Right now, it's unclear how long the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government will continue. The shutdown began at midnight Friday after President Donald Trump rejected a congressional budget compromise, and Trump has suggested that it could last a "very long" time unless he gets funding for his border wall. To those outside the United States, it's often a difficult battle to understand -- few other nations have comparable crises in reaction to domestic funding disputes. But even if the shutdown is a distinctly American phenomenon, its effect will be felt internationally in three big ways. 1. People The U.S. government employs thousands of people around the world -- people who work at U.S. embassies may be the most obvious examples. Generally, the people whose work is most vital to national security and the safety of human life are considered "excepted" and are required to work through the shutdown, instead of being put on unpaid furlough. They will be given back pay once a … [Read more...] about 3 ways the U.S. government shutdown affects world
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By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm Once again the U.S. government is lurching toward a partial shutdown over a funding stalemate as Democrats and Republicans in Congress feud over border policy. Unless they reach an agreement, Uncle Sam will run out of money for several major services at 9 p.m. Friday. First things first: The post office will continue to ship those last-minute gifts and the Transportation Security Administration will continue to screen travelers at the nation’s airports. But access to Alcatraz Island and other National Parks could be at risk, and if the shutdown carries on, everything from tax refunds to issuing of passports could be delayed. It would mark the third shutdown this year, after a three-day closure in January followed by a brief, early-morning lapse in February that ended before dawn when the President signed a $400 billion … [Read more...] about So the U.S. government might shut down: What’s that mean for me?
Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg Published 4:59 am, Sunday, May 27, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Zach Gibson. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue speaks during a Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on infrastructure in Washington on March 14, 2018. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue speaks during a Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on infrastructure in Washington on March 14, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Zach Gibson. When working for the U.S. government might pose a cancer risk 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Located on the National Mall just steps from the Washington Monument, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's imposing headquarters include employees who monitor the health and safety of America's food supply. But some people who work there are beginning to … [Read more...] about When working for the U.S. government might pose a cancer risk
Not the White House, the State Department or the CIA. The recordings were published by a U.S.-government-funded web site called Polygraph.info, whose reporter says she got them from a source close to the Kremlin. Polygraph is a relatively new fact-checking arm of an obscure, diminutive media effort by the U.S. to highlight Russian misdeeds and counter Russian propaganda. It's an anomaly in the Trump administration — perhaps the only part of the U.S. government whose job is to regularly punch back against what experts say is a stream of Russian disinformation aimed at America and the West. "At the end of the day, the Russians are engaging in information warfare — they're telling lies," said John Lansing, a former television executive who oversees the effort. "And we're confronting them toe-to-toe with fact-based, truthful, professional journalism." Russia's proficiency at information war has been on display in the wake of the U.S.-led military strike Friday night in Syria. … [Read more...] about One tiny corner of the U.S. government pushes back against Russian disinformation
A treasure hunt that stretched from the Jersey shore to the Rocky Mountains came to fruition Wednesday with the unveiling in Colorado of a cache of long-forgotten World War I-era antiquities. The search began six years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when New Jersey native Shane Morris Sparks was sifting through old boxes and stumbled across song lyrics written decades ago by a globe-trotting envoy of the U.S. government. Intrigued, Sparks tucked away the work of Amos Peaslee but pretty much forgot about it until last Thanksgiving, when Sparks recalled that a cousin of hers had grown up with some of Peaslee’s descendants. The connection ultimately led Sparks to Colorado Springs resident Robin Peaslee Dougall, a Peaslee grandson who then went through his own long-forgotten boxes of family possessions. What emerged was a wellspring of history — papers, photos and other artifacts recounting the end of World War I, the signing of the Treaty of … [Read more...] about Relics in Colorado that helped close World War I were just donated to the U.S. government — but how did they get here?