POLITICS 01/16/2019 01:36 pm ET The drop in business at the Parsnipity Cafe in Wichita shows the damage being done beyond Washington. By Dave Jamieson Cynthia Wilson does not work for the federal government. Nor do the other women who work in Wilson’s little eatery in Wichita, Kansas, the Parsnipity Cafe. But as the record-long government shutdown has demonstrated to a painful degree, Wilson and all her employees rely heavily on a federal workforce that shows up for work. Without it, the cafe has lost about a third of their customers, leaving Wilson to wonder how she will keep her business open if the shutdown goes on much longer. “We are in crisis mode,” Wilson, 61, told HuffPost. “I think what people don’t understand is that for people who aren’t government workers, it just trickles down to an extraordinary degree.” The partial shutdown that began Dec. 22 over President Donald Trump’s border wall funding demands shows … [Read more...] about A Little Cafe In Kansas Feels The Ripple Effects Of The Government Shutdown
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close Video Which party has more to lose as partial government shutdown drags on? “We must cultivate our garden.” – "Candide" by Voltaire The cultivation of the third government shutdown of 2018 began with a late-night Senate quorum call on Dec. 19. Not an ersatz quorum call where a clerk reads “Mr. Alexander” and then falls silent for 15 minutes before uttering the next name on the scroll, “Ms. Baldwin.” Heaven knows when they would ever get to “Mr. Barrasso” or Mr. Bennet.” No. The Senate was in a live quorum call in an effort to coerce senators to the chamber to eventually vote to fund the government. In this instance, the Senate was truly trying to determine whether Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and their 96 colleagues were present. A moment later, the Senate determined there wasn’t a quorum in the chamber. So the next vote was to … [Read more...] about How the partial government shutdown came to be: A look behind the scenes
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jeremy C. Fox and Lucas Phillips Globe Correspondents December 22, 2018 Seven-year-old Liam Benn ran up to Charlestown’s Bunker Hill Monument all smiles on Saturday afternoon. “You can climb it!” the Rhode Island boy called to his great aunt and cousin as they caught up. “I want to climb it!” But Liam hesitated at a laminated sign, zip-tied next to the entrance. “Wait, what does that mean?” he asked. Advertisement “Government shutdown,” cousin Kim Benn, 38, read aloud. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here “Thanks, Trump,” she added. Across New England, residents and holiday visitors awoke Saturday morning to reduced services and temporarily … [Read more...] about Some Boston historic sites are closed in government shutdown
close Video Why can't the GOP-led Congress get the wall, health care? The White House has been insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of the federal government are set to shut down at midnight Friday. Fox News is told there are some efforts to try to convince President Trump that a short-term spending bill is better. That would give Trump the opportunity to fight next year over the wall. “I’m not sure that will sell,” said one source. Some in the White House’s legislative affairs shop are coming to Capitol Hill to discuss options, although multiple Republican sources on Capitol Hill say they are running out of time. Video “There are not a lot of options, and not a lot of certainty,” said one senior Republican source. Several GOP sources suggest that the Trump administration has broad latitude to determine … [Read more...] about As possible government shutdown looms, senior GOP source says ‘not a lot of options’
ONE of the world's most famous landmarks is a delight to millions of jovial and creative tourists each year. The Leaning Tower of Pisa has left people scratching their heads for centuries - exactly how does it not topple over? Here's what you need to know. Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? One of Italy's most famous landmarks, and definitely Pisa's, began sinking into its Tuscan surroundings almost immediately after being erected. Construction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site began in 1173 in the then maritime republic of Pisa, but the sandy soil meant it quickly began to tilt. Is the Tower being straightened? The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually defying its name, or at least beginning to. The structure has lost approximately 1.5 inches of its tilt over the past 17 years. The four centimetre movement comes after extensive consolidation work done between 1993 and 2001, which was required to reverse its slump and keep the tower upright. It means that the building. which attracts … [Read more...] about Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean and is it being straightened?