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Government shutdown cost Southwest Airlines $50 million more than estimated

Southwest Airlines says the government shutdown will cost the company around $60 million in first-quarter revenue, up from its previous estimates of $10 million to $15 million.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited – this time over President Donald Trump’s plan …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Lawmakers have deal to avert shutdown, they say

Key lawmakers announced a tentative deal late Monday that would avert another government shutdown at the end of the week while denying President Donald Trump much of the money he’s …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Seal takeovers, downed trees: National parks clean up after shutdown

National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed …


House OKs 2.6 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a pay raise for civilian federal employees, a step that lawmakers said shows respect for a workforce that just endured a 35-day partial government …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Trump doubts negotiators will strike budget deal he’d accept

President Donald Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.”


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Shutdown projected to cause $3B permanent hit to economy

The federal government shutdown will cause slight permanent harm to the economy – about $3 billion – according to a report Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.


Aide says Trump OK with second shutdown over border spat

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says President Donald Trump is prepared for another government shutdown if Congress won’t give him border wall money


Dinosaurs, fossils and the experts who study them have all waited for an end to the shutdown

The government shutdown managed to shut even dinosaurs down – and no temporary reopening will undo the damage, scientists warn.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

‘Wheeeee!’ Some national parks open to visitors post-shutdown

Park rangers were once again greeting visitors at some national parks across the United States and flight operations at major airports were returning to normal on Saturday, one day after …


Fewer than half of 26,000 recalled IRS staff report to work

Fewer than half of 26,000 furloughed IRS employees who have been recalled to work during the government shutdown to handle tax returns and taxpayers’ questions have returned to their jobs …


The Latest: Congress set to act quickly to reopen government

Congress is expected to quickly pass legislation that would temporarily reopen the government after President Donald Trump announced a deal to end the record 35-day partial federal shutdown. Here’s a …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Trump’s retreat: Shutdown ends without wall money, for now

Submitting to mounting pressure amid growing disruption, President Donald Trump agreed to a deal Friday to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give …


FBI director says partial shutdown is ‘mind-boggling’

The director of the FBI says the partial government shutdown is “mind-boggling, it’s short-sighted, and it’s unfair.”


Airport disruptions bring new urgency to end gov’t shutdown

Intensifying delays at the nation’s airports and widespread disruptions across the federal government instilled new urgency Friday into efforts by President Donald Trump and Congress to bring a resolution to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 7:07 p.m.

Trump claims grocery stores, banks will give furloughed workers a break during shutdown

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that grocery stores and banks will give a break to the 800,000 federal workers who are without pay due to the partial government shutdown.


Southwest Airlines announces as much as $15 million loss from government shutdown

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that the ongoing government shutdown has cost the airline an estimated $10-$15 million in revenue.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Furloughed government workers will be owed $6 billion in back pay by end of this week

As furloughed federal workers endure their fifth week without pay in what is now the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history, their missed paychecks are adding up: A new …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

Week 5: House Dems float ‘21st Century’ border security plan

House Democrats are putting forward a new proposal to end the government shutdown, aiming to lure President Donald Trump away from his demand for a border wall by offering billions …


Food stamps absorb shutdown impact

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are being urged to budget their resources carefully after receiving their February benefits weeks earlier than usual.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over holiday weekend

The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week.


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 …


Shutdown leads to delays in lawsuits against government

During the longest-ever government shutdown, the federal judiciary has remained open, allowing the wheels of justice to keep turning in most criminal cases. But many civil cases have come to …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Working without pay, federal workers in Spokane start taking loans to pay bills

Joshua McPhee still reports to his federal air traffic controller job at the Spokane International Airport, but he isn’t getting a paycheck. Nothing on the national news makes the couple …


Sen. Mitch McConnell: Call H.R. 1 what it is: The Democrat Politician Protection Act

House Democrats won’t come to the table and negotiate to reopen government, but they’ve been hard at work angling for more control over what you can say about them and …


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.