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Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

Budget Battle-5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it. The finger-pointing played out in rare...


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Signs of government shutdown spotty but symbolic

Budget Battle Statue of Liberty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island turned away visitors in...


Government

Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns

Trump Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s budget chief Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn’t mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House. In both spots, he’s been at the center of government shutdowns. As a...


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AP FACT CHECK: Trump disdained jobless rate, now loves it

Trump One Year Photo Gallery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, the presidential candidate, would not like the way Trump, the president, is crowing about today’s unemployment rate. He’d be calling the whole thing a “hoax.” Trump raised a red flag about declining jobless numbers during his campaign, so as to deny President Barack...


Government

The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a 'present' from Democrats

Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...


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US government shuts down as partisan blame game heats up

Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday. That has halted all but the most essential operations and marred the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations...


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In run-up to shutdown, an erosion of trust derailed talks

Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president was angry. He’d been fuming since the previous night, mad at his chief of staff John Kelly for saying on television Wednesday that Trump’s views on a border wall had “evolved.” To his base, that’s a worse offense than shutting down the government, Trump told a...


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Analysis: Emboldened Democrats take a risk on a shutdown

APTOPIX Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don’t blink. In forcing a showdown over immigration — and triggering a government shutdown — Democrats have embraced a confrontational, rule-...


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US government shuts down as Congress fails to overcome standoff over spending and

WASHINGTON (AP) — US government shuts down as Congress fails to overcome standoff over spending and immigration.


Government

White House blames impending shutdown on Democrats, calls them "obstructionist losers,

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House blames impending shutdown on Democrats, calls them “obstructionist losers, not legislators”


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