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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Federal workers could get unemployment payments during a shutdown

Federal employees forced to work during a shutdown without pay would be eligible for unemployment benefits in Washington under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

At 31-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse Sunday than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his …


McConnell’s maneuvers take backseat to Trump in shutdown

The Republican leader has been conspicuously deferential to Trump since the shutdown began. He’s waiting on the president and Democrats to make a deal to end it. The result is …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Trump plans to make ‘major announcement’ on shutdown, border

President Donald Trump said he’ll be making a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for trip abroad

It took President Donald Trump one day to flex his executive power back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, denying her an aircraft to visit troops abroad in apparent response to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Forest managers: Fire mitigation efforts could fall behind if federal shutdown continues

Washington’s forest managers are waiting anxiously for the federal government to reopen.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

High drama, few results as Trump warns of ‘long’ shutdown

The White House ran quickly into the limits of trying to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi in shutdown negotiations when rank-and-file House Democrats declined an invitation to lunch Tuesday with President …


Seattle’s unpaid air traffic controllers get special delivery from their Canadian counterparts

Last week, Canadian air traffic controllers started buying pizzas for their American counterparts who are working but not getting paid due to the continued federal government shutdown, now the longest …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

A Republican lawmaker close to Trump says he’s pushing Trump to reopen government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before taking …


Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

As salmon spawn, eagles return in numbers to Lake Coeur d’Alene

Every year, hundreds of bald eagles stop at the lake between November and February to catch spawning kokanee salmon as the birds migrate south.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Shutdown blame debated by Washington’s Congressional delegation

The halls of the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse were mostly quiet and dark Monday morning, with a few exceptions. While the federal criminal justice system and immigration services were …


Federal Furlough Expensive President Tells Work Force Another Shutdown Possible

Last week’s six-day partial shutdown of the federal government could cost taxpayers as much as $800 million, the White House said Wednesday. And President Clinton told the federal work force …


It’ll Be A Short Day For Some Budget Standoff Translates To Furlough For Fairchild Civilian Workers, Others

The planes will keep flying, the courts will keep sentencing and the mail will go through. But by noon today, hundreds of federal workers in the Inland Northwest might be …