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January 7, 2019

1-7-2019 Another week ends with no shutdown resolution (Vox)

  • In the first week of the new year, the federal government has remained partially shut down as President Donald Trump refuses to sign a spending deal that doesn’t include $5 billion for a wall at the US-Mexico border. [Vox / Li Zhou
  • Trump reportedly told Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he’s ready to keep the government shut down for months or even years if necessary. [USA Today / David Jackson and Michael Collins
  • Trump also said that, if he doesn’t get his way, he may try to declare a national emergency to build the wall. It’s not clear if and how Trump could do that. [Washington Post / Seung Min Kim, Erica Werner, and Josh Dawsey
  • People are already feeling the effects of the shutdown. Not only are tens of thousands of federal workers going without pay (even as some of them are expected to work), but there are other problems with government services too — like the Washington, DC, Marriage Bureau closing down. [Washington Post / Fenit Nirappil
  • National parks, meanwhile, are getting trashed. [Visalia Times-Delta / Calley Cederlof
  • The longer the shutdown goes on for, the worse it will get. For example, 2018 tax refunds could be delayed if the shutdown lasts past mid-January. [Vox / German Lopez

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