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Trump declares he’ll ‘never back down’ in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON – With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat Monday, declaring he would “never ever …


Government shutdown threaten’s Idaho’s hatchery-based steelhead season

In a frantic letter to Gov. Brad Little, the Idaho Conservation League calls attention to the federal government shutdown threatening Idaho’s ability to keep hatchery-based steelhead season open.


Nerd Wallet: What the government shutdown means for your mortgage

The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Pence’s pickle: How to bargain when no one speaks for Trump

The vice president has been one of the administration’s most visible emissaries during the shutdown fight, meeting with lawmakers, sitting for interviews and leading staff-level talks.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Trump tweets into the void as shutdown sets record

As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Federal workers in Spokane receive help as paychecks held

Employment statistics show there are more than 6,000 federal employees living and working in the Inland Northwest, many of whom are waking up Friday without a paycheck. Local lending institutions …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: End the shutdown with a new deal on border security and DACA

Congress and the president should reopen the government by striking a new deal on border security and DACA, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said. But the Senate should vote again …


Experts say ‘national emergency’ for border wall probably wouldn’t survive legal challenge

It’s unclear how Congress, as a whole, would respond if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency in order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, an idea he …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Volunteers clean restrooms, take out trash in Yellowstone

Volunteers are picking up the slack at Yellowstone National Park during the government shutdown. This weekend, about 10 residents of Gardiner, Montana, cleaned up rest stops and removed garbage from …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

Getting There: Local transportation officials fear ‘ripple effect’ from ongoing federal shutdown

It’s been more than a week since the federal government went dark.


Trump orders pay freeze for federal workers

President Donald Trump issued an order Friday to freeze federal employee salary rates at current levels in 2019, although a chance remains that employees will still receive a raise.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

Short on solutions, long on blame in second shutdown weekend

President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ …


Yellowstone guides handling some duties with govt shutdown

Snowmobile and snow coach guides are handling some duties in Yellowstone National Park during the partial shutdown of the federal government. The park’s gates are still open, so snowmobile and …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Paul Waldman: Shutdown’s end depends entirely on Trump’s hurt feelings

As the government shutdown drags on, everyone seems dug in to their position. So how does this end? The answer will depend, unfortunately, on President Donald Trump’s feelings.


Sen. Mark Warner: Federal workers are not Democrats – or poker chips

The president who declared that he would be “proud” to shut down the government is holding one-quarter of the federal government’s agencies hostage – in the process treating 800,000 federal …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

Three days, maybe four. That’s how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he’s struggling.


Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ government will reopen

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. …


Trump tweets he’s alone at White House waiting for Dems deal

President Donald Trump was meeting with his Homeland Security secretary and other officials on Monday to discuss border security issues as a partial government shutdown over his U.S.-Mexico border wall …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Partial shutdown begins amid border wall fight

White House negotiators left the Capitol late Friday, and the House and Senate adjourned without a spending deal, all but ensuring a partial government shutdown at midnight with President Donald …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Trump signs spending plan, avoiding government shutdown

President Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill on Friday to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to …


What to know about the overnight budget shutdown

While you were sleeping, Congress was shutting down the government – and then reopening it – in a familiar display of dysfunction. It’s the second time this year lawmakers have …


House GOP plans stopgap spending bill with Pentagon funding

House Republican leaders have come out with a plan to keep the government open for six more weeks while Washington grapples with a potential follow-up budget pact and, perhaps, immigration …


Robert J. Samuelson: The shutdown solved nothing

Washington’s recent return to operations left some very big issues unresolved, but that’s no surprise.


As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another

The swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown set the stage for hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return today, Tuesday, but some say they fear they …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Sequel to Trump’s first year opens with crises, unease

The sequel to President Donald Trump’s first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Shutdown continues into workweek, as Senate talks drag on

The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal …


Eric Cantor: Shutdown shows both parties are governing in a fantasy land

The root causes of today’s shutdown are the same as they were in 2013: a desire to govern in a reality that doesn’t exist.


Government shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference …


Shutdown challenges Trump’s dealmaker branding

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 …


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

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 …