. (WSJ)
* Amazon is acquiring home Wi-Fi start-up Eero (CNBC)
The CDC is blaming vaping devices like Juul for single-handedly driving a spike in tobacco use among teens, threatening to erase years of progress curbing youth use. In 2018, nearly 21 percent of high school students vaped. (CNBC)
The biggest mall owner in the country is about to open more than 100 shops selling products infused with CBD, short for cannabidiol. Department store chain Barney's is also opening a cannabis shop in its Beverly Hills location. (CNBC)