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Source: Global News

‘Shut Down the Wall, Open the Government’ day of action set for Jan. 29

Today 07:01 GMT

With U.S. President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address, set for Jan. 29, blocked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid a government shutdown, activists are joining up for a “day of action” aimed at stopping the administration’s push to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Shut Down the Wall, Open the Government is being organized by activist groups MoveOn and Indivisible and is set to take place on the same day that the president was supposed to deliver his address to a joint session of Congress.

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Source: The Guradian

Pelosi tells Trump she will block State of the Union address in House

Today 07:01 GMT

Nancy Pelosi has told Donald Trump she will block him from delivering his State of the Union address in the House chamber until the government has reopened.

A joint address in the House chamber, in front of lawmakers from both parties, the supreme court justices and invited guests, provides the kind of grand backdrop that is hard to mimic and that this president, especially, enjoys.

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Source: Global News

Donald Trump’s approval rating hits all-time low amid shutdown: poll

Today 07:01 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump‘s approval rating has slumped to an all-time low amid the current government shutdown, which is now the longest in the country’s history.

WATCH: Trump says construction of border wall would reduce crime in the U.S. by 50 per cent. Another poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press showed that the shutdown is dragging the president’s approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year.

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Source: Fox News

DC church offers help, hugs to workers affected by government shutdown: 'We will all get through it'

Today 07:01 GMT

On Monday, the church brought in agencies helping those affected by the partial government shutdown and offered money, help and hugs to furloughed workers.

CHURCH HELPS FEED GOVERNMENT WORKERS DURING SHUTDOWN: 'WHEN OUR COMMUNITY HURTS, WE HURT'. Jaqi Wright and Nikki Howard, who call themselves the “Furlough Sisters,” started a dessert business, specializing in “Furlough cheesecake,” which they operate out of a home and it goes as quickly as they can make it.

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Source: Fox News

GOP lawmaker dubs State of the Union tussle 'a new low for American politics'

Today 07:01 GMT

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision not to invite Trump to deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber next week, calling it a “new low for American politics.”

Sen. Mark Warner, D–Va., when ask by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Wednesday about Pelosi’s letter, responded, “I’m going to leave that to those folks on that tit for tat,” Though he acknowledged a need to bolster border security, he said the shutdown needs to end first.

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Source: The Guradian

Wednesday US briefing: Senate to vote on bills that could end shutdown

Today 08:04 GMT

Whether either bill can pass remains to be seen, but their introduction marks the first sign of legislative movement amid the shutdown, now in its 33rd day.

A Republican-backed measure would include the $5.7bn in funding for a southern border wall demanded by Donald Trump, while a bill brought by Democrats would extend funding for government agencies until 8 February to allow further time for negotiations.

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Source: Global News

Lara Trump tells unpaid gov’t workers to endure ‘a little bit of pain’ for the greater good

Today 07:01 GMT

Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump and a campaign adviser with the president’s 2020 re-election bid, said that while she empathized with furloughed workers’ plight, they could take solace in the fact that they’re making life easier for future generations.

The shutdown started on Dec. 22, with President Trump demanding $5.7 billion to erect a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and Democratic lawmakers refusing to approve it.

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Source: The Guradian

Air traffic controllers' union issues dire safety warning over shutdown

Today 07:01 GMT

Union leaders representing air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants issued an urgent warning on Wednesday that the month-long government shutdown was threatening safety and security of the nation’s air travel system.

In the joint statement, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association president, Paul Rinaldi, the Air Line Pilots Association president, Joe DePete, and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA president, Sara Nelson, described a “growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines, and the traveling public due to the government shutdown”. The union leaders said staffing at air traffic control facilities was at a “30-year low” as the rate of employee callouts continued to rise.

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Source: Reuters

U.S. government shutdown to crimp growth, recession risk steady:...

Today 07:01 GMT

U.S. economic growth will take a hit this quarter from the longest-ever government shutdown, keeping the Federal Reserve on the sidelines until at least its April 30-May 1 meeting, a Reuters poll of economists showed.

The probability of a U.S. recession in the next 12 months held steady from last month at 20 percent, according to the median forecast, while the chance of a recession in the next two years was also steady at a median 40 percent.

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Source: Fox News

Ocasio-Cortez challenged over claim that shutdown prevents her from opening district office

Today 07:01 GMT

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still doesn’t have a regional office, and she says it’s because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

WHO IS ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ? 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW YORK CONGRESSWOMAN. The General Services Administration, which helps with the offices, told the newspaper it could not deliver supplies to a district office that hasn’t opened, but its services in terms of helping set up an office have not been hindered by the shutdown.

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Source: Common Domain

FBI Agents Group Warns Shutdown Imperils Investigations

Wednesday 21:50 GMT

The partial government shutdown is hindering federal law-enforcement operations, the organization representing thousands of FBI special agents said, limiting investigators’ ability to pay confidential informants and witnesses at criminal trials and curbing the bureau’s ability to hire translators, paralegals and other support personnel.

“The FBI needs to be fully funded so that we can do our jobs—stop terrorist attacks, prevent criminal activity, arrest bad guys,” said FBI special agent Thomas O’Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association.

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Source: Fox News

Partial government shutdown turns off taps for many craft breweries

Wednesday 19:05 GMT

For the past month they, like other craft brewery owners, have been on edge as the federal government shutdown has turned off the tap for many breweries across the nation.

SMALL BUSINESS BEER DISTRIBUTOR LOSES UPWARDS OF $2K/ DAY OVER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN . “Uncertainty is going to cause small and independent breweries to not hire people, cancel seasonal releases, or – even more frightening – lay off workers,” said Pease.

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Source: Common Domain

Political drama is putting a lid on the stock market, Goldman analysts say

Wednesday 19:05 GMT

According to Goldman Sachs analysts led by David Kostin, this rally from oversold conditions is masking the effect that the shutdown and uncertainty over trade policy is having on stock prices— absent these headwinds, Kostin argued, valuations would be higher today.

Despite the stock market’s recent buoyancy, Kostin argued that stock valuations would be higher if levels of policy uncertainty were at more normal levels.

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Source: Fox News

TSA employee callouts rise as partial shutdown enters another week

Monday 15:25 GMT

TSA employees are among the 420,000 essential federal workers who are still working, despite not receiving a paycheck due to the shutdown.

The agency implemented a contingency plan at Baltimore Washington International Airport on Saturday due to “excessive callouts,” it said, closing a checkpoint until further notice. The TSA was created in November 2001, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, when former President George W. Bush signed into law the Aviation and Transportation Security Act.

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Source: Common Domain

Air Travel Remains Safe During Shutdown, Data Show

Wednesday 12:40 GMT

U.S. aviation officials have compiled data that statistically support, for the first time, Trump administration statements that the partial government shutdown hasn’t jeopardized air-traffic-control safety.

The data, according to one person briefed on the details, indicate that serious traffic-control deviations—incidents of planes coming dangerously close to each other in the air or on the ground—have remained flat from levels a year ago.


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