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Marc A. Thiessen: Trump shouldn’t be forcing Republicans to choose fidelity to him or to the Constitution

If the goal is to build a border wall, then President Trump has made the wrong decision at every turn. In early 2018, Trump had the opportunity to secure $25 …


Aaron Blake: Trump’s national emergency, and its massive unintended consequences

President Trump’s announced intention to declare a national emergency to build a wall on our southern border allows everyone an escape hatch in the near term, but the long-term unintended …


Shutdown halted crash probes, could cost critical evidence

The 35-day partial government shutdown stopped the National Transportation Safety Board from dispatching investigators to 22 accidents that killed 32 people, jeopardizing some perishable evidence, the agency said Monday.


End of shutdown still leaves contract workers hanging

Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

End of shutdown still leaves contract workers hanging

Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more …


Kathleen Parker: Let them eat cake

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” he inadvertently foreshadowed the government shutdown of 2018-19.


Smaller government? Some Trump supporters cheer the shutdown

Donald Trump didn’t carry many parts of Texas’ heavily Democratic areas along the border with Mexico, but he won remote Hudspeth County thanks to people like Terry Rose. And the …


Patricia Murphy: The shutdown is exactly what voters asked for

For the past 20 years, Americans have voted for exactly this – fighting, intransigence, and leaders who have made a habit of specifically promising to fight and not back down.


Failure to launch: Central Valley grad’s NASA internship delayed because of shutdown

Josh Ross, a 2014 Central Valley High School graduate, has been helping with a NASA project destined for Mars. The partial government shutdown has grounded his work.


Trudy Rubin: The parallel paralyses of a Brexiting Britain and a shutdown America

The two great Anglo-Saxon democracies have sharp structural differences – a parliamentary party system versus a constitutional republic – yet both have ground to a screeching halt.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Senate rejects rival Dem, GOP plans for reopening government

A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales

Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.


Hundreds of IRS workers skip work, citing hardship

Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expect that number …


Unpaid air traffic controllers at Spokane airport try to draw attention to their shutdown plight

About a dozen air traffic controllers fanned out around the airport between 1 and 5 p.m., handing out pamphlets describing their work and encouraging travelers to call U.S. Rep. Cathy …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 2 p.m.

Senate set to vote on 2 competing plans to end shutdown

Senate leaders reached an agreement Tuesday to vote this week on two competing proposals to end the government shutdown, including President Donald Trump’s plan to have Congress pay for the …


Robert B. Reich: The shutdown and the dismal failure of Trumponomics

One of the least-talked-about consequences of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government is its negative effect on the U.S. economy.


TSA checkpoint worker no-shows peak at 10 percent

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


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

As global recession fears grow, calls escalate for Trump to end shutdown and trade war

Calls are growing louder for President Donald Trump to end the trade war and government shutdown as fresh evidence pours in that businesses and consumers are losing faith in the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposal; Dems dismiss it as ‘non-starter’

In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women’s March returns

The Women’s March returned to Washington on Saturday and found itself coping with an ideological split and an abbreviated route due to the government shutdown.


I run a Yosemite gift shop. We’re still open, Ann Coulter.

The reality is that “the wall” has become a symbol more than a policy, and that symbolism resonates with everyone in the country – for or against. Meanwhile, the Ansel …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:46 p.m.

Spokane’s National Weather Service employees feeling strain of government shutdown

Patience is wearing thin at the National Weather Service office in Spokane as its 25 employees remain unpaid and their jobs continue to be restricted by the longest federal government …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: ‘No one benefits’ from shutdown, parties should deal on immigration and border security

The congresswoman told reporters Friday that the partial government shutdown, now concluding its fourth week, provided an opportunity for lawmakers to strike a deal on border security and immigration reform, …


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 …


Local farm offices to open briefly during shutdown

Three Eastern Washington offices of the Farm Service Agency will reopen Thursday, Friday and Tuesday to assist producers and ranchers with existing loans and tax preparation amid the partial government …


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 …