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Trump veto threat could lead to severe consequences for U.S.

President Donald Trump's threat to veto Congress’ massive COVID-19 relief package during a raging pandemic could lead to severe consequences for the nation, including a year-end government shutdown,

Lawmakers have five weeks to agree on funding the government

Senators broke a months-long stalemate over funding the government on Tuesday by starting work on a package of four spending bills, but major hurdles remain to avoid a government shutdown next month.

Passengers furious after shutdown sparks hundreds of delays

The federal government shutdown has resulted in delays at major US airports due to a shortage of air-traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Lawmakers turn their focus to risks of Canada-US border security

With the U.S. in the throes of a 31-day government shutdown and President Trump and members of Congress focused on our Southern border, a new report suggests some lawmakers are planning to place fresh scrutiny on the wide-open Canada-US border.

Trump's shutdown is becoming catastrophic for the economy

The US government shutdown is now the longest in the country's history and has shown no signs of abating. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has suggested that US economic growth could go to zero, and one analyst said it could even go negative.

U.S. government shutdown: Websites insecure and inaccessible

One underplayed aspects of the longest U.S. government shutdown in history is with federal websites. Several websites have become inaccessible and even more face security risks due to a lack of updates.

Blumenthal: Railroads should not get extension to install PTC

New Haven - Dozens of railroads, including Metro-North, missed the December 31st deadline to install "positive train control," which can prevent collisions and derailments. The rail systems quickly applied for a 2-year extension to 2020 which Congress approved.

Trump freezes federal employees salaries for 2019

Federal workers are being left out in the cold this holiday season. President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday freezing federal workers’ pay for 2019, following through on a proposal he announced earlier in the year.

Twitter erupts over Trump's lie about federal shutdown support

President Donald Trump made the claim on Tuesday that federal workers have told him that they support the ongoing government shutdown if it means funding for his border wall.

Falcon Heavy test-fire on hold due to government shutdown

Cape Canaveral - SpaceX will be unable to do a static-fire test of all 27 of its Falcon Heavy rocket's engines at Kennedy Space Center due to the government shutdown, further delaying the setting of a definitive launch date for the massive rocket.

EPA - Government must prepare Superfund sites for climate change

An official with the Environmental Protection Agency program that directs cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed by climate change.

EPA's open data site — The shutdown that's not a shutdown

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) open data website was to be shut down as soon as Friday, April 28, sparking a social media frenzy. This news prompted the EPA to use its Twitter account to reassure people the "rumor" was untrue.

Op-Ed: Showdown coming between Obama and GOP over immigration

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Wednesday he would not rule out withholding funds in an attempt to block President Barack Obama from halting deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. Boehner said,"All options are on the table."

Senator Cruz on debt deal: 'Senate Republicans declined to unify'

In comments made on Saturday to the Texas Medical Association, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) framed the Republican compromise on the government shutdown as a result of GOP infighting.

Op-Ed: The debt ceiling from a scientist's point of view

Washington - Scientists work with numbers a lot. Counting, weighing, percentages, etc. And as a scientist, I would say for the most part, we are good with numbers.

House votes by large margin to reopen government

The House of Representatives got more support than expected to pass a resolution reopening the government and raise the debt ceiling on Wednesday night. Every Democrat voted for it, and nearly 90 Republicans.

U.S. Senate bi-partisan deal prepares for vote to end shutdown

Washington - CNN reports that at noon today, a Senate deal is now ready for a formal announcement, hopefully avoiding a government shutdown tomorrow. A Republican Senate aide reported this to CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

Op-Ed: Possible game changers in debt ceiling talks

Comparisons with sports events seem to become real ways to describe political events in Washington. Events were moving faster than the two-minute drill by a no huddle offense.

World leaders to US: 'Raise debt ceiling and reopen government!'

Like a frustrated mother with headstrong and uncontrollable children, world leaders are advising the United States as candidly as possible. Raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government before the credibility of the U.S. disappears. Period.

Op-Ed: Boehner Burns Senate's Suggestion

Washington - House Speaker John Boehner rebuffed a proposed Senate deal that would have extended the debt ceiling until early February, funded the government through early January and establishes budget conference negotiations by mid-December.

Op-Ed: Media talks of fantasy debt settlement

Just as football lovers have their fantasy team, many in the media see a settlement coming in the debt crisis that could devastate world economies. This from leaders who haven't been able to agree on much of anything.

Op-Ed: Michael Pendleton’s experiences at the Million Vet March Special

Michael Pendleton, the man who walked from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. to participate in the upcoming Million Mask March, shares his experiences of today’s protest in support of veterans at the Capitol.

Debt fiasco damaging U.S. reputation

With the U.S. fast approaching a debt payment failure the nation’s reputation already is suffering around the world. Leaders say the world will not be the same.

SNL delivers on 'Gravity' of the government shutdown

In its cold open last night, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" tackles the federal government shutdown from the perspective of the hit movie, "Gravity."

US Government shutdown's Good Samaritans

The BBC today highlights positive responses to problems caused by the US government shutdown. From Chris Cox, who traveled from South Carolina to keep the Washington war memorials tidy, to businesses helping a couple whose Yosemite wedding was cancelled.

Image of kid at closed zoo goes viral

Quickly spreading across the Web, via sites such as reddit, is a photo of a child holding onto the bars of The National Zoo gate, the "temporarily closed" sign hovering above him. Does this photo best define the fallout of the U.S. government shutdown?

Obama rejects Boehner's stop-gap debt plan

Washington - The New York Times has just reported that President Barack Obama has said "thanks, but no thanks" to Speaker John Boehner's offer of a temporary increase in the debt limit without opening the government.

Op-Ed: President Obama threatens to default on US loans

President Obama has steadfastly refused to negotiate with House Republicans on funding the government, and the end result could be defaulting on US debts. Some are calling the President petulant, others simply call him childish and self absorbed.

VA Chief: Shutdown threatens Nov. benefit payments

Washington - Just in time for Veterans' Day on Nov. 11, the Republicans in the House of Representatives are prepared to deliver a little extra surprise to the men and women who served this nation in uniform and suffered injuries related to that service.

Obama to GOP: End 'threats' before we will negotiate

Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he is more than willing to negotiate on budget issues but not until Republicans agree to re-open the federal government and eliminate the threat of default — with no strings attached.
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In his weekly address on Saturday  President Obama urged Congress to find common ground before next ...
In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama urged Congress to find common ground before next Friday in order to avoid a government shutdown.
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With more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff—equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft ...
With more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff—equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power—Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.
An illustration depicting the 2013 U.S. government shutdown
An illustration depicting the 2013 U.S. government shutdown
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Washington: Protest of the partial government shutdown
Washington: Protest of the partial government shutdown
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Fox News host Anna Kooiman claimed that President Obama has  has offered to pay out of his own pocke...
Fox News host Anna Kooiman claimed that President Obama has "has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture." But the story came from a parody website.
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A US border patrol truck is seen next to US President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes fro...
A US border patrol truck is seen next to US President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes from the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico
Falcon Heavy on the launch pad.
Falcon Heavy on the launch pad.

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