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Here's how a government shutdown could affect you
Willard/iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- So the government shut down at 12:01 a.m. EST on Saturday after lawmakers unsuccessfully brokered a plan to continue government funding into next week. But how will various branches and agencies of the federal government respond? Below, a primer of what to expect:Some historyThere have been 12 shutdowns since 1981, ranging in duration from a single day to 21 days, according to the Congressional Research Service. The last shutdown happened in 2013 and lasted 16 days.Nearly 800,000 federal employees were out of work without pay. In addition, more than a million other working employees had their paychecks...
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Government shutdown begins
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The federal government has officially shut down on the one-year anniversary that Donald Trump was sworn in as president.Senators remained huddled on the chamber floor trying to broker a short-term plan to continue government funding into next week, but no deal appeared imminent.The White House placed the blame squarely with Democrats."Senate Democrats own the 'Schumer Shutdown'," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform."Senate leaders took to the floor and...
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As shutdown looms, hundreds of key agency posts are still vacant under Trump
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- As a candidate, Donald Trump would often pitch himself to voters by citing his experience managing a vast business empire — saying he hires only “the best people.”But nearly a year into his presidency, and as a potential government shutdown looms, hundreds of key posts in his administration remain vacant — raising questions about whether essential government operations have taken a hit due to the scaling back of what Trump has called a “bloated federal bureaucracy.”Trump often blames Democrats for stalling the confirmation process, slamming them as “obstructionists.”“Dems are taking forever to approve my people, including Ambassadors,”...
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DOJ files intent to retry corruption case against NJ Senator Bob Menendez
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEWARK, N.J.) -- The Department of Justice on Friday filed a motion of intent to retry the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., after the first trial ended in a hung jury last November.According to documents filed with the district court in New Jersey, the Justice Department is seeking the “earliest possible date” for a retrial against Menendez, saying in the filing that "an early retrial date is in the best interests of the public."Reacting to the news, Menendez’s office released a defiant statement, saying they fully expect the senator to be vindicated in any...
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Trump shares support for 'March for Life' attendees in speech from afar
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump expressed his support for the pro-life "March for Life" in a speech from the White House Friday, applauding what he called an "incredible movement" and thanking those in attendance for embodying the theme of the march: "Love saves lives."The president, who delivered his address from the Rose Garden as rallygoers at the March for Life watched on video screens just a few blocks away on the National Mall, was the first sitting president to address the gathering, which is in its 45th year."I want to thank every person here today and all across our...
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Americans more likely to blame Trump, Republicans if government shuts down: Poll
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds substantially greater Republican risk in a government shutdown, with Americans by a 20-point margin saying they’re more likely to blame Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress than the congressional Democrats if one occurs. Forty-eight percent in the national survey say they’d blame Trump and the GOP, vs. 28 percent who’d blame the Democrats in Congress. An additional 18 percent would blame both equally.See PDF for full results, charts and tables.As is often the case in Washington mud fights, political independents make the difference: They’re more likely to blame the...
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Trump ends first year without hosting any State Dinners
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Pageantry and politics mix at the White House at those most festive of evenings when the president rolls out the red carpet to host a foreign head of state at the presidential mansion for an official state dinner. But in a break with precedent, the Trump White House has yet to use the power of the Oval Office to its full social and diplomatic advantage by feting a foreign leader with the honor of a state dinner.Almost every other president in the last century hosted at least one such affair during the first years of their presidency...
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House passes stopgap spending bill, Senate fate uncertain
Credit: Architect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- The House a cleared a must-pass bill Thursday night to fund the government through Feb. 16, sending the measure to the Senate as lawmakers scramble to avoid a government shutdown amid a fight over the fate of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.The measure passed by a 230-197 vote, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats in voting against the measure.Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus largely backed the measure, after spending much of the day in negotiations with the White House and GOP leaders over concerns about military funding levels and the...
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Nancy Pelosi will 'werk' as a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars'
Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic (NEW YORK) -- Nancy Pelosi is being put to "werk." The House Democratic Leader is a guest judge on the drag queen competition show "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" during the upcoming season, which kicks off on VH1 on Jan. 25. Pelosi has already taped her appearance. All I can say is, you betta werk! Had a fabulous time with @RuPaul and good luck to all the queens. #DragRace," Pelosi tweeted ThursdayPelosi is in good company: Past guest judges include Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and upcoming guest judges include Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Chenoweth and Vanessa Williams. The...
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Service members punished for bringing women back to Panama hotel during Pence trip
Sara D. Davis/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Four U.S. service members who were removed from Vice President Mike Pence's communications team after bringing women back to their Panama hotel rooms in August have been punished. Three Army soldiers have received General Officer Memorandums of Reprimand, Army spokeswoman Adrienne Combs told ABC News. The reprimand can impact promotions, reenlistment, or retirements, if a review board evaluates the soldier's personnel filed, she said. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek confirms one airman involved received "appropriate administrative action." "Due to the Privacy Act we do not discuss personnel actions or information about individual Airmen," Stefanek...
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Justice Department asks Supreme Court to allow administration to end DACA
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department on Thursday night asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case and resolve the dispute this term -- in an effort to move forward with the termination of the program. An "immediate review is warranted," by the Supreme Court, reads the DOJ petition. "The district court has entered a nationwide injunction that requires DHS to keep in place a policy of non-enforcement that no one contends is required by federal law and that DHS has determined is, in fact, unlawful and should be discontinued," the petition continues....
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Bannon tells Congress he called Trump Tower meeting 'unpatriotic': Sources
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told congressional investigators that the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton was “unpatriotic,” a private acknowledgement of comments he’s tried to publicly distance himself from, according to sources familiar with his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week.Bannon, according to Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, said the meeting attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then campaign chairman Paul Manafort was “treasonous” and...
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