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  • Senators forge deal to end government shutdown

    By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators struck a deal on Monday to lift a three-day government shutdown as Democrats agreed to end the standoff in exchange for President Donald Trump's Republicans promising a debate on the future of young illegal immigrants. Legislation to renew government funding easily cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate and was expected to pass both the Senate and House of Representatives, allowing government to reopen through Feb 8.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:23:20 -0500
  • FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

    In a decision expected to test the Trump administration's approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to claim its novel iQOS tobacco device is less harmful than cigarettes. IQOS is designed to heat tobacco but not burn it, and comes in a sleek package that would not look out of place in an Apple store. Most of the harmful chemicals in tobacco are released when tobacco is burned, forming the basis of Philip Morris's claim of a less-risky product.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:12 -0500
  • Pennsylvania court orders new congressional map due to gerrymandering

    Pennsylvania's top court on Monday threw out the state's congressional map, ruling that Republican legislators unlawfully sought partisan advantage, and gave them three weeks to rework it in a decision that could boost Democratic chances of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives. In a 5-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the electoral map violated the state Constitution by manipulating the district boundaries to minimize the voting power of Democratic voters, a practice called partisan gerrymandering. Democrats, who hold only five of the state's 18 congressional districts despite Pennsylvania being a closely divided electoral swing state, are hoping to regain control of the House in the November mid-term elections.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:19:05 -0500
  • Judge rejects Uber $3 million settlement with New York drivers

    In a decision on Friday, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn objected to a provision allowing the revival of breach of contract claims he had dismissed, so long as the settlement won final approval. Garaufis said the drivers could submit a revised settlement for approval. Drivers had accused Uber of accounting improperly for sales taxes and a "Black Car Fund" fee, which relates to workers' compensation, in fares when calculating service fees, thereby increasing the amounts owed.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:15:59 -0500
  • Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana

    (Reuters) - Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. "Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511," Scott said in a statement, referring to the measure by its legislative number.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:06:48 -0500
  • Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

    Five workers were missing on Monday after a gas explosion at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said. Five of 22 workers at the site were still listed as missing, said Kevin Enloe, director of the Pittsburg County Emergency Management Department. The search for the missing workers was ongoing, said a spokeswoman at the Pittsburg Sheriff's Department.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:56:31 -0500
  • Egypt dismisses report U.S. has banned cargo transport from Cairo airport

    Egypt’s aviation ministry said on Monday that reports of a new ban on all U.S.-bound cargo from Cairo airport are “inaccurate and old”, saying that a ban had been in place since 2015. Five Cairo airport and EgyptAir sources told Reuters earlier that the U.S.authorities have banned the transport of all cargo coming from Cairo International Airport destined for the United States. "There is positive cooperation with the U.S. authorities, in addition, Egypt is currently participating in the information program presented on shipments to prepare for lifting the ban permanently," the ministry statement said.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:44:25 -0500
  • U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security. The emergency amendment covers carriers in five countries flying out of seven airports and focuses "on last points of departure locations where the threat is greatest," TSA said in a statement. It comes as the Trump administration has been working to increase international airport security.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:44:25 -0500
  • U.S. government goes back to work after 'lunch break' shutdown

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Thousands of federal employees breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after U.S. senators reached a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, turning their brief time away from work into what one scientist described as a "lunch break." During shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Health scientist Tom Chapel, was among the large numbers of workers who spent the day at home, after being furloughed briefly from his job at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "It was essentially a lunch break," Chapel joked of the short amount of time he missed from work from the shutdown.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:42:20 -0500
  • Key senators want 'troublesome' intelligence measure out of spending bill

    U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders urged lawmakers on Monday to remove a provision from the agreement to end the government shutdown that would allow President Donald Trump's administration to spend intelligence money not explicitly authorized by Congress. Senators Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, and Mark Warner, its Democratic vice chairman, spoke in the Senate against the provision that they said could diminish lawmakers' oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies. Burr called the provision "troublesome." Burr and Warner spoke as lawmakers moved toward a final vote on legislation to renew federal funding to the government.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:42:20 -0500
  • Trump says to make immigration deal only if good for U.S.: White House

    President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would make a deal on immigration only if he sees it as beneficial for the country. "We'll make a long-term deal on immigration, if and only if it is good for the country," Trump said, according to a statement read to reporters by spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:34:25 -0500
  • Patterson-UTI says employees missing after Oklahoma rig fire

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Drilling contractor Patterson-UTI said some of its employees were missing on Monday after a fire at one of its drilling rigs in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:15:08 -0500
  • Man sent to prison for up to 60 years in Pennsylvania school stabbings

    A western Pennsylvania man was sentenced on Monday to up to 60 years in prison for stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard with two kitchen knives in a high school rampage in 2014. Alex Hribal, now 20, was 16 years old at the time of the attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (30 km) east of Pittsburgh. "I feel horrible about everything," Hribal said at the sentencing in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:11:14 -0500
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, mayor's corruption trial gets under way

    The mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania's third most-populous city, solicited bribes to fund an expected run for the U.S. Senate, prosecutors told a court on Monday, but the defense said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had falsely accused him. Edwin Pawlowski, a Democrat who was elected in November to his fourth term as mayor despite a sweeping "pay-to-play" indictment, went on trial in U.S. District Court in Allentown on 54 criminal counts, including bribery, conspiracy and fraud. Pawlowski and former Reading, Pennsylvania, Mayor Vaughn Spencer were charged in July in a long-running federal corruption investigation.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:58:22 -0500
  • Three USA Gymnastics board members resign in wake of sex abuse scandal

    Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday in the wake of its former team physician sexually abusing female gymnasts, a step the organization said would support its reform efforts. USA Gymnastics has been criticized by several of the sport's top gymnasts during the sentencing hearing of former team doctor Larry Nassar who pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts of molesting female gymnasts. About 160 victims were expected to make statements in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:50:52 -0500
  • Pence blames Democrats for U.S. shut down, welcomes reopening

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday welcomed news that U.S. senators voted to move forward on funding legislation that would reopen the federal government, blaming Democrats for the shutdown but saying they had failed. In Washington, the Senate ended a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security by voting on a deal that would fund the government until Feb. 8. "We welcome the news that thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump and House and Senate Republicans, the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is coming to an end," Pence said in a statement to reporters before a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:17:36 -0500
  • Reports of ban on U.S.-bound cargo from Cairo airport 'inaccurate and old': Egypt

    Egypt's aviation ministry said on Monday reports of a ban on all U.S.-bound cargo from Cairo airport were “inaccurate and old” saying the ban was in placed since 2015. "There is positive cooperation with the U.S. authorities, in addition, Egypt is currently participating in the information program presented on shipments to prepare for lifting the ban permanently," the statement said. Five Cairo airport and EgyptAir sources told Reuters earlier that the U.S. authorities had banned the transport of all cargo from Cairo International Airport destined for the United States.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:55:27 -0500
  • Illinois budget impasse cost state $1 billion in late payment penalties

    Illinois incurred $1.03 billion in late bill payment penalties last year largely as a result of the state's unprecedented two-year budget impasse, the state comptroller reported on Monday. The first monthly debt transparency report by Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza found Illinois ended 2017 with $9.246 billion in unpaid bills from vendors, service providers and others. This also included invoices held by state agencies and bills totaling $2.3 billion that still lack legislative appropriation.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:52:33 -0500
  • Kentucky accuses McKesson of helping fuel opioid epidemic

    Kentucky's attorney general on Monday accused drug distributor McKesson Corp of helping fuel the opioid epidemic by failing to halt shipments of suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers. The complaint by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was filed in a state court and was one of a flurry of lawsuits by states and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors seeking to hold them accountable for the U.S. epidemic. McKesson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:52:42 -0500
  • U.S. top court backs police over arrests at racy Washington party

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out almost $1 million in damages won by a group of partygoers in a civil rights lawsuit against Washington police stemming from a 2008 gathering in a vacant house featuring scantily clad women with money tucked in their garter belts. Partygoers had won a lawsuit accusing the city and police of violating their rights to be free of unreasonable search and seizure under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the court, said, "Most homeowners do not live in near-barren houses.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:38:35 -0500
  • Factbox: Effect on commodities markets due to U.S. government shutdown

    (Reuters) - Commodities markets were trading normally on Monday even though key regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will be operating with skeleton crews due to the U.S. government shutdown. During shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Private exchange operators are generally not affected, but weekly economic reports from the U.S. Energy Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), key for traders, have in the past been delayed until the government reopens.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:44:40 -0500
  • U.S. shutdown would pose 'small' drag on GDP: Morgan Stanley

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government shutdown, which was in its third day, would be a "relatively small" drag on the U.S. economic expansion in the first quarter, but the effects depend on how long it lasts, Morgan Stanley's analysts said on Monday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:12:57 -0500
  • U.S. shutdown seen a threat to economy, not rating: Moody's

    The U.S. government shutdown that began on Saturday is disruptive to the economy, but poses no immediate threat to its top notch Aaa rating as long as it makes its debt payments on time, Moody's Investors Service said on Monday. The federal shutdown, the first since 2013, would make it likely that the issue of raising the statutory borrowing limit will become part of the next round of budget negotiations in Washington, the rating agency said in a research note. "Although the shutdown will be credit negative for the sovereign to the extent that it disrupts the U.S. economy, it will not have any immediate implications for the U.S. government's credit rating," Moody's said.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:43:18 -0500
  • Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

    (Corrects ninth paragraph to say Yellowstone National Park is located mostly in Wyoming, not Montana) By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:16:26 -0500
  • Markets brush off U.S. government shutdowns

    U.S. government shutdowns, which hurt federal workers who go on furlough and taxpayers in need of federal services, have not caused major disruptions to financial markets in the past. Investors expect nothing different from the shutdown that could begin on Saturday. "It's more a political event than an economic one," said Alessio de Longis, portfolio manager with OppenheimerFunds' global multi-asset group in New York.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:52:55 -0500
  • Ferry service helps Alcatraz escape from government shutdown

    The lights are on at Alacatraz Island, the famous federal prison turned tourist destination in San Francisco Bay, even though the U.S. government has shut down. Private business is stepping up. Tour boat operator Hornblower Cruises & Events is subsidizing Golden Gate National Recreational Area, a park to which the Alcatraz Island belongs, to the tune of $48,000 for security personnel and utilities at Alcatraz over the next few days.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:02:21 -0500
  • Government still shut down on Monday as Senate fails to clinch deal

    A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation. The Senate set a vote for 12 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Monday on advancing a measure to provide temporary government funding through Feb. 8, end the shutdown and allow hundreds of thousands of federal employees to return to work. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered an olive branch to Democrats late on Sunday, pledging on the Senate floor to bring immigration legislation up for debate in February if the issue is still unresolved by then.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:46:09 -0500
  • Factbox: Impact of the U.S. government shutdown

    (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers struggled on Sunday to reach a breakthrough during the second day of a government shutdown. If Republicans and Democrats are unable to resolve their differences, federal agencies could remain partially closed when the work week begins on Monday. During shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:11:20 -0500
  • Senator Durbin: Leadership discussing path to immigration vote

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on Sunday that Senate leaders were discussing a "path" to a vote to provide legal protection for so-called Dreamers, young people who illegally immigrated to the United States as children. "There's a conversation obviously still going on about whether there's a path to getting a vote on the DACA-Dreamer issue," the No. 2 Senate Democrat told Reuters, adding that he did not know how far negotiations between Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer had advanced. ...

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:22:21 -0500
  • Senate Republican predicts U.S. government to remain shut Monday

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John Cornyn predicted on Sunday that the U.S. government would remain shut on Monday, as lawmakers meet to negotiate an end to the impasse, Fox News Channel reported.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:09:32 -0500
  • Factbox: Impact of the U.S. government shutdown

    If Republicans and Democrats are unable to resolve their differences, federal agencies could remain partially closed when the work week begins on Monday. During shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. The last shutdown, in October 2013, lasted more than two weeks and more than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:51:37 -0500
  • In Women's March finale, Las Vegas rally kicks off voter drive

    Thousands of protesters gathered for the Women's March "Power to the Polls" rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, kicking off a national drive to register a million new voters as well as put more female candidates in office and stymie President Donald Trump's agenda. The march came a day after hundreds of thousands of women and male supporters took to the streets of New York, Washington and other cities for a series of Women's March protests that marked the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration. The mass demonstrations, while drawing fewer attendees than the millions of people who marched last year, suggested that the anger felt by many women after Trump's surprise election was still palpable.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:50:02 -0500
  • Major highway reopened as California mudslides toll climbs to 21

    Torrential rains triggered the Jan. 9 mudslides, which injured dozens more people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of buildings around the affluent community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Cleanup crews had been working around the clock in 12-hour shifts, officials said, while ferry boats had been making commuter runs twice a day between Santa Barbara and Ventura to help residents trying to get to work. Search and rescue teams continued working with dogs on Sunday in Montecito to look for a two-year-old and a 17-year-old who are still missing, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:40:23 -0500
  • Republican Senator Flake says he hopes agreement soon to end government shutdown

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said on Sunday that he hoped Democratic and Republican party leaders would "agree to something soon" to end a federal government shutdown. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leader Mitch McConnell are working on a resolution and Flake told reporters he was hoping for "some sign of progress." (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Peter Cooney)

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:31:57 -0500
  • White House says working toward deal to reopen government

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Sunday with leaders in Congress and several members of his Cabinet about the impact of the federal government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We are continuing to work hard towards reopening the government and making sure our great military and their families, vulnerable children and the American people are being taken care of," she added. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Paul Simao)

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:47:15 -0500
  • Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:34:27 -0500
  • Collins: Moderates taking U.S. budget fix ideas to Senate leaders

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Sunday that a group of more than 20 moderates will present ideas for resolving the shutdown of the federal government to the Senate's leadership.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:41:57 -0500
  • Republican Senator Collins says as many as 20 colleagues want to end impasse

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moderate U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins said a substantial number of her colleagues are eager to find a way out of the government shutdown, but details of a deal are "in flux."

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:29:54 -0500
  • U.S. Senate's McConnell, Schumer to talk about shutdown: Cornyn

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chamber's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, plan to talk on Sunday about the government shutdown that began a day ago, Senate Republican whip John Cornyn said. Cornyn provided no details about whether the two would speak by phone or in person. "I know they're planning on having a conversation, which would be good," Cornyn told reporters in a Capitol hallway. "That strikes me as constructive. ...

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:24:39 -0500
  • U.S. House would accept bill funding government to Feb. 8: Ryan

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    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that the House of Representatives would accept a bill funding the government through Feb. 8 and ending the current shutdown of federal agencies if the Senate can pass the measure. "So we will see sometime today whether or not they have the votes for that (in the Senate)." Senate Republican leaders have said the chamber will vote on the measure to fund the government through Feb. 8 at 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) on Monday, unless Democrats agree to hold the vote sooner.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:06:02 -0500
  • Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

    U.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration. The Trump campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," on the anniversary of the Republican president's inauguration. It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:32:29 -0500
  • Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

    (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan's office said. Earlier Saturday, the New York Times published an article saying Meehan, 62, used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct claim from a former female aide who accused of making unwanted romantic overtures. Ryan told Meehan to repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle the case, the speaker's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:42:19 -0500
  • As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:40:20 -0500
  • First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

    By Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:55:49 -0500
  • Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

    U.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration. The Trump campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," on the anniversary of the Republican president's inauguration. It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:56:18 -0500
  • As parties battle over shutdown, Trump collects blame on Twitter

    By the time the deadline had passed without a deal and exhausted senators returned home to bed, #TrumpShutdown was fast becoming the top trending item on Twitter worldwide. In an early indication of who was being held responsible for the impasse in Washington, at least among users of the social networking site early on Saturday, that hashtag beat competitors including #DemocratShutdown and #GOPShutdown. "This will be called the #TrumpShutdown," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted after government funding expired.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:33:14 -0500
  • As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urging voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:13:20 -0500
  • Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopened

    By Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats help end the government shutdown. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:57:18 -0500
  • In New York, tourists left high and dry as Statue of Liberty shuts down

    By Chris Francescani and Ian Simpson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, learning the must-see destination was closed because of the U.S. government shutdown. The National Park Service announced on Friday afternoon that it would close the historic statue and nearby Ellis Island to visitors if Congress failed to reach a funding deal by midnight. “If they knew it was being shut down, they should have told us,” said Amparo Mendez, 17.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:57:18 -0500
  • Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?

    In shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that all unpaid workers received retroactive pay. The Trump administration would support a similar measure, a senior administration official said on Friday.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:42:58 -0500
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