(Reuters) - A shutdown of about a quarter of the U.S. government reached its 18th day on Tuesday, with lawmakers and the White House divided over Republican President Donald Trump’s demand for money for a border wall ahead of his prime-time address to push the project. The U.S. Capitol is seen beyond a traffic barrier during the partial government shutdown in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque The shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, is the 19th since the mid-1970s, although most have been brief. This one now ranks as the second-longest, with Trump saying it could continue for months or years, even as he said he hoped it was resolved within days. Border security negotiations last weekend between Vice President Mike Pence and congressional staff yielded no progress on a deal as Democrats continued to object to the wall. The current shutdown has not affected three-quarters of the government, including the Department of Defense and the Postal Service, … [Read more...] about Factbox: Impact on U.S. government widens on 18th day of shutdown
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SECTIONS Search E-edition Customer Service Customer Service About Us Contact Us FAQ Advertise Place Classified Ad Display Advertising Stay Connected Mobile & Apps Facebook Twitter E-mail RSS Feeds Archives My Subscription Activate Digital Subscription Manage Account Newsletters News News Local Crime Weather Education Marijuana California Nation/World Databases Special Reports Obituaries Sports Sports High Schools Outdoors Grizzlies MLB NBA NFL College Columnists David White Politics Politics Elections The California Influencer Series Political Notebook Fresno State Bulldogs Fresno State Bulldogs Football Basketball Entertainment Entertainment Calendar Movies Movie Times Music TV Theater & Arts Comics Puzzles & Games Dine Out … [Read more...] about As national parks buckle under shutdown weight, volunteer efforts and cash losses mount
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has another ambitious new bill. On the heels of her recent capitalism and anti-corruption bills, the Massachusetts Democrat introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at the perhaps less flashy yet nonetheless pressing issue of housing in the United States. Some advocates have called America’s shortage of affordable housing the greatest, overlooked crisis in the country. “Housing is the biggest expense for most working families — and costs for everyone, everywhere are skyrocketing,” Warren said in a statement. She’s not wrong. Additionally, at the same time as the price of buying or renting a home has surged due to the lack of supply, federal housing assistance programs have fallen behind. Warren’s bill, the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, tries to reverse both those trends. And while it’s unlikely to pass Congress anytime soon, the legislation spells out her views on fixing the housing crisis ahead of a potential … [Read more...] about 3 things to know about Elizabeth Warren’s new housing bill
Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post Published 5:02 pm PDT, Sunday, August 12, 2018 The largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers has been established to distribute $266 million from a landmark 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay for almost 20 years of official discrimination, court filings show. The class-action case settled for a total of $680 million, but far fewer people than expected made successful claims to the money, leaving $266 million to be distributed through the new Native American Agriculture Fund. The fund can spend the money at its discretion over the next 20 years under terms filed with a federal judge in Washington. If the judge had not approved creation of the trust, all of the leftover money would have been distributed in equal shares to nonprofits chosen by class attorneys in the lawsuit, an outcome all sides opposed once it became clear that the sum would be vast. The Native American … [Read more...] about Native American farm fund to start disbursing millions in civil rights case
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Rukmini Callimachi New York Times August 07, 2018 Asked why they had quit their office jobs and set off on a biking journey around the world, the young American couple offered a simple explanation: They had grown tired of the meetings and teleconferences, of the time sheets and password changes.“There’s magic out there, in this great big beautiful world,” wrote Jay Austin who, along with his girlfriend, Lauren Geoghegan, gave his two weeks’ notice last year before shipping his bicycle to Africa.They were often proved right. Advertisement On Day 319 of their journey, a Kazakh man stopped his truck, said hello and handed them ice cream bars. In a meadow where they had pitched their tent on Day 342, a family showed up with stringed instruments and treated them to an open-air concert. And on Day 359, two pigtailed girls met them at the … [Read more...] about An American couple found many moments of kindness while cycling the world. Then came Day 369.