Tag: Shutdowns (Institutional)

Nursing Homes Are Closing Across Rural America, Scattering Residents

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — Harold Labrensz spent much of his 89-year life farming and ranching the rolling Dakota plains along the Missouri River. His family figured he would die there, too. But late last year, the nursing home in Mobridge, S.D., that cared for Mr. Labrensz announced that it was shutting down after a rocky history […]

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How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump

Among the casualties of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall is the reputation of the majority leader Mitch McConnell as a Senate institutionalist. The evidence of the last few days has confirmed, if there were still any doubt, that he is no such thing. First, he helped prolong the […]

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Payless Shoes to Shut All U.S. Stores and Wind Down Online Operation

Payless ShoeSource, a once-popular seller of inexpensive women’s footwear and a staple in many suburban shopping malls, is closing all of its American stores. The company said on Saturday that it would begin liquidating all 2,100 of its stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Payless is also winding down its online business. The […]

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Trump’s Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice

WASHINGTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, spent the last two weeks hammering out a deal on federal spending and border security with colleagues from both parties, reassured by a sense that Congress was finally asserting itself as a civil, stabilizing force. The feeling did not last. On Friday, President Trump mounted […]

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Watch Out. Tax Season Is Even More Stressful Than Usual.

Take a deep breath, a drink, whatever calms you: It’s tax season. If you have already filed your return and received a satisfying refund, congratulations! You are a lucky person, because many people are having a hard time this year. Oddly, much of the pain comes from a shift that might seem pleasant: sweeping changes […]

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Phony Wall, Phony Emergency

“I didn’t need to do this,” President Trump insisted at a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, as he declared a national emergency aimed at shaking loose a few billion dollars in financing for his beloved border wall. The president’s assertion was both ludicrous and self-defeating. If a declaration was unnecessary and the wall on track […]

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White House Memo: Trump Follows Familiar Playbook When Confronted by a Loss: Distract and Digress

WASHINGTON — Standing in the Rose Garden on Friday morning, President Trump heaped praise on Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio show host, who earlier in the week gave his blessing to a bipartisan spending bill that did not include the money Mr. Trump had demanded for a wall. “This guy is unbelievable,” Mr. Trump said. […]

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In a Divided Washington, Congress Averted a Shutdown — but at a Price

WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, went to bed Wednesday night cautiously optimistic that a shutdown crisis that had stretched back to December had finally ended. Then President Trump awoke in a rage Thursday, feeling cornered into accepting a bipartisan funding deal struck earlier in the week that would deprive him once again […]

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National Emergency Powers and Trump’s Border Wall, Explained

Updated February 14, 2019: Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, announced that President Trump planned to declare a national emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the southwestern border. Read the latest here. WASHINGTON — As the budget standoff between President Trump and congressional Democrats grinds into the third week […]

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McConnell Says Trump Plans to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to declare a national emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the border even as he signs a spending bill that does not fund it. The move would effectively end a two-month war of attrition between the president and Congress that closed much of the […]

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XPO Logistics Will Close Warehouse Where Some Pregnant Workers Miscarried

XPO Logistics will close a Memphis warehouse where employees had complained about widespread discrimination and a number of pregnant workers had miscarriages. The company said it would close the site because Verizon, whose cellphones and other products XPO ships from the warehouse, had decided to stop using the facility. The moves followed a New York […]

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Congress Expected to Swiftly Pass Border Deal to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress will move quickly Thursday to pass a border security deal that deprives President Trump of what might be his last chance to build his wall, leaving the White House to decide whether to try to go around Congress to find the money. The Senate will vote first on the legislation, which includes […]

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News Analysis: Trump Puts Best Face on Border Deal, as Aides Try to Assuage an Angry Right

WASHINGTON — In pursuit of a wall, President Trump ran into one. A single-minded drive to force Congress to finance his signature campaign promise has left Mr. Trump right back where he started, this time seeking a way to climb over the political barrier in his way after trying to charge through it did not […]

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Why Border Wall Talks Suddenly Became a Showdown Over ‘ICE Beds’

After prompting the longest government shutdown in history, President Trump’s divisive proposal for a border wall has taken a back seat in recent days for negotiators in Congress who are seeking to avoid another crippling closure. The latest talks have focused on another immigration issue that has exploded in recent months: Record numbers of migrants […]

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Deal or No Deal, Mr. Trump?

What will President Trump do now? This is the $5.7 billion question confronting Congress as the latest government-funding deal grinds its way toward his desk. Desperate to avoid another shutdown debacle, negotiators on the House-Senate conference committee reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on Monday evening that, among many other measures, would provide $1.375 billion […]

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Five Key Takeaways From the Tentative Deal on Border Security

WASHINGTON — The tentative deal reached late Monday by congressional negotiators to avert another government shutdown brought to the fore something President Trump has rarely seen in his time in office: reality-based programming. With Mr. Trump holding firm to his demand for a border wall with Mexico, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill adopted another […]

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The Government Shutdown Made the I.R.S. Even More Frustrating to Deal With

WASHINGTON — A record shutdown of the United States government resulted in a “shocking” number of taxpayers’ calls to the Internal Revenue Service going unreturned or being left to languish on hold for unusually long periods, according to a government audit released on Tuesday. The audit, by the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate, shows […]

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The Conversation: The Bezos Story Is Big

Gail Collins: Bret, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m going to give you the gift of deciding what current event we should start off with. Virginia? Jeff Bezos? Trump investigations? Supreme Court? Rapidly exploding population of Democratic presidential candidates? Bret Stephens: Oh, Gail — that’s the most wonkishly romantic gesture I’ve ever heard. Maybe we […]

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With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal Is Reached ‘in Principle’

WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators on Monday night agreed in principle to provide $1.375 billion for fencing and other physical barriers at the Mexican border, part of a broader agreement that would stave off another partial government shutdown without funding President Trump’s wall. The agreement would allow for 55 miles of new bollard fencing, […]

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