Here are five things to know for Monday, February 18:
1. White House staffing forvives amid Mueller investigation
The White House will be a little thinner on staff Monday.
It could be that we haven't seen the last of former Trump advisers Omarosa Manigault Newman, Stephen Miller and former White House social media director Dan Scavino.
But whether the departures are permanent or temporary, a bevy of staff has already departed.
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has gone. Former press secretary Sean Spicer has moved to Los Angeles to pursue writing and media opportunities. And on the financial side, White House fundraising chief Stephen Miller just left the administration, first reported by Axios.
2. Ongoing investigations
CNN's Jake Tapper has been quite thorough in digging into the Russia investigation.
At an event Friday at CNN's Washington bureau, Tapper aired heavily edited transcript of a phone call he had with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday.
He said he had a 50-minute phone call with McCabe, which was edited down to 20 minutes.
Tapper and McCabe both criticized President Donald Trump, and he said the new text messages released by the FBI, including texts sent by a former FBI agent who used to work on special counsel Robert Mueller's team, were "breathtaking in their dishonesty."
Tapper said the text messages revealed FBI special agent Peter Strzok, who is now part of Mueller's team, "talking about devising a false narrative of Hillary Clinton."
"What I thought was important about it is (the new texts) reveal the dynamic that Strzok was involved in. A unique dynamic with a candidate that I think is important to understand."
According to Tapper, he called McCabe Friday to tell him not to 'go public with these lies' until the text messages were publicly released.
Tapper asked McCabe why he hasn't gone public. McCabe responded that he 'doesn't agree with going public with these lies.'
"You're going to be calling your colleagues liars at an hour when I'm giving what you think is my truth," Tapper said.
3. The government is on a day-to-day basis
In the wake of the partial government shutdown, a funding solution was supposed to happen as soon as Friday. But that solution didn't pan out and the government remains partially shut down.
In the meantime, most government employees are working without pay.
That situation has some federal employees writing protest cards, posting them on social media and even launching campaigns on social media like the .
In a letter to members of Congress, Angela Greer, an employee at a DC-based Center for Social Policy and Understanding, and Michael M. Anavula, an employee at the NEA Center of Excellence in Learning and Empowerment, wrote that people are frustrated and that there are other issues at hand.
"In times of intense political, emotional and racial strife, when young people are made to feel unwelcome and anxious at school and at home, the last thing they need is to feel stress about financial and work related issues, despite how they are compensated," they wrote.
4. The coronavirus
An outbreak in the Middle East is creating concern among public health experts and friends.
At least 20 people have died in Saudi Arabia from a coronavirus.
The virus is from the same family as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which ravaged the medical community around the world a decade ago.
The World Health Organization says the virus is similar in some ways to SARS, but "superinfected" people are most likely to spread the disease.
WHO has concluded that there is enough evidence for a causal relationship between a recent case of coronavirus and SARS.
WHO officials said their information shows "cases" of the virus in "the Middle East," but that they do not yet have a sufficient number of cases to validate the relationships between the viruses in their community.
5. The Boy Scouts
A nine-year-old boy from Virginia, Adam Schwerdtfeger, said he is being cheated out of a trip to France.
His parents, Jeff and Amy Schwerdtfeger, said they won a trip to France on a national online fantasy football league based on a competition held on Cheers, the new online game from ESPN.
But now their son is behind in the standings for a trip to France because some contestants are not required to travel to a particular country or affiliate.