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White House says working toward deal to reopen government
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Sunday with leaders in Congress and several members of his Cabinet about the impact of the federal government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We are continuing to work hard towards reopening the government and making sure our great military and their families, vulnerable children and the American people are being taken care of," she added. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Paul Simao)
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:47:15 -0500
In Women's March finale, Las Vegas rally kicks off voter drive
News ImageThousands of protesters gathered for the Women's March "Power to the Polls" rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, kicking off a national drive to register a million new voters as well as put more female candidates in office and stymie President Donald Trump's agenda. The march came a day after hundreds of thousands of women and male supporters took to the streets of New York, Washington and other cities for a series of Women's March protests that marked the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration. The mass demonstrations, while drawing fewer attendees than the millions of people who marched last year, suggested that the anger felt by many women after Trump's surprise election was still palpable.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:43:26 -0500
Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed
News ImageBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:34:27 -0500
Collins: Moderates taking U.S. budget fix ideas to Senate leaders
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Sunday that a group of more than 20 moderates will present ideas for resolving the shutdown of the federal government to the Senate's leadership.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:41:57 -0500
Republican Senator Collins says as many as 20 colleagues want to end impasse
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moderate U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins said a substantial number of her colleagues are eager to find a way out of the government shutdown, but details of a deal are "in flux."
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:29:54 -0500
U.S. Senate's McConnell, Schumer to talk about shutdown: Cornyn
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chamber's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, plan to talk on Sunday about the government shutdown that began a day ago, Senate Republican whip John Cornyn said. Cornyn provided no details about whether the two would speak by phone or in person. "I know they're planning on having a conversation, which would be good," Cornyn told reporters in a Capitol hallway. "That strikes me as constructive. ...
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:24:39 -0500
U.S. House would accept bill funding government to Feb. 8: Ryan
News ImageU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that the House of Representatives would accept a bill funding the government through Feb. 8 and ending the current shutdown of federal agencies if the Senate can pass the measure. "So we will see sometime today whether or not they have the votes for that (in the Senate)." Senate Republican leaders have said the chamber will vote on the measure to fund the government through Feb. 8 at 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) on Monday, unless Democrats agree to hold the vote sooner.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:06:02 -0500
Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration. The Trump campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," on the anniversary of the Republican president's inauguration. It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:32:29 -0500
Republican congressman removed from ethics committee
News Image(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan's office said. Earlier Saturday, the New York Times published an article saying Meehan, 62, used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct claim from a former female aide who accused of making unwanted romantic overtures. Ryan told Meehan to repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle the case, the speaker's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:42:19 -0500
As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests
News ImageBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal, actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:40:20 -0500
First day of government shutdown ends in standoff
News ImageBy Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:55:49 -0500
Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration. The Trump campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," on the anniversary of the Republican president's inauguration. It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:56:18 -0500
As parties battle over shutdown, Trump collects blame on Twitter
News ImageBy the time the deadline had passed without a deal and exhausted senators returned home to bed, #TrumpShutdown was fast becoming the top trending item on Twitter worldwide. In an early indication of who was being held responsible for the impasse in Washington, at least among users of the social networking site early on Saturday, that hashtag beat competitors including #DemocratShutdown and #GOPShutdown. "This will be called the #TrumpShutdown," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted after government funding expired.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:33:14 -0500
As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests
News ImageBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urging voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal, actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:13:20 -0500
In New York, tourists left high and dry as Statue of Liberty shuts down
News ImageBy Chris Francescani and Ian Simpson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, learning the must-see destination was closed because of the U.S. government shutdown. The National Park Service announced on Friday afternoon that it would close the historic statue and nearby Ellis Island to visitors if Congress failed to reach a funding deal by midnight. If they knew it was being shut down, they should have told us, said Amparo Mendez, 17.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:57:18 -0500
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