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Budget Deal Takes Shutdown and Default Off the Table

July 23, 2019 |

President Trump and congressional leaders announced Monday they had struck a critical debt and budget agreement. The deal amounts to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid politically dangerous tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default, the AP reports. The deal, announced by…
Newser

Judge Prevents Abortion Shutdown in Missouri

June 1, 2019 |

A Missouri judge issued an order Friday ensuring the state’s only abortion clinic can continue providing the service, acting just hours before the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility’s license was set to expire, per the AP . The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had not renewed the clinic’s license,…
Newser

Government Shutdown May Have Killed a Mob Boss

March 8, 2019 |

“Carmine Persico was born in August 1933 and killed his first human being in 1951, before his 18th birthday,” prosecutors once said. That violent life story ended Thursday when Persico, who was serving a 139-year prison sentence, died in hospice care, the New York Post reports. He was 85. The…
Newser

Southwest Air stock drops on $60-million hit from U.S. government shutdown

February 21, 2019 |

Southwest Airlines Co.’s stock price slid after warning that the U.S. government shutdown hit sales harder than previously estimated.

The political stalemate that ended last month will reduce first-quarter revenue by $ 60 million as the aftereffects linger, Southwest said in a regulatory filing…


L.A. Times – Business

New Shutdown Impasse Isn’t About a Wall

February 11, 2019 |

Don’t look now, but the three-week reprieve that ended the recent government shutdown expires this week. If negotiators can’t reach a deal before midnight Friday, a new shutdown begins, notes CNBC . What’s worse, talks aren’t going well . This time around, the big sticking point isn’t about money for a border…
Newser

Border-Security Funding Talks Stall as Shutdown Looms

February 11, 2019 |

Negotiations over a bipartisan deal for border-security funding have stalled, aides familiar with the talks and other officials said, raising the specter of another government shutdown at the end of this week.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Tax refunds trickle slowly after shutdown stalled IRS for weeks

February 9, 2019 |

The IRS sent out fewer refund payments in the first week of the tax season compared with the same period in 2018 as the agency struggled to recover from a government shutdown that hampered tax officials’ ability to prepare.

The Internal Revenue Service sent out about 4.67 million tax refunds in…


L.A. Times – Business

Marc Thiessen: Yes, Trump lost the shutdown. Here’s the one way he can get his leverage back

January 31, 2019 |

Right now, Democrats have a winning hand when it comes to a border wall. But when it comes to border security, Trump essentially has carte blanche
FOX News

Joshua Trees’ Recovery From Shutdown May Take Centuries

January 30, 2019 |

Park rangers furloughed during the 35-day government shutdown are back to work at Joshua Tree National Park with plenty of damage to repair. With a sharply reduced crew at work during the shutdown, “a few vandals or people acting out of ignorance” took vehicles off road, knocked over gates and…
Newser

How the House-Senate Conference Committee aims to avert another shutdown

January 30, 2019 |

The linchpin to avoiding another government shutdown in mid-February is a House-Senate conference committee on border security which publicly convenes Wednesday afternoon. Either the sides work out a deal or there is a serious risk of a government shutdown in a few weeks.
FOX News