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blame game: congress reconvenes but makes no apparent progress on ending shutdow


democrats and republicans blamed each other for the government shutdown that began at midnight friday.        






democrats, gop hold out hope for ending government shutdown


washington — president donald trump's budget director is holding out hope that feuding democrats and republicans in congress can reach a short-term spending agreement before the start of the workweek monday, but he worries that the government shutdown could last for several more days if progress remains elusive.democratic lawmakers challenged the president to get more involved and to accept bipartisan compromise as a way out of a shutdown that entered its second day sunday amid finger-pointing from both parties as to who bears primary responsibility."i really do believe that at heart here there was an interest by some folks in the democratic party to deny the president sort of the victory lap of the anniversary of his inauguration, the chance to talk about the success of the tax bill, the






us government shutdown possible if democrats don’t act better: mulvaney


white house budget director mick mulvaney accused democrats on tuesday of trying to make president donald trump look bad by claiming victory in budget negotiations and added that a government shutdown might be inevitable if they do not act better.asked about trump’s tweet about a possible government shutdown in september, mulvaney said: “i think the president is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the democrats and they went out to try to spike the football and make him look bad.”“we’ve got a lot to do between now and september. i don’t anticipate a shutdown in september, but if the democrats aren’t going to behave any better than they have in the last couple of days, it may be inevitable,” he said.(reporting by jeff mason; writing by david alexander; editing by






ted cruz concerned democrats will trigger government shutdown


ted cruz, no stranger himself to government funding fights, expressed concern monday that the “democratic radical left” would prompt a government shutdown in the coming weeks as congress faces an april 28 deadline to pass a spending bill.“you know, i very much hope we don’t have a shutdown,” cruz told reporters. “i will say i’m concerned. i think [senate minority leader] chuck schumer and the democrats want a shutdown.”cruz had a starring role in the 2013 government shutdown, which lasted 16 days and was prompted over failed efforts by republicans to defund the affordable care act. afterward, some republicans blamed cruz for helping instigate the shutdown without a realistic plan to prompt the obama administration to blink on the issue. “you know, one of the dynamics we’ve got is the democ






the latest: trump calls shutdown a 'present' from democrats


washington — the latest on the government shutdown (all times local):7:35 a.m.president donald trump is blaming democrats for the government shutdown — tweeting that they wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.he says democrats "could have easily made a deal but decided to play shutdown politics instead."and as part of a series of tweets hours after the shutdown began, the president is trying to make the case for americans to elect more republicans in the november elections "in order to power through this mess."trump is accusing democrats of being more concerned with "illegal immigrants than they are with our great military or safety at our dangerous" border with mexico.he's also noting there are 51 republicans in the senate, and it takes 6






trump reportedly says government shutdown may benefit him


by josh dawsey, sean sullivan and ed o’keefe | washington postwashington – president donald trump has concluded that a government shutdown might be good for him politically and is focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his outreach to democrats this fall, according to people who have spoken with him recently.over the past 10 days, the president has also told advisers that it is important that he is seen as tough on immigration and getting money for a wall along the u.s.-mexico border, according to two people who have spoken with him. he has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on the democrats.get top headlines in your inbox every afternoon. get the free pm repor






gop committee blasts 'schumer shutdown' as chairman disavows 'shu


sen. cory gardner said both parties should take the blame if there is government shutdown while the republican group he leads was blaming democrats.        






‘imagine a good shutdown… that fixes this town’


office of management and budget director mick mulvaney had an unusual lecture for reporters on tuesday about how a “good shutdown” would “fix” washington, d.c.at tuesday’s white house press briefing, mulvaney complained that democrats had taken credit for “winning” negotiations over a $1 trillion spending bill. earlier in the day, president donald trump had also lashed out at democrats’ budget spin and threatened to shut down the government during future negotiations.the reason for the plan negotiated between the republicans and democrats is that we need 60 votes in the senate which are not there! we….— donald j. trump (@realdonaldtrump) may 2, 2017either elect more republican senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. our country needs a good "shutdown" in september to fix mess!— do






mnuchin: government shutdown unlikely but could happen


treasury secretary steven t. mnuchin said on sunday that a government shutdown this week was unlikely but possible.a two-week stopgap spending bill passed by congress earlier this month provided enough funding to keep the government running through friday. a deadlock on another temporary funding measure would open the door to a possible shutdown.“i can’t rule it out, but i can’t imagine it occurring,” mnuchin said on “fox news sunday,” suggesting everyone had an interest in avoiding the government grinding to a halt and federal workers going unpaid, especially in the holiday season. “i would expect that both the house and senate, republicans and democrats, understand if they can’t agree on this, they need to have another short-term extension to move this to january,” the treasury secretary






the latest: congress seems no closer to reopening government


washington — the latest on the government shutdown (all times local):2:55 p.m.republicans and democrats appear to be no closer to ending a government shutdown, and the white house is indicating it's waiting for democrats to drop their demand that a funding bill include protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.budget director mick mulvaney and legislative affairs director marc short are lobbing verbal attacks at democrats for blocking a spending bill over the unrelated legislation.short told reporters saturday that "it's like a 2-year-old temper tantrum."mulvaney says the administration is trying to mitigate the impact of the funding lapse, noting many national parks and government offices will be open during the duration. but he says the effects will






white house on shutdown: 'this is the behavior of obstructionist losers'


white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders issued this statement as the clock struck midnight and the federal government began shutting down when the senate failed to pass a funding measure:“senate democrats own the schumer shutdown. tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all americans. we will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” sanders said.“this is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. when democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform,” she said. “during this politically manufactured schumer shutdown, the president a






blame game: congress reconvenes with no solution in sight to end shutdown


democrats and republicans blamed each other for the government shutdown that began at midnight friday.        






some conservatives praise trump's suggestion that government 'needs' a shutdown


it’s an unconventional perspective, from an unconventional president: the government should be shuttered.“our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in september to fix mess,” president trump tweeted tuesday morning.his tweet came as congress is set to approve a $1-trillion budget bill that funds the government through september, but does not advance funds for a wall along the u.s.-mexico border — a key promise trump made throughout the campaign.in 2013, the government shut down for more than two weeks after congress was unable to agree on a budget for the new fiscal year, leaving nearly 800,000 federal employees out of work without pay.although trump’s tweet confused those on both sides of the aisle, the notion that the government needs to be shuttered has been floated by some conservative activ






democrats should vote for short-term bill – the mercury news


washington (ap) — the latest on the government shutdown (all times local):11:30 a.m.house speaker paul ryan says that if democrats want to protect young immigrants in the country illegally, they should vote for a short-term spending bill.the wisconsin republican says, “open the government back up and then we’ll get back to negotiating.”the federal government entered the second day of a shutdown sunday.appearing on cbs’ “face the nation,” ryan says good-faith negotiations on an immigration deal are taking place, though democrats take issue with that assessment.as a citizen, donald trump criticized president barack obama during the 2013 government shutdown for failing to “lead” and getting everyone in the room.ryan says on the current shutdown, “you can’t blame donald trump for the senate de






the latest: ryan: democrats should vote for short-term bill


washington — the latest on the government shutdown (all times local):11:30 a.m.house speaker paul ryan says that if democrats want to protect young immigrants in the country illegally, they should vote for a short-term spending bill.the wisconsin republican says, "open the government back up and then we'll get back to negotiating."the federal government entered the second day of a shutdown sunday.appearing on cbs' "face the nation," ryan says good-faith negotiations on an immigration deal are taking place, though democrats take issue with that assessment.as a citizen, donald trump criticized president barack obama during the 2013 government shutdown for failing to "lead" and getting everyone in the room.ryan says on the current shutdown, "you can't blame donald trump for the senate democra






senate adjourns as federal shutdown ends day 1


republicans and democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending saturday as americans awoke to the first day of a federal government shutdown. (jan. 20) (credit: the associated press) by tom [email protected] @tombrunedc updated january 20, 2018 8:43 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailwashington — congress made little progress saturday toward agreeing on a spending bill to reopen the government the day after funding lapsed, as republicans and democrats spent most of an unusual saturday session blaming each other.both sides engaged in behind-the-scenes talks as they insisted they wanted to quickly end the stalemate and avoid letting it stretch into monday, when americans would see closed government offices, furloughed employees, and u






senate to reconvene later today as shutdown continues


republicans and democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending saturday as americans awoke to the first day of a federal government shutdown. (jan. 20) (credit: the associated press) by tom [email protected] @tombrunedc updated january 21, 2018 8:42 am print see commentsshare share tweet share emailwashington — congress made little progress saturday toward agreeing on a spending bill to reopen the government the day after funding lapsed, as republicans and democrats spent most of an unusual saturday session blaming each other.both sides engaged in behind-the-scenes talks as they insisted they wanted to quickly end the stalemate and avoid letting it stretch into monday, when americans would see closed government offices, furloughed employees, and u






senate adjourns as federal shutdown ends day 1


republicans and democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending saturday as americans awoke to the first day of a federal government shutdown. (jan. 20) (credit: the associated press)by tom [email protected] @tombrunedc updated january 20, 2018 8:43 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailwashington — congress made little progress saturday toward agreeing on a spending bill to reopen the government the day after funding lapsed, as republicans and democrats spent most of an unusual saturday session blaming each other.both sides engaged in behind-the-scenes talks as they insisted they wanted to quickly end the stalemate and avoid letting it stretch into monday, when americans would see closed government offices, furloughed employees, and un






trump's budget director suggests wall fight won't trigger shutdown


the white house budget director, mick mulvaney, says he thinks a government shutdown can be averted before the friday deadline.congressional republicans and democrats are negotiating a temporary funding measure to keep the federal government from running out of money on friday. mulvaney said in an tv interview aired sunday that there could be an accord in place soon to ensure a shutdown won't occur.“the negotiations are ongoing, and there’s no reason we can’t have an agreement there as early as today,” mulvaney said on “fox news sunday.” “i don’t think anybody foresees or expects or wants a shutdown," he added. president trump is demanding that the spending measure include $5 billion to begin building a massive wall along the border with mexico and to enhance enforcement of immigration law






what happens if the us government shuts down? | usa news


the united states government is on the brink of a shutdown.republicans in the house of representatives have passed a stopgap measure that would fund the us government for four weeks, known as a "continuing resolution", or cr.president donald trump would support the measure.they now need the backing of some democrats for the bill to pass the senate by midnight on friday, when funding for the us government runs out.the disagreement that could cause the shutdown - a costly political move for either party - comes after the collapse of bipartisan talks on a us spending bill that hinged on continued protections for undocumented immigrants, which democrats support.with less than 24 hours left for action, the shutdown appears to be possible.it would deliver a "direct and indirect impact" on the us






congress convenes rare saturday session with no solution in sight to end shutdow


democrats and republicans huddled in separate camps, emerging only to blame each other for the government shutdown that began at midnight friday.        






on first day of partial government shutdown, democrats' strategy poses some risk


democrats have grown used to winning political face-offs over government shutdowns, smiling from the sidelines as republicans struggled to contain the unruly factions in their party. on saturday, democrats got a taste of that stomach-churning game.on the first day of the first partial government shutdown since 2013, democrats were playing a risky strategy, caught between a rising activist base that demands protection for young immigrants and moderate lawmakers who fear taking the blame as iconic sites like the statue of liberty were closed and an estimated 800,000 federal employees faced the prospect of unpaid furloughs.both sides furiously blamed the other for the impasse, which is unlikely to end before monday, and both sides faced considerable political danger as they gear up for midter






trump signs short-term bill to avoid government shutdown


cbs/apapril 28, 2017, 11:21 pmpresident trump signed a bill on april 28, 2017 to keep the government funded for another week. reuters/carlos barria a government shutdown was avoided friday when president trump signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government running through next week.trump signed the continuing resolution in private friday night after he returned to the white house from a daytrip to atlanta.playvideocbsntrump blames democrats for trying to force shutdown president trump blasted democrats in a series of tweets over the potential for a government shutdown as today's deadline looms. usa today's eliza... the temporary spending bill keeps the government functioning through next friday, may 6. it buys lawmakers time to wrap up negotiations on a larger, $1 trillion package






what happens if the us government shuts down? | news


the united states government is on the brink of a shutdown.republicans in the house of representatives have passed a stopgap measure that would fund the us government for four weeks, known as a "continuing resolution", or cr.president donald trump will support the measure.they now need the backing of some democrats for the bill to pass the senate by midnight on friday, when funding for the us government runs out.the disagreement that could cause the shutdown - a costly political move for either party - comes after the collapse of bipartisan talks on a us spending bill that hinged on continued protections under the daca programme for undocumented immigrants, which democrats support.with less than 24 hours left for action, the shutdown appears possible.it would deliver a "direct and indirect






gop, democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown's 1st day


washington — republicans and democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending saturday as americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate.the closure of many government agencies was a striking display of washington dysfunction, played out on the anniversary of president donald trump's inauguration, and there was more finger-pointing than signs of bipartisan dealmaking.trump made light of the debacle in a tweet that said democrats "wanted to give me a nice present" to mark the start of his second year in office.the president spoke with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., to discuss the next possible steps, while chief of staff john kelly also worke






us government shuts down over immigration impasse | trump news


the united states government shut down on saturday, after members of congress failed to reach an agreement on the divisive issue of immigration and government spending.in a late-night vote, opposition democrats in the senate joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running for another four weeks.the shutdown comes exactly a year after donald trump took his oath as us president.on social media, trump lashed out at the opposition for the impasse, saying the democrats "want a shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the tax cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy".{articleguid}in a separate statement, the white house press secretary called democrats "obstructionist losers, not legislators".just a few hours earlier, the president had praised the s






us shutdown: trump and democrats blame each other


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionminority democrat leader chuck schumer accuses president trump of "rooting for a shutdown"recriminations have begun over the failure of the us senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services.a bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did not receive the required 60 votes by the deadline of midnight on friday.president trump accused the democrats of putting politics above the interests of the american people.the democrats blame him for rejecting bipartisan compromise proposals.both the republican and democrat congressional leaders say they will keep talking, and the white house budget chief has expressed optimism that a resolution will be found soon.but hundreds of thousands of federal wor






‘imagine a good shutdown… that fixes this town’


facebook, politics, trump news, u.s. news, whoa!budget chief defends trump tweet by yelling at reporters: ‘imagine a good shutdown… that fixes this town’david edwards02 may 2017 at 14:53 etoffice of management and budget director mick mulvaney had an unusual lecture for reporters on tuesday about how a “good shutdown” would “fix” washington, d.c.at tuesday’s white house press briefing, mulvaney complained that democrats had taken credit for “winning” negotiations over a $1 trillion spending bill. earlier in the day, president donald trump had also lashed out at democrats’ budget spin and threatened to shut down the government during future negotiations.trump’s tweet prompted a heated discussion between mulvaney and reporters about what a “good shutdown” would look like.“the signal that we






government shutdown begins on anniversary of trump's inauguration


republicans and democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending saturday as americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate.the closure of many government agencies was a striking display of washington dysfunction, played out on the anniversary of president donald trump's inauguration, and there was more finger-pointing than signs of bipartisan dealmaking.trump made light of the debacle in a tweet that said democrats "wanted to give me a nice present" to mark the start of his second year in office.the president spoke with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., to discuss the next possible steps, while chief of staff john kelly also worked the phones.






mcconnell: no government shutdown this week over immigration


testing the resolve of democrats, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell declared sunday there won't be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a "non-emergency" to be addressed next year."there's not going to be a government shutdown. it's just not going to happen," said mcconnell, r-ky.house gop leaders unveiled a short-term plan over the weekend to avert a shutdown and keep the government open through dec. 22. the measure would buy time for bipartisan talks on a bigger budget agreement that would give the pentagon and government agencies significant relief from a pending budget freeze.congress faces a friday deadline to fund the government through the end of next september.democrats and a f






us shutdown: trump and democrats blame each other


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionmajority republican leader senator mitch mcconnell accuses the democrats of "irresponsible political games"recriminations have begun over the failure of the us senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services.a bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did not receive the required 60 votes by the deadline of midnight on friday.president trump accused the democrats of putting politics above the interests of the american people.the democrats blame him for rejecting bipartisan compromise proposals.both the republican and democrat congressional leaders say they will keep talking, and the white house budget chief has expressed optimism that a resolution will be found before monday.but if not, hu






mccarthy trolls feinstein over her 2013 shutdown position


as democrats and republicans each try to blame the other party (and president trump) over what looks likely to be a government shutdown, look no further than california’s delegation for the split. house majority leader kevin mccarthy (r-bakersfield) retweeted a critical post from democratic sen. dianne feinstein in 2013, when republicans led a 16-day shutdown in their failed bid to repeal obamacare.






gop-led house expected to vote on measure to replace obamacare


it’s an unconventional perspective, from an unconventional president: the government should be shuttered.“our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in september to fix mess,” president trump tweeted tuesday morning.his tweet came as congress is set to approve a $1-trillion budget bill that funds the government through september, but does not advance funds for a wall along the u.s.-mexico border — a key promise trump made throughout the campaign.in 2013, the government shut down for more than two weeks after congress was unable to agree on a budget for the new fiscal year, leaving nearly 800,000 federal employees out of work without pay.although trump’s tweet confused those on both sides of the aisle, the notion that the government needs to be shuttered has been floated by some conservative activ






what happens when the us government shuts down? | news


the united states federal government began partial shutdown at midnight friday after senate democrats voted to block a bill over immigration and spending.a measure to fund the government until the middle of february was passed in the house of representatives on thursday. but the republican-led senate was unable to sway enough democrats to vote for the bill that would have kept agencies open.the shutdown comes after the collapse of bipartisan talks on a us spending bill that hinged on continued protections under the daca programme for undocumented immigrants, which democrats support.it would deliver a "direct and indirect impact" on the us economy, beth ann bovino, a senior economist at financial ratings agency standard and poor's (s&p), told al jazeera.the last shutdown was in 2013 and las






surfers take advantage of big waves under gray skies


orange county surfers grabbed their boards and braved the foggy beach early tuesday with the hope of catching some sizable waves expected to hit the coast through wednesday evening.the larger-than-normal surf is the result of swells caused by a series of storms in the gulf of alaska. the national weather service this week issued a high-surf advisory for orange county through wednesday.waves began building along the coast monday. by tuesday, the popular blackies surf spot in newport beach saw occasional 5-foot sets. huntington beach is expected to get larger waves, in the 5- to 8-foot range.the weather service also warned beachgoers of rip currents, beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions as a result of the swells.lifeguards suggest beachgoers check ocean conditions before entering






trump, schumer meet at white house as a divided congress hurtles toward governme


president donald trump and senate democratic leader chuck schumer met friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided washington locked in partisan stare-down over politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.republicans and democrats in congress and the white house traded blame for the possible shutdown just hours remaining before the midnight deadline. trump phoned the new york lawmaker to invite him to the white house to try to reach some sort of accord.democrats in the senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the house thursday evening. that could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they poin






interesting thing of the day


in his 1850 novel the black tulip, french author alexandre dumas (père) describes a competition, initiated by the dutch city of haarlem in the 1670s, in which 100,000 florins (150 florins being the average yearly income at the time) would be given to the first person who could grow a black tulip. although dumas’s story is fictional, it is based on a very real phenomenon that took place in the netherlands in the early 17th century.between 1634 and 1637, the netherlands (then called the united provinces) saw the rise and fall of many fortunes due to an intense period of tulip trading. now described as tulipomania, it involved the wild overvaluation of certain types of tulip, leading to the eventual crash of the inflated market.it might seem strange that tulips inspired such an economic frenz