Tag: government shutdown

Boeing 737 Max Fixes Delayed Due to Government Shutdown

Distraught family members attend a memorial service held for the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crash on March 14, 2019, in Ejere, Ethiopia.Photo: Jemal Countess (Getty Images) The Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people is still being investigated, but what is becoming clearer is that there may have been issues with the […]

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Dealmaker-in-Chief Trump Intends to Sign Border Deal for Pennies on the Dollar

Image: Getty Images Though Trump may look for a loophole, it seems there will be no wall after all. Despite his unhappiness with the tentative deal reached by Congress earlier this week, CNN reports that Trump will sign a border security deal to avoid another government shutdown, weeks after the longest on record. Congress has […]

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Trump Says He’s Not ‘Happy’ With Border Deal and Continues to Lie About the Wall Being Built Right Now

President Donald Trump (C) talks to reporters with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a meeting of his cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House February 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump said he was not happy about the compromise legislation agreed to by Republicans and […]

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Deal Reached in Principle to Avoid Second Government Shutdown

Image: Republican Senator Richard Shelby (Getty Images) House and Senate negotiators have reached an “agreement in principle” to avoid a second government shutdown. Though the four leading bipartisan negotiators declined to provide specifics on the nature of the agreement, Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby told reporters that both sides “got an agreement on all of […]

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Government Workers Are Still Waiting on Payouts from the 2013 Shutdown

This most recent government shutdown left many federal employees working without pay for 34 days, leading to multiple lawsuits filed on behalf of workers trying to get damages. In a recent piece for VICE, journalist Will Greenberg explains that the lawyers in these cases expect smooth sailing. That’s because the exact same lawyers brought the […]

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Nancy Pelosi on Stacey Abrams, Black Lives Matter and Standing Up to Trump 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is known as the woman who tells Donald Trump “no” and continues to be the backbone of the Democratic Party. Her leadership was long-questioned during the midterms until her chamber enjoyed a record-setting blue wave of progressive, ethnically diverse freshman congresswomen. Pelosi spent a few minutes with The Root sharing her […]

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Government Workers Are Still Trying to Get Paid for the 2013 Shutdown

Federal employees at a protest over the latest government shutdown in Chicago on January 10. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty After the longest government shutdown in US history, and with the possibility of another one in two weeks if Congress can’t agree on an immigration compromise, there’s a small silver lining for federal employees who were forced to […]

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Joshua Tree May Feel The Effects Of Government Shutdown For 300 Years

Unsplash One thing that’s become epically clear: The government shutdown will have a lasting impact on history. Not only did thousands of people go without pay, being advised to take out loans or drive Uber until it was over, but the places and things those people cared for went neglected, including our National Parks. One […]

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Chuck Schumer: Trump Can’t ‘Take Hostages’ In Negotiations Over Border Security

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) speaks during a during a news conference after a GOP caucus meeting on December 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in a relaxed, confident mood when I met him in his office Tuesday afternoon—and for good reason. President Donald Trump […]

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Nancy Pelosi Mopped the Floor with Trump

Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump at the 2017 presidential inauguration. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite – Pool/Getty In retrospect, one of the signs that Donald Trump would inevitably fail to get what he wanted out of the partial government shutdown was his inability to come up with a nickname for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The […]

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Trump Is Actually Lousy at Making Deals, According to Negotiation Experts

Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty On Friday afternoon, as Donald Trump agreed to a deal to reopen the federal government without getting the border wall funding he was demanding, it was hard to forget that his celebrity was originally founded upon his prowess as a dealmaker. This personal mythos built his brand in the 80s […]

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Trump Bends the Knee to Pelosi, Temporarily Ends Shutdown He Created

A protester dressed as President Donald Trump holds a placard stating ‘PRISON WALL AND TRUMP CRIMES FALL’ while demonstrating with Philadelphia Airport TSA and airport workers outside the Philadelphia International Airport on January 25, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The government shutdown, now lasting 35 days, is the longest in United States history, affecting about 800,000 […]

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Furloughed IRS Employees Are Refusing To Work Without Pay Ahead Of Tax Season Starting On Monday

Getty Image As the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States trudges on at day 35, with seemingly no immediate end in sight, the effects are starting to be felt at a high level. TSA agents and air traffic controllers have begun calling out to the point that the Federal Aviation Administration […]

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Flights Delayed at Several Major Airports Due to Air Traffic Control Staffing Shortage During Shutdown

Closed down security terminal at the Miami International Airport from earlier this monthPhoto: AP It’s day 35 of President Trump’s government shutdown with no end in sight. And it’s only getting worse. The latest: flights at New York’s LaGuardia airport, New Jersey’s Newark airport, and Philadelphia International Airport have been delayed due to staffing issues […]

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Trump Now Wants to Put His Wall on a Layaway Plan

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) President Trump is becoming desperate, so desperate that he’s now willing to put funding for his border wall on a pay-as-you-go plan. On Thursday, lawmakers shot down two dueling proposals to reopen the government. A Republican-backed proposal sought to have the full $5.7 billion for the wall and a Democrat-sponsored […]

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This Is Chander Kanta. The Government Shutdown Has Left Her All Alone.

When it comes to the work she does, Chander Kanta is indistinguishable from a regular Environmental Protection Agency employee. For the last five years, the 70-year-old administrative assistant has put in 40-hour weeks at the EPA’s campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The income she receives, about $2,000 a month, pays for everything: her […]

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Donald Trump Is Being Mocked For Not Knowing How Grocery Stores Work

Getty Image As of this writing, the partial government shutdown has lasted 33 days, putting the lives of not only 800,000 furloughed employees in jeopardy, but also anyone flying in airplanes, wanting to not eat poisoned food or hoping we can stop any potential terrorist attack. Who to turn to for comfort? Probably not the […]

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Rest In Peace to the Dueling Senate Bills to Reopen the Government, Both of Which Died Quick Deaths

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks back to his office from the Senate chamber after voting January 24, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The Senate has failed to pass two procedural votes, one proposed by Republicans and the other proposed by the Democrats, to re-open the government.Photo: Alex Wong (Getty […]

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Trump’s Commerce Secretary, Who’s Worth $700 Million, Doesn’t Understand Why Federal Workers Need Food Banks During Shutdown

Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossPhoto: Win McNamee (Getty Images) If you ever needed proof as to how out of touch the Trump administration is with the American people, just look no further than Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who said Thursday that he doesn’t understand why federal workers are turning to food banks during the partial government […]

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Mitch McConnell’s Slow and Steady Pace Avoids Run-in with Furloughed Government Employees

Image: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seen laughing as he returns to his office on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. (Getty Images) Frustrated with Senate Majority Leader and Turtle Club President Emeritus Mitch McConnell, furloughed federal employees gave the Kentucky senator a piece of their mind. McConnell, sensing the commotion from just beyond his heating […]

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