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Pullman community leaders stand with DACA

Edmund Schweitzer, a second-generation electrical engineer and inventor, who runs Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman, is photographed April 19, 2016. Schweitzer’s signature appeared along with those of many other influential business owners in an open letter Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, urging Congress to extend Obama-era protections for so-called dreamers. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories President Edmund Schweitzer III’s signature appeared along with those of many other influential business owners – including Apple and Amazon CEOs Tim Cook and Mark Bezos – in an open letter Monday urging Congress to extend Obama-era protections for so-called dreamers.

5 killed as gunmen battle security forces at Kabul hotel

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Security forces stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says that a group of gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. (Massoud Hossaini / AP)
An Afghan official says at least five civilians have been killed after gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and have been fighting security forces for 11 hours into Sunday morning.

Pre-Olympic visits back on after quickly-reversed cancellation

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Visitors tour in front of a wire fence, hanging ribbons with messages wishing for reunification of the two Koreas and national flags at the Imjingak Pavilion on Jan. 17, 2018, in Paju, South Korea. The two Koreas are meeting Wednesday for the third time in about 10 days to continue their discussions on Olympics cooperation, days ahead of talks with the IOC on North Korean participation in the upcoming Winter Games in the South. (Lee Jin-man / Associated Press)
North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month’s Winter Olympics.

Congressman denies allegation in misconduct claim he settled

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa. speaks on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2013 in Washington. House Speaker Paul Ryan ordered an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, after the New York Times reported that Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)
House Speaker Paul Ryan ordered an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday after the New York Times reported U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures

Shutdown challenges Trump’s dealmaker branding

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a town hall with business leaders in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex April 4, 2017 in Washington. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess.

Government shutdown: What’s closed, who’s affected

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is shown March 22, 2013 in Washington. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they’ll be able to return to work and how long they’ll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.

Signs of government shutdown spotty but symbolic

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

A United States Park Police officer post a sign informing of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closing at an entrance to the ferry, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. The National Park Service announced the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be closed Saturday “due to a lapse in appropriations.” (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)
Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors.

Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney listens to a question during a news briefing at the White House, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Washington. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump’s budget chief Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn’t mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House.

Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just ‘a blip’

The Library of Congress posts a sign letting people know is closed due the shutdown of the government on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Capitol in Washington. The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations. (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy.

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